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October 1, 2014

On September 9, 2014, the SALDF (Student Animal Legal Defense Fund) held its first general meeting of the Fall 2014 term. New officers were introduced; Julie Flickner as President, Stephanie Winemiller as Vice President, and Lauren Hofflin as Secretary.

The focus of SALDF is to learn about, work for, and explore legal issues surrounding the treatment of animals worldwide. This semester they are focusing on conservation of wild species. To that end they will be hosting a panel discussion on Tuesday, October 28 from 6:00-7:30 PM. The speakers will be talking about animal poaching in Africa and what can be done to help governments and NGOs combating the plundering of our precious wild species on the continent.

SALDF also has several upcoming social events planned including: “Doggie Beach Day” on Sunday, October 13 at 1:00 PM, held at the North Jetty Road area of South Mission Beach. SALDF is co-hosting several informal joint dog park days with the Criminal Law Society, every Saturday from 9:00-10:00 AM at Grape Street Dog Park. SALDF also planned a joint event with the group FIDO, called “Fiesta Island Clean Up,” to be held on Saturday, October 18th.

The organization is currently planning other social awareness events to be held later in the term, such as, a Halloween Bake Sale on Thursday, October 23 at 12:15 – 2:15 PM and in the evening, at 5:00-6:30 PM. SALDF will also host a homeless pet outreach event. The organization decided to bring back this event after much success last term. For this event SALDF will solicit donations from students, faculty, and local businesses. Donations will be bundled, and delivered to homeless pets in the East Village area of downtown San Diego.

Finally, SALDF is in the final stages of planning a Zoo/Safari park day. They would like to plan a “zoo-keeper talk,” and unique behind-the-scenes looks at the park. It is an experience not to be missed! The cost will be discounted for TJSL students. SALDF plans to host this event on November 8, 2014. Stay tuned for more information on all upcoming events!

The second general meeting will be held on October 14, 2014 from 12:00-2:15 PM. Friend SALDF on Facebook to learn more about their efforts and to be added to their email listserv. Also, for more interaction and news form the officers, be sure to join their organization! Dues are only $10.00 per semester.