Joyce Tischler

In 1979 attorney Joyce Tischler co-founded a pioneering group of fellow lawyers called Attorneys for Animal Rights. In 1984 the group became the Animal Legal Defense Fund, and Joyce was the Executive Director for twenty-five years. After transitioning to ALDF's general counsel, she became responsible for in-house legal matters, as well as writing, lecturing on, and promoting the field of animal law. She has been called a visionary, a leader, an inspiration, the "Mother of Animal Law" and a role model. As we sat down together at her home in Northern California, we were periodically joined by Deja, her daughter's affectionate rescued pit bull.


Interview Excerpts

Considering Animals

 Considering the Interests of Animals

Early Influences That Led to Becoming a Vegan

Industrial Conditions for Animals

 Growing Up With Animal Products 

Buying Into Harming Animals

The Evolution of Vegan Alternatives

Representing the Interests of Research Animals 

Types of Testing and Experiments Used On Animals 

Toxicity Testing on Animals

Using Chimpanzees in Research

Considering Animals as Property 

Using Animals For Entertainment 

Wild Animals in Captivity

Arguments Against Animals Having Rights 

 How We Treat Animals and Each Other

Signs of Progress for Animal Interests

Stages of Social Movements 

The US Navy Vs 500 Burros 

Dangers of "Ag Gag" Laws

Practices in Dairy Farming 

USDA Priorities and Practices

How the Law Views Religion & Animal Rights

On Becoming An Activist 

Ramifications of Animal Research

Legal Attempts to get Care for Animals Used in Research

lternatives to Using Animals in Testing

Unnecessary Experiments on Animals 

Parallels with Human Slavery

Performing Animal Training Methods

What Legal Rights for Animals Means  

Fears About Animals Having Rights

Impacts of Industrial Animal Farming

What Makes a Successful Social Movement

Women in the Animal Right Movement 

 The rise of "Ag Gag" Laws 

Harmful Practices That are Legal 

The Life of a Female Calf  

Obstacles to Offering Animals Rights