The ADP 2019 Spring Report
Here's what's happening at The Animal Defense Partnership:
Weeping Elephant Project
Through its Weeping Elephant Project ADP has joined with In Defense of Animals to work to improve the conditions under which Happy The Elephant lives at the Bronx Zoo, where she has been confined for more than four decades. Happy was the first elephant to demonstrate a sophisticated degree of self-awareness, having passed a mirror self-recognition test in 2005. For the past 17 years she has lived alone, without contact with other elephants.
Earlier this year we served requests under New York’s Freedom of Information Law to obtain medical information about Happy. The authorities, however, have stonewalled and refused to produce the records.
Having exhausted its administrative remedies at the agency level, ADP is filing a lawsuit in New York State Supreme Court on IDA's behalf against the New York City's Department of Cultural Affairs and Wildlife Conservation Society to compel production of these records.
· ADP is working with the Physicians Association for Nutrition (PAN) International, a Munich-based NGO, to establish a 501(c)(3) organization to serve as its US branch. PAN’s mission is to raise awareness among health professionals, the general public, and policymakers about the role of plant-based nutrition in promoting good health and preventing and treating diseases. ADP is also serving as PAN USA’s fiscal sponsor while it awaits its IRS determination.
· In 2014 Indra Lahiri, founder of ADP client Indraloka Animal Sanctuary, established the Global Coalition of Farm Sanctuaries as a private Facebook group for people who run or intend to run farm animal sanctuaries. ADP is now incorporating this group, which has 396 participants, as a nonprofit entity, which will permit it to provide group insurance and other benefits to its members.
· ADP advised Wild Bird Fund on its ability as a not for profit corporation to support legislation relevant to WBF's mission, which is to provide medical care and rehabilitation to injured, sick and orphaned native and passing migrant birds and other wildlife found in New York City so that they can be released back into the wild. WBF also educates New Yorkers about the rich diversity of the city’s wildlife and how to help these animals thrive. WBF wants to be able to speak out on related animal welfare issues and reached out to ADP to better understand the regulations pertaining to activism of not for profit corporations.
· Finally, we prepared an extensive analysis for one of our clients of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and Department of Transportation regulations regarding transporting farm animals across state lines. While somewhat esoteric, to the extent ADP's legal analysis on this issue may be helpful for other clients, we will be happy to share the (non-client-specific) results, as is the case with all ADP work product in its growing library of generic memos on issues facing animal protection organizations.
We are pleased to welcome our newest clients, bringing our total number of clients to 48: Animal Charity Evaluators; Beagle Freedom Project; Better Eating International; Big Cat Sanctuary Alliance; Blue Food Project; FaunAccion; The Horse Shelter; International Primate Protection League; Lady Freethinker; Pasado’s Safe Haven; Physicians Association for Nutrition; Rainbow Meadows; and Safe Haven Wildlife Sanctuary
Lawyer Spotlight - Stephanie Jeshiva
In our continuing effort to build a network of excellent volunteer attorneys, we have recently started working with Stephanie Jeshiva. Stephanie graduated from Fordham Law School, practiced law at the Fried Frank law firm in NYC for four years and is now Editor-in-Chief of the Practical Law Journal: Transactions & Business, a Thomson Reuters legal publication. She is also a lead member of Thomson Reuters’ Pro Bono Committee.
Stephanie's work is stellar, she's a pleasure to work with and she is passionate about protecting animals, all good things.
The law firms of Clifford Chance, Seyfarth Shaw, Sher Tremonte and Willkie Farr & Gallagher have become a pro bono resource for ADP, bringing to 20 the number of collaborating firms. As always, we thank all of our firms and pro bono lawyers for their enormous and critical contribution to our efforts.
Plans for the rest of 2019: continue our efforts to protect animals from suffering and abuse. Requests for our services are increasing from a variety of nonprofits doing important work in animal protection and advocacy. We will continue to work on increasing our visibility and impact and expanding our offerings to new and existing clients alike.
Our work on behalf of animals in need would not be possible without your support. And with your help we can do even more. Please consider donating to ADP today.
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