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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  2. So that none are misinformed by my posting wihtout a non de plume here, please allow me to state that I am NOT an Indiana licensed attorney, although I am an Indiana resident approved to practice law and represent clients in Indiana's fed court of Nth Dist and before the 7th circuit. I remain licensed in KS, since 1996, no discipline. This must be clarified since the IN court records will reveal that I did sit for and pass the Indiana bar last February. Yet be not confused by the fact that I was so allowed to be tested .... I am not, to be clear in the service of my duty to be absolutely candid about this, I AM NOT a member of the Indiana bar, and might never be so licensed given my unrepented from errors of thought documented in this opinion, at fn2, which likely supports Mr Smith's initial post in this thread: http://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-7th-circuit/1592921.html

  3. When I served the State of Kansas as Deputy AG over Consumer Protection & Antitrust for four years, supervising 20 special agents and assistant attorneys general (back before the IBLE denied me the right to practice law in Indiana for not having the right stuff and pretty much crushed my legal career) we had a saying around the office: Resist the lure of the ring!!! It was a take off on Tolkiem, the idea that absolute power (I signed investigative subpoenas as a judge would in many other contexts, no need to show probable cause)could corrupt absolutely. We feared that we would overreach constitutional limits if not reminded, over and over, to be mindful to not do so. Our approach in so challenging one another was Madisonian, as the following quotes from the Father of our Constitution reveal: The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse. We are right to take alarm at the first experiment upon our liberties. I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations. Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power. All men having power ought to be mistrusted. -- James Madison, Federalist Papers and other sources: http://www.constitution.org/jm/jm_quotes.htm RESIST THE LURE OF THE RING ALL YE WITH POLITICAL OR JUDICIAL POWER!

  4. My dear Mr Smith, I respect your opinions and much enjoy your posts here. We do differ on our view of the benefits and viability of the American Experiment in Ordered Liberty. While I do agree that it could be better, and that your points in criticism are well taken, Utopia does indeed mean nowhere. I think Madison, Jefferson, Adams and company got it about as good as it gets in a fallen post-Enlightenment social order. That said, a constitution only protects the citizens if it is followed. We currently have a bevy of public officials and judicial agents who believe that their subjectivism, their personal ideology, their elitist fears and concerns and cause celebs trump the constitutions of our forefathers. This is most troubling. More to follow in the next post on that subject.

  5. Yep I am not Bryan Brown. Bryan you appear to be a bigger believer in the Constitution than I am. Were I still a big believer then I might be using my real name like you. Personally, I am no longer a fan of secularism. I favor the confessional state. In religious mattes, it seems to me that social diversity is chaos and conflict, while uniformity is order and peace.... secularism has been imposed by America on other nations now by force and that has not exactly worked out very well.... I think the American historical experiment with disestablishmentarianism is withering on the vine before our eyes..... Since I do not know if that is OK for an officially licensed lawyer to say, I keep the nom de plume.

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