Student Animal Legal Defense Fund News

SALDF Meeting!

The Student Animal Legal Defense Fund will be meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 21 from 12pm - 1pm in Room 171, and on Thursday, Jan. 22 from 12:10pm - 1pm in Room 177. We hope you will attend whichever meeting fits your schedule!

SALDF Meeting

The Student Animal Legal Defense Fund will have a meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 5th from 12:10 - 1 pm in Room 177. Hope to see you all there!!

SALDF Pet Photo Contest Winner!!

The Student Animal Legal Defense Fund would like to congratulate Mimi and Mason for being the most spirited pets! We would also like to thank Jane and President James Ramsey for submitting a photo of these very spirited dogs! Congratulations!




Pet Photo Contest Extended!!

The Pet Photo Contest has been extended through next week! We want to make sure the pet with the most school spirit has a chance to show it! There is still time to submit a photo of your pet. If you would like to submit a photo, please see any member of SALDF or e-mail your photo to We know your pets have school spirit, let's see it!! 

SALDF Meeting

The Student Animal Legal Defense Fund will have a meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 24th at 12:10 pm and 4:30 pm in Room 177. Hope to see you all there!!

The Student Animal Legal Defense Fund Invites You to Dinner & A Movie!!

Please join the Brandeis Student Animal Legal Defense Fund for Dinner and a Movie at the Red Barn, September 10th. 

Eleni Vlachos will be screening her documentary "Seeing Through The Fence." Through a series of humorous and poignant interviews conducted across the US and in Greece with 'random people,' the documentarian's family, and activists, "Seeing Through the Fence" explores the role of food in modern society and our connection, or lack of connection, with both the processes and animals from which our food originates. A question and answer session with the filmmaker will follow the film. A vegan pasta dinner complete with garlic bread, drink and dessert will be served while food lasts.


Dinner: 5pm - $5

Movie: 6pm - FREE

Student Animal Legal Defense Fund - First Meeting of the Year!!

Please Join Us for Our First Meeting of the Year!!! Wednesday, August 27th from 12:10 - 1 pm in Room 177. We will also have an evening meeting from 5:15 - 6 pm in Room 177 for students who cannot attend the daytime meeting. 


The Student Animal Legal Defense Fund is planning an upcoming fundraiser.  We will donate proceeds to Kentucky animal welfare organizations.  If you resemble your pet, you are the perfect participant.  Beginning tomorrow, we will accept pictures of law students, professors, and staff with their animal companions. Each entry is only $1! In just a few weeks, we will display these pictures and allow people to indicate which person most closely resembles his or her animal companion by dropping spare change into jars.  The winner will receive a Feeder's Supply Gift Card and various other animal related prizes.  All participants will get the satisfaction of knowing they helped their animal friends by raising funds for animals.

 To enter please place your $1 donation, picture, and name and contact number in an envelope.  Please place the envelope in Brittany Ducker's mailbox.  All submissions must be received by Friday, October 12th.


During the fundraiser, SALDF members will also be available to give you updates on the current state of animal law in the US and current initiatives in which the SALDF has become involved.  Unfortunately, KY ranks #50 in animal protection laws among US states.  We have the worst laws in America.  This is extremely embarassing and has to change.  Please participate in this fundraiser, and keep your ears open.  The SALDF is committed to informing our law school community about chances to help animals.

Humane Society Fundraiser

We have one extra ticket to a Humane Society Fundraiser this Saturday in Lexington.  This is a great opportunity to network in the Animal Law community.  Further, Wayne Pacelle, President and CEO will be there talking, as well as Susan Monger who is in charge of the Rural Veterinarian Services.  Please contact Ashley Duncan for further information if you are interested in attending.  The ticket is first come first served.


Take Action for Confined Calves!

Greetings Law Students,

As you know, the Animal Legal Defense Fund is committed to protecting the lives of animals everywhere. But you may not know that we have filed a lawsuit against Mendes Calf Ranch for their violation of California animal cruelty laws.

A calf at Mendes Calf RanchThe ranch is a facility that dairy producers use to house and raise newborn calves while their mothers are milked. The babies are taken soon after birth and shipped away to live in Mendes's cramped, filthy crates with barely enough room to move.

Day after day, these calves live by themselves in crates so small they can't even turn around or lie down naturally. They must contort their bodies even to stand in the small space, which is often covered with their own excrement. This is in direct violation of California Penal Code Section 597t, which provides: "Every person who keeps an animal confined in an enclosed area shall provide it with an adequate exercise area..." (emphasis added).

While we wait for the courts to stop this practice, there is more we can do for these animals right now. We need to reach Mendes through the people they're most likely to listen to: their clients.

Major dairy producers Land O'Lakes and Challenge Dairy get their milk from calves who spend the first months of their lives confined at Mendes Calf Ranch. It's time to let dairy corporations know that these practices are unnecessary - and unacceptable.

For these reasons, ALDF is launching the Free Baby Mendes campaign in an effort to mobilize consumers and animal lovers to sign on to a letter we'll deliver to Land O'Lakes and Challenge Dairy. Please visit the site now to sign the letter and ask your friends to do the same. This is also an excellent opportunity to help us spread the word on your campus about ALDF v. Mendes and the corporations that profit from the cruelty taking place at Mendes Calf Ranch.  IT WILL ONLY TAKE A FEW MINUTES!!  PLEASE VISIT THE FOLLOWING SITE TO ELECTRONICALLY SIGN THE PETITION: