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Federal Farm Animal Protection: Promises and Shortfalls

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Produced on May 07, 2020

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Course Information

Time 61 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

Course Description

To the surprise of many consumers, the federal government takes a relatively limited role in protecting the welfare of animals in our food system. Legal protections exist primarily for livestock (not poultry) and only during transport and slaughter.

This course, taught by attorney Liz Hallinan, the Founder and Executive Director of The Greenfield Project, will provide an overview of the federal laws and regulations that impact farm animal welfare. It will also delve into the practical applications of these laws and debates whether these applications are legally permissible. The course provides practicing attorneys with insights into defending or challenging a complex regulatory scheme and is also a starter guide to the existing purchasing options for consumers looking to prioritize animal welfare.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Review the federal laws protecting farm animals and their welfare
  2. Examine how federal agencies interpret and apply these laws
  3. Explore alternative approaches to farm animal welfare legislation and regulatory law 

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Elizabeth Hallinan

The Greenfield Project

Liz Hallinan is the Founder and Executive Director of The Greenfield Project, a nonprofit focused on farm animal welfare and sustainable agriculture. Liz is an attorney with a background in science, and her areas of expertise include animal behavior, psychology, administrative law, and regulatory policy.

Before co-founding Greenfield, Liz worked for a variety of public interest organizations, including the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Animal Legal Defense Fund, and Meyer, Glitzenstein, and Eubanks.

She received her J.D. from New York University School of Law, where she focused on animal, administrative, and environmental law. A published author of several psychological studies, Liz holds a master’s degree in Psychology from Queen’s University and a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Harvard University.


Benjamin C.

Interesting and informative course. I was both surprised and not to learn how narrow the laws are protecting poultry and livestock, and how poorly they are enforced. Hopefully this will change in the future!

Hong N.

Thank you for providing a CLE on this topic. great overview!

Ahban S.

This was a great course.

william b.

Very engaging and knowledgeable speaker.

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