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Through the hosting of conferences, panels and seminars, the Center for Animal Law provides educational and networking platforms to facilitate the exchange of ideas among scholars in the field, attorneys, and the general public. Our panels have covered some of the most notable issues in animal law including state and federal animal welfare laws, factory farming, dog fighting, puppy mills, animals in entertainment and tort valuation of animals.

Upcoming Events


HSUS in Illinois: Turning Compassion into Legislative Action
Thursday, October 18, 2018
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

This lunchtime presentation by Marc Ayers, Illinois State Director of the Humane Society of the United States, will provide a brief overview of the HSUS and recap major legislative achievements. Topics will include the recent ban on ivory sales in Illinois, as well as potential changes to bobcat hunting laws in the state. He will also discuss additional pending and future legislation to be introduced over the fall and spring legislative sessions in the Illinois General Assembly.

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The Center for Animal Law's Spring Seminar will focus on the Legal Status of Animals with topics including: the intellectual property rights of animals, the legal standing of animals, and sentience.