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Frontiers in Animal Law & Technology: 25th Anniversary of M.S. in Animals and Public Policy


April 24-26, 2020
Tufts University, Cabot Auditorium
Medford, Massachusetts

Conference Director: Allen Rutberg, PhD, Director, Center for Animals and Public Policy

The Tufts Center for Animals and Public Policy is celebrating the 25th class in the M.S. program in Animals and Public Policy with a weekend conference exploring relationships between the rapidly transforming worlds of technology and animal law. To be held the weekend of April 24-26, 2020 at the Tufts Medford campus, the conference will focus on two areas – animal law and biotechnology, and animal law and the internet. The choice of topic for the symposium reflects the growing impact of law and policy on animals, the rapid changes in technology that are revolutionizing the relationship between the world’s human and non-human residents, and the crucial role that MAPP alumni are playing in creating this new world for animals.


Friday, April 24
5:00 PM – 5:30 PM Registration and Check-In
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM Keynote speaker & Reception
Saturday, April 25
8:00 AM – 8:30 AM Registration and Check-In
8:30 AM – 5:30 PM Lectures, Panels, lunch and 2 breaks
Topics to be covered: Preventing Wildlife Crime and Human-Wildlife Conflict

Advances in Deterring and Prosecuting Animal Cruelty

Internet Sales of Companion Animals

Sunday, April 26
7:30 AM – 8:00 AM Registration and Check-In
8:00 AM – 12:15 PM Lectures, Panels, 1 break
Topics to be covered: Product & Drug Safety Testing – Animals and Alternatives

Plant-based and “Clean” Meat Alternatives

Speakers (more to be confirmed)

Mary Burnham-Curtis, MS, PhD, CWFS, Supervisory Senior Wildlife Forensic Scientist, National Fish and Wildlife Forensic Laboratory, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
 Martha Smith-Blackmore, DVM, President, Forensic Veterinary Investigations, and Adjunct Professor, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University
Jill Hollander, JD, Chief Senior Assistant District Attorney, Fulton County, GA
Tracey Cusick, JD, Assistant District Attorney, Norfolk County, MA
Cat Matloub, JD, Head of Partnerships & Legal Affairs at Good Dog
Candace Croney, PhD, Director, Center for Animal Welfare Science, Purdue University
Stephanie Harris, Senior Legislative Affairs Manager, Animal Legal Defense Fund
Jessica Almy, MS (MAPP ’02), JD, Director of Policy, Good Food Institute
Annie Osborne, MS, University Innovation Specialist, Good Food Institute
Jesse McDougall, Regenerative Farmer, Studio Hill Farm, and Savory Institute Influencer Hub Leader, Studio Hill Institute, VT

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About Tufts Center for Animals and Public Policy
The mission of the Tufts Center for Animals and Public Policy is to conduct and encourage the study of complex issues surrounding the changing role and impact of animals in society. The Center supports the development and dissemination of research driven policies, programs and practices that benefit both people and animals.
Work conducted by the Center is based on the tenets that animal well-being matters, that animal and human well-being are linked, and that both are enhanced through improved understanding of human-animal relationships.