Valerie Baron

  • Hosted by Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Sponsored by Animal Welfare Trust
  • Service location Washington, District of Columbia
  • Law school University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School
  • Issue area Animal Law
  • Fellowship class year 2015
  • Program Design Your Own Fellowship

The Project

Valerie will use innovative litigation and advocacy strategies to improve animal health and welfare and environmental protection at the nation’s factory farms.

Billions of animals across the United States live their entire lives in factory farms—large industrial operations that confine animals in dismal settings. In recent decades, three changes in the industry have enabled this system to thrive at the expense of animal health, welfare, and the environment: (1) the rise of large meat corporations, that use contracts to control the supply chain; (2) the overuse of antibiotics to compensate for overcrowding and filthy conditions; and (3) the often disproportionate marketing and serving of meat and poultry rather than plant-based foods by many large food service institutions. Valerie’s project will address these three linchpins of the factory farm system to improve animal welfare.

Fellowship Highlights

During her Fellowship, Valerie:

  • Worked with legal experts inside and outside the Natural Resources Defense Council to develop innovative litigation theories to increase animal health, welfare, and environmental protection
  • Initiated dialogue with food service industry or institutional food providers to move towards menus with more plant-based options
  • Developed materials and identify partners for public education campaigns

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