Animals have traditionally been overlooked in politics, resulting in laws that fail to protect them from exploitation, abuse and neglect. This Federal Election year, the Voiceless Animal Law Lecture Series will look at the rapidly growing global movement to represent animals in politics, and use political processes to achieve positive change for animals.

Will Potter


Will Potter is an award-winning journalist based in Washington, D.C., whose work focuses on the animal rights and environmental movements, and civil liberties post-9/11.

Will’s work has focused on the rise of ag-gag legislation in the United States and he is a leading critic of the ‘Green Scare’, a term used to describe disproportionate and heavy-handed government pressure on the animal and environmental movements, including the reckless use of the word “terrorism”.

His reporting and commentary have appeared in media outlets including The Washington Post, National Public Radio and Rolling Stone. He testified before the US Congress about his reporting as the only witness opposing the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act and he has lectured at more than 100 universities and public forums internationally about his work.

His reporting has led to criminal prosecutions being overturned, and it has both been praised in Congressional reports and monitored by the Counter-Terrorism Unit. His book, Green Is The New Red: An Insider’s Account of a Social Movement Under Siege, was awarded a Kirkus Star for “remarkable merit” and he is currently a TED Fellow.

As one of the world’s leading ag-gag experts, Will Potter delivered a shocking and insightful presentation. Will was the keynote speaker for the 2014 Animal Law Lecture Series.