Eric Porter - The Humane Society of the United States
Eric is a Partner in the firm's New York City office. His bio is available here.
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is a national, mainstream animal welfare organization that focuses on encouraging compassion for animals and alleviating animal suffering by working pragmatically to pass and improve laws impacting animals and the environment, and by working to educate the public about animal issues. I first began volunteering for HSUS while in college in Washington DC. A roommate of mine had been working with them, and he got me interested in animal welfare issues and opened my eyes to the wide variety of ways in which animals are often mistreated, particularly in our food production system.
During college I volunteered for a few years in HSUS’ legislative affairs division, and quickly gained a real appreciation for the focused, pragmatic approach that HSUS takes to accomplishing real change for animals through legislation, litigation, and education. While in law school I also did a summer clerkship in HSUS’ Animal Protection Litigation Department. Recently, I began volunteering as an HSUS Deputy District Leader in my congressional district in Nassau County, trying to get the word out regarding various animal issues on the state and local level.
Animal welfare is an issue I care a lot about, so being able to work with HSUS has given me an outlet for that interest and a way to feel like I’m making a positive contribution, however small. As a result of what I learned working with HSUS I also ended up becoming a vegetarian, and later a vegan. HSUS’ goals and methods should appeal to anyone who cares about animals, owns a pet, or otherwise believes that animals are deserving of kindness and respect.