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My Client is Innocent: The History and Significance of Protecting Animals Under the Law

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The first animal anti-cruelty law in the United States was passed in 1867, and though there is much work to be done, much work has been done to protect animals under the law since then. Join me today for my conversation with Stephen Wells, executive director for the Animal Legal Defense Fund, as we talk about the legal definition of animals as “property,” legal victories secured for animals, and how this field has grown significantly over the decades, reflecting a shift in public opinion. 

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