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Nirva Patel

M.S. in Animals and Public Policy (MAPP) Externship Experience
May-August 2021
Using Law to Protect Animals
Nirva Patel

I had the privilege of interning with the Animal Law & Policy Program at Harvard Law School. My role in the law clinic component of the program was to assist in a fast-paced lawsuit against the National Park Service for their mismanagement of the starving and dehydrated elk population at Tomales Point, Point Reyes National Seashore. After meeting with veterinarians and wildlife biologists, I drafted expert declarations that were then used to file motions. My role in the policy program was to research India’s dairy industry (the largest in the world) and explore its complicated political, religious, and animal protection aspects. I also drafted a letter of support for an update to MA cage-free legislation. My experience in the MAPP program was critical to not only understanding the issues of my work at Harvard but also to think strategically about how to make the most impact. The combination of the broad overview of animal protection issues I learned in the MAPP program along with my experience at Harvard has equipped me with the animal tool kit I need to head into a career in animal protection.

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A meeting with Nirva and the Harvard team in a park in Cambridge


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