SALDF Preamble & Pupose
There is nothing more honorable in human endeavor than to bear witness to the truth of Jesus Christ. We, the charter members of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund at Regent University School of Law, seek to act upon this principle according to the articles stated below. Our mission will be to act in accordance with God’s commission of humans to be stewards of His Earth and Creation, including the living creatures He bestowed upon this earth, and to protect animals through raising awareness of animal abuse and neglect, as well as to provide a forum for education, advocacy, and scholarship aimed at protecting the lives and advancing the interest of animals through the legal system, and raising the profile of the field of animal law.
We believe that all Christians are admonished in the Scriptures to bear witness to Jesus Christ (Matt. 28:18-20; John 20:21) and have the power available through the Holy Spirit to do so (Acts 1:8). The purpose of the SALDF is to provide Regent University School of Law students with opportunities to reach out in the name of Jesus Christ and in the power of the Holy Spirit to those who do not know Him. This organization is called by God to be a vehicle through which students can go out into the community and share their Christian faith and love with unbelievers. Moreover, the SALDF is dedicated to providing a Christian forum for education, advocacy, and scholarship aimed at protecting the lives and advancing the interests of animals through the legal system, and raising the profile of the field of animal law.
The SALDF at Regent University School of Law is dedicated to the goals of educating the law school and surrounding community about forms of institutionalized animal abuse, and engaging in projects that combat that abuse. The SALDF is equally dedicated to equipping Christian law students in protecting the lives and advancing the interests of animals through the legal system. The activities of the SALDF shall include, but not be limited to: hosting speakers, debates, and conferences on current issues in animal welfare law; carrying out research projects for lawyers and organizations promoting animal welfare; networking with students at other law schools, colleges, and universities; conducting educational events such as information tables and video screenings on pertinent issues; and reaching out to Regent University School of Law’s students and the community on how they can recognize and combat animal abuses through the legal system.