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World Animal Protection US Welcomes Two New Board Members



World Animal Protection’s US office is delighted to welcome Rajesh K. Reddy and Janet Patterson-Kane to our board.

World Animal Protection is thrilled to announce the addition of two new members to our US board! Janet Patterson-Kane and Rajesh K. Reddy will join Sandra Bereti, Sonya Marques-Correia, Steve McIvor, and myself in our mission to rewrite the story for animals and end animal suffering. Forever.

Meet our new board members:

Rajesh Reddy

Rajesh (Raj) K. Reddy.

Rajesh (Raj) K. Reddy (he/him) directs the Animal Law Program at the Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis & Clark Law School, where he oversees the institution’s animal law curriculum, its Advanced Animal Law Degree Programs, and Global Animal Law Program.

In his role as an Assistant Professor, Raj teaches numerous courses, including: International Animal Law, Animal Legal Philosophy, and an Emerging Topics seminar focused on Insect Law, among others.

His current advocacy work centers on developing the world’s first global animal protection treaty, as well as advancing the legal personhood of animals, with his effort to help secure the discovery rights of a group of hippos facing mass slaughter in Colombia having given rise to the first recognition of legal personhood in the US outside of dicta.

Janet Patterson-Kane

Janet Patterson-Kane.

Janet Patterson-Kane (she/her) trained as a veterinarian in her home country of New Zealand and worked in clinical practice before completing a PhD in equine clinical science. She then trained in the US to become a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists before embarking on an academic career in various locations including the UK, Australia, and the US.

Janet’s research career has focused on health and welfare issues for companion animals, horses, and wildlife. She is the author/co-author of 90 peer-reviewed scientific papers and the textbook Clinical Equine Oncology.

In 2018 she was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (United Kingdom) for meritorious contributions to knowledge.

From 2019-2022 Janet served as the Chief Scientific Officer for the Morris Animal Foundation, including running the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study.

Janet completed a Postgraduate Certificate in International Animal Welfare, Ethics and Law at the University of Edinburgh in 2022 and is currently the Veterinary Science Partner for the Waltham Petcare Science Institute within Mars Petcare, where she helps make a better world for companion animals.


We’re so grateful to Janet, Raj, and our entire board for their guidance and support in our efforts to make the world a kinder place for animals.

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