PETA Attorney Appointed Visiting Scholar at Pace University

Delcianna Winders Will Teach Animal Law in One of the Nation's Leading Environmental Law Programs

For Immediate Release:
January 16, 2018

David Perle 202-483-7382

White Plains, N.Y. – Pace University’s Elisabeth Haub School of Law has appointed PETA Foundation Vice President and Deputy General Counsel Delcianna Winders a Haub Visiting Scholar. In this prestigious position in one of the country’s top environmental law programs, Winders will develop students’ interest in animal law through teaching, lecturing, mentoring, and her own scholarship as she continues her full-time work as the head of the PETA Foundation’s Captive Animal Law Enforcement division.

“Our world is increasingly inclined to view an animal as someone, not something, and coursework in animal law is a great resource for any forward-thinking scholar,” says Winders. “PETA looks forward to a new generation of legal minds who are ready and able to advocate for the most vulnerable among us.”

Winders recently completed a two-year stint as the first-ever academic fellow in Harvard Law School’s Animal Law & Policy Program. She frequently lectures on animal law, has published widely in both law reviews and popular media, and has two forthcoming law review articles on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s chronic failure to enforce the federal Animal Welfare Act. Her work with PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—includes stopping the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from secretly issuing permits to harm and harass endangered animals, as well as helping to secure the release of dozens of bears, who were once held captive inside barren cages and concrete pits in roadside zoos across the country, into spacious sanctuaries.

Winders has also taught animal law at Tulane University Law School and Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. This summer, she’ll join PETA Foundation Supervising Veterinarian Dr. Heather Rally and leading environmental-law attorney Don Baur to teach animal welfare law at Vermont Law School.

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