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This event is hosted by the Leicester SALDF division in collaboration with the University of Leicester Law Society

Date: Saturday, Feburary 24th, 2018

Time: 8:15



The Conference Aims:

  • To bridge the gap between animal issues all around the world; enabling us to bring firms, charities and advocates closer  together to tackle animal suffering together
  • To critique our current legal system’s efforts to provide protection for non-human animals
  • To educate individuals about animal law
  • To educate students on the various avenues to assist animals with their legal education
  • To educate on the various efforts individuals are taking to better the livelihood of non-human animals around the world


Dr. Antoine F. Goetschel

Founder of GAL
Zurich, Switzerland


Dr. Antoine F. Goetschel is the founder, president and managing director of the GAL association. He has been concerned with animals’ legal status for more than three decades. He acted as the official “attorney for animal protection of the canton of Zurich (2007-2010). In this position he dealt with about 180 animal protection cases annually. He was interviewed by Swiss media and global media alike (e.g. NZZ, SRF, CNN, BBC, New York Times, Guardian, Newsweek, al Jazeera) and he has published and presented his opinions and knowledge in 13 books, many articles, media and public speeches. Dr. Antoine F. Goetschel was responsible for the scientific review of master theses and dissertations, at several Universities.

Rebekah Breder

Founder of Breder Law
Vancouver, BC

Rebeka Breder B.A. (Joint Honours, McGill University, 2000), JD (UBC, 2004). Rebeka’s passion for animal rights and welfare started at an early age. She first appeared as an animal law advocate when she was 13 years old, to convince a Montreal (Quebec, Canada) suburb to ban duck hunting. Rebeka is now known as a trailblazer in developing animal law in Canada. Some of her cases and legal opinions have changed the law and contributed to the legal evolution of animal rights and welfare. After practising animal law and litigation for over a decade in a large Vancouver downtown law firm, Rebeka opened Breder Law in December, 2016. This firm almost exclusively focusses on animal law and litigation. 


Dr. Joe Wills

Lecturer at Leicester University Law School


Dr. Joe Wills joined the law school in 2010 as a Graduate Teaching Assistant and PhD Candidate and became a full-time member of staff in 2014. My doctoral thesis, supervised by Dr Paul O’Connell and Dr Loveday Hodson, examines the role of socioeconomic rights in global justice movement. A monograph based on this research has been published by Cambridge University Press. I am one of eight researchers on a British Academy funded project investigating how the UK and South Africa compensate private losses resulting from the failures of public authorities. I have also contributed to an Academy of Finland and University of Turku funded project entitled ‘Imagining Post-Neoliberal Regulatory Subjectivities’. I am currently working on issues relating to the moral and legal status of non-human animals.

Edie Bowles

Solicitor at Cruelty Free International


Edwina is an A-law trustee and the student group manager of A-law. Edwina has been involved with the UK Centre for Animal Law (A-law) since 2010 and helped set up the student group, which she now manages. She is a solicitor working at Cruelty Free International, which is one of the leading organisations working to end animal experiments worldwide.

Dr. Arjun Rayapudi

Doctor and Nutritionist

Dr. Arjun Rayapudi is a general surgeon and a plant-based community nutritionist. He is certified by American Board of Surgery and is a Fellow of Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He did his surgical residency training at University of Florida and University of Illinois at Peoria after obtaining the medical degree from Rangaraya Medical College. He holds Plant Based Nutrition Certificate from Cornell University and Dr. McDougall's Starch Solution Certificate. He is working as a General Surgeon and Endoscopist at Burin Peninsula Health Care Center, located in beautiful rural Newfoundland, Canada.

