Here kitty, kitty - law students support animal rights

November 11, 2010
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Reporter Rebecca Berfanger wrote this blog post.

To encourage interest for a newly formed Student Animal Legal Defense Fund organization at Indiana University Maurer School of Law, the group’s leadership hosted a different kind of field trip for members, other law students, and their guests.

A group that included about a dozen law students and guests attended the annual pumpkin party at the Exotic Feline Rescue Center in Center Point on Nov. 6. During the visit, participants watched some of the more than 225 exotic cats - including lions, tigers, cougars, bobcats, and leopards - as they played with pumpkins.

It was like house cats playing with balls, but on a much grander scale.

This event is one of the first the SALDF planned. Students at the school, including Chris Pierce, started the organization this year, and attending the pumpkin party may become a tradition for the group.

 TigerThe Exotic Feline Rescue Center does not breed animals. In fact, it has taken in a number of ill and unwanted large cats from various situations, including (illegal) breeders, owners who received the animals as gifts but couldn’t take care of them, and owners and sellers who neglected and abused them. In some cases, the animals’ owners died and had not made arrangements for the care of these animals.

Many of the animals came to the center needing medical attention, which they have received. Before the center rescued them, some of the animals were malnourished, blind, declawed, or had dental problems. The center has been able to help most of them with better nutrition, dental care, and even cataract surgeries for a few.

“We decided to do this event for several reasons,” Pierce wrote via e-mail. “First, the event brings awareness to the important cause that the Exotic Feline Rescue Center is promoting as well as the Exotic Feline Rescue Center itself – a hidden gem in our community. Second, we wanted to do something non-traditional that may interest a broad cross section of the law school. Finally, as a new organization, we wanted to have a unique event that would promote the existence of our organization to the student body.”

An article about the SALDF in Bloomington, as well as chapters at other Indiana law schools, will be in the Nov. 24 edition of Indiana Lawyer.
 

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  • Way to go!
    As a current law school applicant with an interest in animal law, I'm excited to read that the IU Maurer School of Law has organized a student chapter of the ALDF. What a fun experience to visit the feline rescue center!
  • encouraging
    It's a great experience to observe the
    cats as you described You have your work
    cut out for you. The animals need dedicated,
    passionate lawyers to fight for them.
    You will always feel satisfied
    with your choice.

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  1. KUDOS to the Indiana Supreme Court for realizing that some bureacracies need to go to the stake. Recall what RWR said: "No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth!" NOW ... what next to this rare and inspiring chopping block? Well, the Commission on Gender and Race (but not religion!?!) is way overdue. And some other Board's could be cut with a positive for State and the reputation of the Indiana judiciary.

  2. During a visit where an informant with police wears audio and video, does the video necessary have to show hand to hand transaction of money and narcotics?

  3. I will agree with that as soon as law schools stop lying to prospective students about salaries and employment opportunities in the legal profession. There is no defense to the fraudulent numbers first year salaries they post to mislead people into going to law school.

  4. The sad thing is that no fish were thrown overboard The "greenhorn" who had never fished before those 5 days was interrogated for over 4 hours by 5 officers until his statement was illicited, "I don't want to go to prison....." The truth is that these fish were measured frozen off shore and thawed on shore. The FWC (state) officer did not know fish shrink, so the only reason that these fish could be bigger was a swap. There is no difference between a 19 1/2 fish or 19 3/4 fish, short fish is short fish, the ticket was written. In addition the FWC officer testified at trial, he does not measure fish in accordance with federal law. There was a document prepared by the FWC expert that said yes, fish shrink and if these had been measured correctly they averaged over 20 inches (offshore frozen). This was a smoke and mirror prosecution.

  5. I love this, Dave! Many congrats to you! We've come a long way from studying for the bar together! :)

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