Overview

Position Objectives:

To assist with strategising and coordinating PETA India litigation at various forums, including in cooperation with outside counsel
To ensure that PETA India staff members are operating with sound knowledge of the law and using the strongest legal arguments to advance and meet our objectives
To prepare casework against individuals or organisations responsible for cruelty to animals

 

Primary Responsibilities and Duties:

Draft in-house legal documents and pleadings
Conduct legal research for ongoing and proposed litigation
Manage in-house litigations and coordinate with outside counsel, as assigned
Ensure regular, timely reporting on the progress of litigation to the supervisor
Assist with and, when required, lead PETA India’s litigation to advance animal protection under the law, including by coordinating with outside counsel and appearing in court
Under supervision, identify and manage relations with outside legal counsel on various matters
Prepare and send legal notices to individuals and organisations breaking animal-protection laws
Assist in exercising due diligence, including by maintaining clear records of correspondence and court-related documents
Ensure that the organisation’s work conforms with legal requirements
Meet with outside counsel and others, as required by individual cases and as requested
Write letters to and meet with law-enforcement officials in order to persuade them to act in cases of cruelty to animals
Draft and coordinate official letters, Right to Information Act requests, reports, and other documents as needed
Ensure PETA India staff members are operating with sound knowledge of the law and using the strongest legal arguments to advance and meet our objectives
Conduct media interviews, including on camera, and carry out other public-speaking engagements about specific cases as well as PETA India’s policy advocacy work and campaigns
Provide campaigners, researchers, investigators, and caseworkers with legal support
Research, interpret, and apply pertinent central government and state statutes, regulations, and case law
Report on weekly developments in all significant matters as well as future courses of action and related deadlines
Monitor issues and cases for potential legal action
Perform any other duties assigned by the supervisor

About PETA India

PETA India, based in Mumbai, was launched in January 2000. PETA India operates under the simple principle that animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on or use for entertainment, while educating policymakers and the public about animal abuse and promoting an understanding of the right of all animals to be treated with respect.

PETA India focuses primarily on the areas in which the greatest numbers of animals suffer the most: in the food and leather industries, in laboratories and in the entertainment industry. PETA India’s investigative work, public education efforts, research, animal rescues, legislative work, special events, celebrity involvement and national media coverage have resulted in countless improvements to the quality of life for animals and have saved countless animals’ lives.