Auckland to host pioneer animal law conference

Guests include the Honourable Michael Kirby AC CMG and Dame Jane Goodall

Auckland to host pioneer animal law conference
New Zealand’s first ever Animal Law Conference is being hosted by The New Zealand Animal Law Association (NZALA) in Auckland on 1 July.

The conference features renowned animal law experts, including High Court of Australia judge, Michael Kirby AC CMG, and Dame Jane Goodall. Justice Kirby will speak about problems about the country’s animal law regime and strategies for the future, while Goodall will discuss her work furthering animal welfare, including her work to combat the illegal wildlife trade.

Marcelo Rodriguez Ferrere, senior lecturer of animal law and administrative law at the University of Otago, will speak on animal sentience and the law. Natalie Walker, Crown solicitor at Kayes Fletcher Walker, will discuss animal welfare prosecutions.

Mike Bodie, prosecutions counsel for the Department of Conservation (DoC), will tackle wildlife prosecutions, and Danielle Duffield, New Zealand Animal Law Association president, will speak on the practical operation of the Animal Welfare Act 1999. Vernon Tava, Waitemata Local Board member, will discuss animals and legal standing.

“This conference represents an important opportunity for those interested in the status and welfare of animals under the law to learn more about the issues affecting New Zealand’s animals and to engage in constructive dialogue about future reform,” said Duffield.


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