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Friday, 08.09.2023   18:10-18:50  Central European Time (CET)   Room A
An oxymoron in our midst: Relying on "animal protection" laws that do not really protect animals
Cynthia von Schlichten

In this session, I will draw attention to the reality that the laws that we classify as "animal protection" laws are not motivated by animal protection, nor are the entities tasked with enforcement prioritizing animal protection. I will provide examples of this legal epidemic, which may include the U.S., Canada, Australia, China, Brazil, the EU, and global treaties. By beginning to look at these laws for what they actually aim to achieve, understanding that they are not designed to protect animals, but rather people, profit, and animals only as commodities, we can start to explore other legislative and enforcement solutions that could instill meaningful animal protection. I will close my presentation with some suggestions around this idea and a call to action for change.










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