Two UHD faculty members took part in the 2nd U.S.-China Animal Law Forum Aug. 19-20 in Washington, D.C. UHD co-sponsored the conference, along with Northwest China University of Law and Politics, Humane Society International (HSI), Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), Duo Animal Welfare Project and the law firm Cozen O’Connor.
DoVeanna Fulton, dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, delivered the program’s opening address on behalf of Bill Flores, president of UHD. Peter Li, associate professor in the Department of Social Sciences, also attended the forum. Li specializes in East Asian politics and has completed extensive research on China’s animal protection policy issues.
UHD and Northwest China University of Law and Politics founded the conference in 2014 as a channel for U.S. and Chinese legal experts to discuss challenges related to animal protection laws in the United States and China. The 2014 conference took place at UHD.
This year’s forum was devoted to addressing loopholes and enforcement issues related to the wildlife protection laws of both countries. Also addressed were opportunities for greater technical and regulatory alignment in approaches to toxicological testing and risk assessment, with emphasis on cutting-edge technologies that can reduce and phase out animal testing and research.
The forum was a high-level bilateral exchange opportunity. Those attending from the U.S. included attorneys; wildlife scientists; regulatory toxicology experts; and law professors from the federal government, academic institutions, U.S. Homeland Security Investigations and the Humane Society of the United States. The Chinese delegation included government officials, law professors, animal law experts, product safety specialists, and senior animal welfare and ethics researchers from the country’s national legislative and executive agencies.
“UHD was proud to be part of this important event,” Li said. “UHD will continue to engage with Chinese and American legal experts in the fields of animal protection, wildlife conservation and other issue areas impacting the welfare of nonhuman animals.”