Animal Law Reform South Africa (“ALRSA”) is a non-profit company and registered NPO. We were informally established in 2014 by a group of lawyers interested in animal protection. In 2017, Animal Law Reform South Africa was formally registered by lawyers from academia, practice and civil society. Attorney Amy P. Wilson and Professors David Bilchitz and Bonita Meyersfeld, are co-founders and directors of the board of ALRSA. They have a broad range of expertise and many years of experience in both human and animal legal issues.
Utilising the law as our tool, we work on intersectional issues to ensure justice for all that require it. Through our main pillars, as well as through collaboration, we believe we can achieve incremental change for vulnerable beings and ensure that their interests are accounted for in the legal system.
We intend to operate as an organisation that can be approached by all relevant stakeholders ranging from animal rights, welfare and protection organisations to the government. We are willing to engage with those involved in the utilisation of animals to better their conditions and protection, while holding industry accountable. We therefore take a collaborative and not isolative approach and will work together, provided it falls within our mission and goals.
Animal Law Reform South Africa envisages a society whose laws, courts and enforcement agencies advance the protection and well-being of humans and non-human animals.