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Animal Law Podcast #19: Bryan Pease and the Kapporot Case

By Mariann Sullivan — December 28, 2016

Welcome to the 19th episode of the Animal Law Podcast! Today, Mariann is joined by attorney Bryan Pease. Bryan’s law practice focuses on government transparency and freedom of speech and assembly, as well as the protection of animals, the environment, and consumers. He’s been involved in numerous cases on behalf of activists with the Animal Protection and Rescue League, which he co-founded in 2003.

On today’s show, Bryan and Mariann discuss the lawsuit he recently brought in federal court in California arguing that the treatment of chickens for the religious ritual of Kapporot is in violation of California’s anti-cruelty law. Not only does this case involve questions about how a private citizen can get into court to argue that California’s criminal cruelty law has been violated, but it brings up hugely important issues regarding conflicts between First Amendment freedoms and the enforcement of laws protecting animals. You are not going to want to miss this one!

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