To help clients hold to account not only people who break the law but also governments and other bodies charged with enforcing it.
To live in a world where animals are protected by philosophically consistent laws which are regulated and enforced effectively.
Edie is a solicitor specialising in animal protection law. She has advised many animal protection organisations and individuals on a wide range of issues, including all aspects of the Animal Welfare Act and regulations made under it, the Zoo Licensing Act, Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act and more. She is a trustee of The Humane League and a former trustee of the UK Centre for Animal Law, where she set up and managed the nationwide student group. She often speaks on animal protection issues and has done so in the UK Parliament, the French Senat and the East African Legislative Assembly.
How did you get into animal protection?
For as long I can remember I have felt empathy towards animals and recognised their vulnerability at the hands of human interest, whether commercial or simply sadistic. This awareness has led to me carving a career aimed at ensuring animals are given the protections they are entitled to under the law.
Why do you care about animal law?
Despite all the incredible attributes animals possess and their sentience, they are extremely vulnerable in our society, it is therefore essential that a framework is in place to prevent certain treatment. You do not have to be an animal lover or an activist in this area to recognise that animals deserve protection under the law and that those laws need to be enforced.