Welcome to the 23rd episode of the Animal Law Podcast! Mariann is joined by Gabriel Walters, Counsel and Manager of Legislative Affairs for the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Foundation, where he contributes to PETA’s efforts to pass legislation and win court cases that help animals. He’ll be talking about PETA v Department of Agricultural Resources, which is currently pending in the Supreme Court of Massachusetts. The case involves PETA’s attempts to gain some information about primates coming into Massachusetts and the stone wall that they ran into. Massachusetts Public Records Law, which is a mini-Freedom of Information Law – was interpreted in some very peculiar, and ominous, ways in order to keep this information out of PETA’s hands. This case, now on appeal, is an important one for anyone interested in keeping the information flowing regarding what’s happening to animals.
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