This program, hosted by the TBA Animal Law Section, is focused on the legal battle to free Nosey — an elephant rescued from a traveling circus after decades of abuse before finding a new home at The Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, Tennessee. The panelists are lawyers who fought on the front line for Nosey’s placement in and right to remain in sanctuary, who will tell the story of the legal fight to save her and discuss the legal and ethical issues relating to elephants and other wild animals in captivity, and how to protect them.
CALLIE WALDREP graduated from the University of Alabama School of Law in 2004. Since that time, she has prosecuted in three different Alabama counties. Mrs. Waldrep currently serves as an Assistant District Attorney for Lawrence County, Alabama, where she prosecutes a wide variety of cases. Specific to animals, Mrs. Waldrep has handled numerous horse and dog seizures, as well as the prosecution of the county’s former animal shelter director who was found guilty on six counts of animal cruelty after more than 300 cats and dogs—most of them emaciated, sick, and/or injured—were seized from the shelter she was running out of her home. Most notably, Lawrence County, specifically Moulton, Alabama, is also where Mrs. Waldrep initiated the seizure of Nosey after local animal control received reports that she was tightly chained in her own waste on the side of the road without proper shelter or care. Mrs. Waldrep handled the hearing which resulted in the permanent seizure of Nosey and successfully defended that ruling on appeal.
DAINA BRAY is General Counsel of Mercy for Animals and previously served as the General Counsel of the International Fund for Animal Welfare. With more than fifteen years in legal practice, Daina brings a breadth of nonprofit, international, and animal law experience. Daina is current chair of the Tennessee Bar Association Animal Law Section, a current co-chair of the American Bar Association (ABA) International Animal Law Committee, and a past chair of the ABA TIPS Animal Law Committee. She received her law degree from Stanford Law School, with pro bono distinction, and her bachelors in international studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a Morehead scholar. Following college, Daina spent a year as a Fulbright scholar in Kingston, Jamaica, working in environmental education. Daina is the 2020 recipient of the ABA TIPS Excellence in Animal Law award.
DELCIANNA "DELCI" WINDERS is a professor at Lewis & Clark Law School, where she directs the Animal Law Litigation Clinic. She has practiced, taught, and published scholarship on animal law for more than a decade. Prior to joining the Lewis & Clark faculty, Winders was vice president and deputy general counsel for the PETA Foundation, the first academic fellow of the Harvard Animal Law & Policy Program, and a visiting scholar at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University. While at the PETA Foundation, Delci created the Captive Animal Law Enforcement division, a specialized group of highly trained attorneys, wildlife specialists, veterinarians, and support staff that advocates on behalf of elephants, bears, big cats, chimpanzees, and other animals exploited for entertainment. She was involved in numerous legal efforts on behalf of elephants, including eleven elephants who were rehomed to The Elephant Sanctuary (TES) from notorious circus supplier the Hawthorn Corporation and, of course, Nosey. Delci personally accompanied Nosey on her trip to TES.
RACHEL MATHEWS is an attorney and the director of the Captive Animal Law Enforcement division of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Foundation. She works on behalf of animals, particularly elephants, who are held captive in circuses and roadside zoos. Her team's many victories include prompting animal circuses to shut down or go animal-free, rescuing Nosey from the exhibitor who neglected her for decades, and championing California's statewide ban on using most animals in circuses.