One of the great shifts in the modern framing criminal justice in the United States has been the success of the crime victim movement in arguing that crime victims have a meaningful place in criminal law, distinct from both the state and defendants. More recently, various jurisdictions have applied similar concepts to cases involving crimes against animals—by providing the animal victim with a legal advocate. Most notably Connecticut’s passage of Desmond’s Law established a state-wide system for doing just that: allowing pro-bono attorneys and supervised law students to be appointed in certain animal cases. This model that has since been adopted in Maine, and similar laws are being considered in about a half dozen statehouses.
The Animal Legal Defense Fund’s David B. Rosengard joins Justice Clearinghouse to explore how these laws work, what their impact is, and what the future is likely to hold in this cutting-edge area where animal law and crime victim law overlap.
Webinars in this Series with the ALDF include:
- The Status of Animals in Criminal Animal Cruelty Cases
- Understanding Wildlife Animal Cruelty
- Preserving the Bond: the Veterinarian’s Role in Pre-Empting Animal Cruelty
- When the Evidence Needs a Home: Pre-Conviction Forfeiture
- June 15: Courtroom Animal Advocate Programs: At the Crossroads of Crime Victim Law and Animal Law (this webinar)
- July 15: Prosecuting Farmed Animal Cruelty
The National Animal Care & Control Association (NACA) was formed in 1978 for the express purpose of assisting its members to perform their duties in a professional manner. We believe only carefully selected and properly trained animal control personnel can correct community problems resulting from irresponsible animal ownership. NACA’s purpose is to preserve the Human/Animal Bond by insisting on responsible animal ownership.
Founded in 1979, the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s mission is to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system. The Animal Legal Defense Fund accomplishes this mission by filing high-impact lawsuits to protect animals from harm, providing free legal assistance and training to prosecutors to assure that animal abusers are held accountable for their crimes, supporting tough animal protection legislation and fighting legislation harmful to animals, and providing resources and opportunities to law students and professionals to advance the emerging field of animal law.