May 21-22, 2009
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Organized by the International Research Group in Animal Law (GRIDA) under the honorary presidency of counsel Joan Clark, this bilingual event dealt with a wide range of issues related to the legal status and welfare of animals.
The main goal of the conference was to review the behaviors that human beings exhibit towards animal species. Although mainly a scientific and legal undertaking, the conference was open to researchers from other disciplines—biology, ecology, philosophy and veterinary medicine, for example—who were concerned with the use and exploitation of animals by human beings as well as sources of animal sufferings.