Hello everybody! I am Sabine Brels,
the manager of the Global Animal Law project. And I’m really glad to be here in California to interview Bryan Pease, who is animal lawyer here in San Diego, and the co-founder of the Animal Protection and Rescue League. Hello Bryan! Hello Sabine! Hello everyone! So Bryan can you tell us about you and how you became an animal lawyer please? Sure! I’ve a vegan and an animal rights activist since high school. I went to law school so that I could better protect animals and the environment and people civil liberties. That’s what I’m doing now in San Diego in my law practice. And I’m also a guest lecturer in many animal law classes around the country, and I’ve taught animal law in one of the law schools here in San Diego. Great! I know you have big victories that you can talk about? I’ve done a lot of work to protect
marine mammals. We have a colony of harbor seals here in San Diego that rest, give birth and nurse their young right here on the beach. And I’ve prevented the destruction of their habitat and protected the colony of protected harbor seals. I also helped pass the foie gras ban in California, with is the ban on liver from force-fed ducks. Which I know made some big news in France and around the world. And I worked on other pieces of legislation to protect animals from cruelty, as well. Great! Thank you very much, congratulations! And what about your current and future projects? Well over the past 10 years the animal protection and rescue league has operated a non-profit thrift store in San Diego, where the all of the funds raised are going to protect animals. And we partner with Vegan Outreach to distribute more compassionate choices brochures. The same can be replicated around world. I’m also running for city attorney here in San Diego. So that it can create example of how an elected city attorney can better enforce the animal cruelty laws, environmental laws and defend people civil liberties. And then more animal rights activists need to run for office around the world. And if people want to get involved in my campaign, the election is June 2016 in San Diego. And you can go to bryanpease.com to get involved. Thank you. I know that California is a very progressive state for animal protection. So what are the best tools that can be used to better protect the animals? We have a really good unfair business practices statute, as well it’s
called the Business and Professions Code section 17200 and it allows public attorneys to take on big corporations. And we also have a private attorney general statute that then allows private attorneys to get paid to taking big corporations by the entities that are violating the laws. Thank you, very useful. And what is you dream for the animals? We’ve got to stop the horror that is factory farming. This cruel industry is confining and torturing animals on a massive scale, by the billions, by the tens of billions. And it’s also not just the worst polluter in the world, it is by magnitude the worst polluter, and it’s the biggest cause of global warming and climate change So literally destroying our planet, we’ve got to do something to stop the evil that is factory farming. We’re very honored to have you in our expert group Bryan. So, to end this interview, can you tell us few words of what you think of the GAL project? The GAL project is awesome! I’m very honored to be a part of it! You’ve got a catalog of all the animal cruelty laws in various jurisdictions around the world. And I’m very honored to be one of the animal law experts as part of that project. Thank you very much! That’s the all idea of the project to be able to work together and make a better world for the animals in the law! So Thank you very much! Thank you for watching and we hope to see you soon! Bye bye!