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This seminar is unique because of the very fact that it is being run for lawyers who have responsibilities or interests in applying a broad, balanced, and objective approach to legal issues involving people and animals. In preparation for this seminar, government was approached with the invitation to participate - their reply was that they didn’t get involved with assisting defence lawyers . A number of animal welfare interest groups and very senior animal law lawyers also declined the invitation to participate in up-skilling defence lawyers on the grounds that their focus was on “the animals”.
Supporting the principles of justice does not mean condoning animal cruelty - but it does require that defence counsel are able to run a robust assessment and defence of animal welfare related cases. In theory, the legal system puts people in a position of equality and then does justice between them. It shouldn’t come as any surprise to defence lawyers that when that balance is lost in an unlawful, disproportionate or unreasonable prosecution, then people’s lives are unnecessarily (and often severely) disrupted, and animals become the secondary victims by either being “rehomed” or “euthanised” (which is an alternative term for saying the animal is killed) - and obviously that’s not a great welfare outcome from the animals perspective.
So this seminar is essential to lawyers looking after people and animals in matters where there are allegations of animal welfare offending. There are cases you should not lose. And neither should your client.