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Episode Info: In this week’s episode of the Attorney Talk, Ken Thayer interviews Dr. Nancy Halpern. Dr. Halpern is a registered patent attorney that represents clients in intellectual property and veterinary pharmaceuticals. Nancy also represents animal owners, animal related businesses, veterinarians, animal research facilities, and non profit associations in the support of the interests in the humane use of animals. She is a licensed veterinarian in the state of New Jersey. She has also served as the Director of the Division of Animal Health for the New Jersey Department of Agriculture. During the show Nancy and Ken discuss animal law and the changes that animal rights activists are seeking, intellectual property, and the regulatory issues involving animal use in industry and agriculture. Main Questions Asked: Why did you complete law school as well as medical school? Why would the use of animals being eliminated be a concern? What does your law practice consist of? What does the humane use of animals entail? Who are the plaintiffs in some of these cases? Where do you see the future of animal law going? What do you think the biggest misconception about the legal field that people have is? Key Lessons Learned: Dr. Halpern’s Education Nancy saw a need within the State Department of Agriculture. She wanted to help draft regulations dealing with the care of large animals. Having an understanding of both the laws applying to animals and industry and the medical care of animals and given Nancy insight into both worlds. Animal Rights Activism Our inability to own and use animals would have considerable impact on many industries including food production and medicine. There is a movement to change the status of companion animals from ownership to guardianship.
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