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The Trump Administration: What's in Store for Animals?

  • New York University School of Law New York University New York, New York (map)

Hosted by Catskill Animal Sanctuary


Horse soring ban? On hold. USDA inspection reports? Gone. What's next for the animals?

Join Catskill Animal Sanctuary and a panel of experts for a lively discussion examining how farmed animals, the environment, and public health may be affected by the Trump administration.

A sampling of questions our panel will explore includes:
- What might happen to existing state laws banning intensive confinement of animals on factory farms?
- Will we see less enforcement of bedrock environmental laws?
- What's in store for communities living near factory farms?
- Will we see more subsidies of animal agriculture and expansion of the industry?
How will Trump’s “America First” policies around tearing up and renegotiating trade deals impact farmed animals? 

Join the discussion and learn how you can be an effective advocate in the coming years.
Thanks to NYU's Student Animal Legal Defense Fund and the NYU Animal Welfare Collective for their assistance organizing the evening.

Thank you to these generous companies for donating food for the evening:

Freakin' Vegan
Juice Generation
Screamer's Pizzeria

Please note, the event is free, but advance registration is required and you'll need a photo ID for admittance.

There are no plans to record or stream the discussion, so we hope you'll join us!

Valerie Baron is an Equal Justice Works Law Fellow sponsored by the Animal Welfare Trust at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) in Washington, DC. In the Health and Food & Agriculture Programs, she defends environmental and health laws, campaigns to change our food system, and represents communities in litigation. She focuses primarily on NRDC’s Climate Healthy Menus and Factory Farm Accountability initiatives. Previously, she was of Counsel to Friends of the Sea Otter, an Attorney with the Environmental Integrity Project, and Democratic staff to the Committee on Energy and Commerce at the House of Representatives.

Paul Shapiro is Vice President of Policy at The Humane Society of the United States, where he promotes policies that advance animals‘ interests across all 50 states. From 2005-2016, Paul led HSUS‘s farm animal protection efforts, where he played an integral role in legislative and corporate campaigns to improve the plight of farm animals. Paul founded Compassion Over Killing in 1995 and served as its Campaigns Director until 2005. While there, he worked as a farm animal cruelty investigator and led initiatives to end misleading advertising on factory farm products.

Adam Weissman is the founder of Global Justice for Animals and the Environment (GJAE), an organization addressing the threat posed by free trade agreements to animals, the environment, sustainable food, and environmental defenders. He also represents GJAE in Trade Justice New York Metro, a coalition of local organizations from diverse social movements working together to resist the NAFTA model of trade deals for the 1%. As a coordinator of Trade Justice Alliance, he supports fair trade activists with resources including webinars, e-newsletters, and the Trade Justice website.

Kathy Stevens is the founder and executive director of Catskill Animal Sanctuary. She is the author of two acclaimed books, Where the Blind Horse Sings and its sequel, Animal Camp.