May 25, 2023 USDA inaugurates new Kansas facility to study animal diseases

Ann Linder, a researcher at Harvard Law School, and Dale Jamieson, an expert on environmental and animal protection at NYU, published an Op Ed in the journal Science, warning that the United States has "blind spots," when it comes to research into biological threats and animal diseases.

harvard law today logo

May 17, 2023 ‘The legacy I hope to leave’

And as a student at Harvard Law herself, Tsao has tried to follow the advice she gives others. “My philosophy has always been, ‘let your curiosity lead you.’” Her love of wildlife and the environment motivated her to enroll in the Animal Law & Policy Clinic, where she drafted a petition to the Fish and Wildlife Service on behalf of the Florida manatee, urging that the species be classified as “endangered” rather than simply “threatened.” “These animals have been declining in numbers due to the unprecedented loss of seagrass; it was incredibly rewarding to advocate for these majestic animals,” she says.

Beyond Pesticides logo featuring a dragonfly

May 16, 2023 Groups Announce Intent to Sue Fish and Wildlife Service Over Failure to Protect Manatees

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is set to be sued for its failure to implement strong protections for imperiled manatee populations. Earlier this month, the Harvard Animal Law and Policy Clinic, Center for Biological Diversity, Miami Waterkeeper, and engineer Frank González Garcia sent USFWS a notice of intent to sue after USFWS failed to respond to a petition sent by the groups last fall.

Sentient Media logo

May 12, 2023 Supreme Court Upholds Prop 12

Besides, by attempting to bypass state laws and local ordinances whenever regulations economically inconvenience out-of-state industries, the Supreme court could be setting a highly dangerous precedent, pointed out Harvard’s Animal Law & Policy Program Legislative Policy Fellow Kelsey Eberly, who authored a 60-page report that catalogs the myriad, diverse state laws and local ordinances that could be imperiled if the Supreme Court rules in favor of the pork producers. Eberly went on to state, “Yet the pork producers are asking the Supreme Court to strip states of their ability to not only ban cruel and unsafe products but also combat climate change, protect consumers from financial scams, and much more, whenever regulation economically inconveniences out-of-state industries. These arguments lack any foundation in the Constitution.” A majority of the Court apparently agreed.