Law School Speaker Series
Protecting Wildlife & Animals in India: Challenges & Opportunities
September 17, 2012
Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program | Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis & Clark
India harbors a stunning array of biodiversity, including some of the last populations of tigers and Asian elephants. Unfortunately, problems typical of developing countries threaten the future of many species, as well as consign many individual animals to difficult or even cruel existences in captivity. Poaching and habitat destruction makes extinction of many species a serious possibility in the near future. Additionally, individual animals are kept in poor conditions and exploited for economic gain by people who themselves are struggling to make a living.
Geeta Seshamani and Kartick Satyanarayan are the co-founders of Wildlife SOS, an organization based in India working to protect wildlife and rescue captive animals. Among other work, they assist the Indian government in apprehending and prosecuting poachers, and rescue captive animals ranging from sloth bears to elephants. Geeta and Kartick will discuss their work to protect both wild and captive animals in India, while assisting people who exploit animals transition to more sustainable ways of making a living.
This event is the result of joint efforts among:
- Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program
- Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis & Clark
- Students for International Environmental Law
- Student Animal Legal Defense Fund
- Palatine Hill Animal Defense
- Environmental Law Caucus
- International Law Society