An animal subjected to cruelty or neglect is a crime victim unlike any other. She is simultaneously a living being who requires care and treatment; living evidence of crime whose condition must be documented and handled in a way that does not jeopardize the case against her alleged abuser; and a crime victim entitled to certain statutory protections and sentencing considerations—all while being the property of her abuser, who may retain a constitutionally protected ownership interest. Join Emily Lewis and Jamie Contreras, Senior Staff Attorneys with Animal Legal Defense Fund’s Criminal Justice Program, for a discussion of the complex status of animals in criminal law.
Webinars in this Series with the ALDF include:
- Sept 29: The Status of Animals in Criminal Animal Cruelty Cases (this webinar)
- 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
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.