Donald Broom

Professor of Animal Welfare
Department of Veterinary Medicine
University of Cambridge

Donald Broom graduated in Natural Sciences (Zoology) from Cambridge, U.K. in 1964. He completed his Ph.D. there on behaviour development and responses of domestic chicks to startling stimuli in 1967, supervised by Bill Thorpe, a member of the Brambell Committee and major architect of its biological content. He later gained the Sc.D. degree from Cambridge. From 1967 to 1986 he was Lecturer then Reader in the University of Reading, U.K.  He worked on behaviour and welfare of calves and dry sows in relation to housing; grazing behaviour of cattle and sheep; the role of behaviour in relation to the transmission of fish parasites, summer mastitis and bovine tuberculosis; olfactory and auditory communication in rodents and deer; salmonid behaviour; motivational mechanisms and the description of activity rhythms. He was a visiting professor, lecturer, researcher for three month periods in the University of California Berkeley 1969, the University of the West Indies Trinidad 1972 and CSIRO Perth in 1983. In 1986 Donald Broom was appointed the first Professor of Animal Welfare in the world in the Department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Cambridge. He set up a research group, the Centre for Animal Welfare and Anthrozoology CAWA.


Jo Anne McArthur

Award Winning Photographer
Author and Educator

Toronto, Canada

Jo-Anne McArthur is an award-winning photographer, author, and educator based in Toronto, Canada. Through her long-term body of work, We Animals, she has been documenting our complex relationship with animals around the globe for fifteen years. Thousands of these images are made available for free to anyone helping animals at weanimalsarchive.org. McArthur is the author of two books, We Animals, published in 2014, and Captive, published in 2017. McArthur’s newest endeavour, The Unbound Project, is a photographic project that celebrates female leaders at the forefront of animal advocacy, both contemporary and historical. McArthur was the subject of the critically acclaimed 2013 documentary The Ghosts in Our Machine, which followed her as she documented the plight of abused and exploited animals and advocated for their rights as sentient beings. In 2017, the We Animals team launched the We Animals Archive, a free database of thousands of high-resolution photos available for free to anyone helping animals. We Animals images have been hundreds of organizations, publishers, and academics to advocate for animals. Jo-Anne is a sought-after speaker and regularly speaks around the world.

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Allie Phillips


Allie Phillips is an internationally-recognized author, attorney, educator and advocate for animals and vulnerable victims and was awarded as a Top Defender of Animals in 2015. She is a legal expert on the linkage between violence to animals and people, therapy animals helping crime victims, sheltering pets of domestic violence, human-animal interactions and pound seizure (shelter animals used in research).She joined the National District Attorneys Association in 2003 where she trained on child abuse issues, including the linkage between violence to animals and children. In 2007, she joined American Humane Association as the Vice President of Public Policy and then Vice President of Human-Animal Strategic Initiatives. She managed the Washington D.C. office and was responsible for lobbying and advocacy on child and animal welfare legislation. She developed and managed national initiatives including creating the first written guidelines how housing pets at family violence shelters (Sheltering Animals & Families Together (SAF-T) ™) and launched Therapy Animals Supporting Kids (TASK)™ Program. In 2011, Ms. Phillips rejoined NDAA to launch and direct the National Center for Prosecution of Animal Abuse to raise awareness of how animal abuse co-occurs with other crimes. Ms. Phillips privately consults and teaches for organizations including the Institute of Human-Animal Connection at Univerisity of Denver and University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Her work has been featured on The Today Show, by the Associated Press, and in The Washington Post, USA Today, Denver Post, Cat Fancy Magazine, Chatelaine Magazine (Canada), Colorado Public Radio, Washington Public Radio, and national animal radio talk shows.


Vicky Bond

Vicky is a lifelong animal welfare advocate and has dedicated her career to reducing the suffering of animals. Using her veterinary degree and experience, Vicky has worked to persuade major food companies to change their welfare policies in order to eradicate the worst forms of cruelty. Now, as Managing Director of The Humane League UK, she leads a team committed to reducing farm animal suffering through hard-hitting corporate campaigns and outreach.


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For any enquiries, please contact the Leicester SALDF Chair: Tiffany Mitchell ( Tm299@student.le.ac.uk ) 

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