When a low-income client presents a severely neglected animal to a veterinarian for treatment, the doctor faces a difficult conundrum: is it their duty to protect the animal from continued neglect or is it their duty to help the person who may be struggling financially to care for their animal? In states where veterinary reporting of animal cruelty is mandatory, the stress this ethical dilemma can put on a veterinarian is significant. Throughout this presentation, Emily Lewis, Senior Staff Attorney for the Animal Legal Defense Fund, will provide clarity around the veterinarian’s role in addressing animal cruelty resulting from poverty.
Webinars in this Series with the ALDF include:
- Sept 29: The Status of Animals in Criminal Animal Cruelty Cases
- Oct 29: Understanding Wildlife Animal Cruelty
- Jan 21, 2021: Prosecuting Farmed Animal Cruelty
- April 1: When the Evidence Needs a Home: Pre-Conviction Forfeiture
- July 15: Preserving the Bond: the Veterinarian’s Role in Pre-Empting Animal Cruelty (this webinar)
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.