play_arrow

iROAR member

Animal Law Podcast #70: The Case of the “Teachable Moments”

Mariann Sullivan 31 March 2021 4 1


Background
share close

On this episode of the Animal Law Podcast, I speak with Vanessa Shakib of Advancing Law for Animals about Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation and Stop Animal Exploitation Now! (“SAEN”) v USDA, in which the plaintiffs sought to vacate two rules promulgated by USDA’s Animal Care division without notice to the public or an opportunity to comment, as required by the Administrative Procedure Act. These rules concerned the implementation of two new enforcement policies, the Orwellian-entitled, “Teachable Moments Rule” and “Self-Reporting Rule,” that drastically limited the ability of concerned members of the public and others to ascertain the true violation history regarding the treatment of animals at licensed facilities, including both puppy mills and laboratories. She’ll also tell us about the recent settlement that resolved the lawsuit and how members of the public can best make use the information now available on the USDA website.

We also speak briefly about a recently filed case, also on behalf of SAEN, against the University of California regarding the stark contrast between the University’s claims regarding how animals are kept in their laboratories and the evidence the plaintiff has  gathered revealing a much darker picture. 

Vanessa Shakib co-founded and co-directs Advancing Law for Animals, a non-profit law firm for our non-human friends that focuses on animal law, government accountability, and illegal business practices. There, she develops impact litigation to further the interests of animals exploited in research and industrial food production. Vanessa regularly presents talks as an invited expert in animal law both nationally and abroad.

Prior to animal law, Vanessa specialized in illegal taxation, consumer protection, and inverse condemnation, among other practice areas. Her track record in government oversight informs her work at Advancing Law for Animals, where she has successfully challenged cruel and illegally-promulgated regulations at the federal level, and lack of animal-welfare enforcement at the local level. Vanessa continues to consult on a variety of legal matters through her private practice, Shakib Law, PC.

Join Animal Law professor and longtime activist Mariann Sullivan as she unpacks the latest updates, cases, and news from the burgeoning world of animal law.

SUBSCRIBE: iTunes | Stitcher | RSS

Previous episode
The Animal Law Podcast
play_arrow
share playlist_add
close
  • 29

iROAR member

Animal Law Podcast #69: The Case of the SPCA and the Puppy Mill

Mariann Sullivan 24 February 2021

On this episode of the Animal Law Podcast, I speak with Christopher Berry, a managing attorney in the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s Litigation Program, where he oversees strategic impact litigation to protect the lives of and advance the interests of …continue

Read more trending_flat

Proudly brought to you by: Mariann Sullivan 24 February 2021

The Animal Law Podcast
play_arrow
share playlist_add
close
  • 24

iROAR member

Animal Law Podcast #71: A Case of Bird Flu

Mariann Sullivan 28 April 2021

On this episode of the Animal Law Podcast, I speak with Laura Fox and Daniel Wiener about The Humane Society of the United States v. United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Veterinary Services, in which animal …continue

Read more trending_flat

Proudly brought to you by: Mariann Sullivan 28 April 2021