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February 7, 2005

Claire Duggan: (202) 994-0616;
Matt Nehmer: (202) 994-6467;

- Press Conference -

FEB. 10


The Animal Welfare Project will release its unique and ground-breaking endeavor, "A Report on Animal Welfare in the District of Columbia," at a press conference to members of the media and local community. District officials are expected to be on hand to receive the report.

Thursday, Feb. 10, 2005, 10 a.m.


The George Washington University Law School
Faculty Conference Center, Burns 505
2000 H St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
(Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro, Blue and Orange lines)


 The George Washington University Law School Animal Welfare Project is a pro bono effort of faculty and students devoted to researching and improving animal welfare laws in the District of Columbia. Professors Mary Cheh and Joan Schaffner, together with more than 50 students, have spent the last year researching laws and coordinating with many local animal welfare organizations to provide insight into the status of animals and animal welfare laws in Washington, D.C.

The report provides proposals to improve the lives of District animals. Examples include recommending the adoption of mandatory spay/neuter laws for dogs and cats in the District strengthening anti-cruelty laws, and supporting the trap-neuter-return of wild feral cats.  Its ultimate recommendation is the formation of a Mayor's Task Force on Animal Welfare.

"It is a unique document," said Cheh. "We have taken a comprehensive look at the various animal populations in the District and the laws that affect them. The report provides a snapshot of the animal welfare issues in D.C." The group hopes that the Animal Welfare Project and its report will be a model for other law schools and that it will encourage legal initiatives in local jurisdictions around the country.

Accredited by the American Bar Association and a charter member of the Association of American Law Schools, the GW Law School enrolls approximately 1,750 students each year.

For more information or to confirm participation, please contact
Claire Duggan at (202) 994-0616 or For more news about GW, visit the GW News Center at

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