As an international NGO, GAL doesn't have the mandate to intervene in any country in relation to any particular or issue. However, we may provide expert guidance wherever it is possible (based on our scope, resources and knowledge).

At the UN, GAL is a member of the NGO Major Group and the Animal Issues Thematic Cluster (AITC). More generally, GAL takes part in international discussions related to animal protection as an active member of the International Policy Forum (IPF).
The UN Convention on Animal Health and Protection (UNCAHP) is a project created and led by GAL which we are pursuing to be adopted by the UN General Assembly.

There are other international NGOs working in animal protection, however, GAL is unique in global animal law, being the leading expert organization working in this field.

Global Animal Law GAL Association was founded in 2016 by Dr. iur. Antoine F. Goetschel in Zurich, after the GAL project was first launched in July 2014. GAL's goal is to improve the protection of all animals through law. In other words, GAL aims to provide the necessary expert legal guidance to improve the lives and well-being of all animals (companion, farm, lab, sport, entertainment and wild) in every country in the world at the national, regional and global level. The law is as a powerful means, and a decisive key, for the protection of animals.

GAL is an independent association which provides expert guidance to improve the legal protection of animals globally. We aim to act in a practical and useful way. In cooperation with national and international institutions, as well as the main animal law experts worldwide, GAL helps legislators to take the necessary measures to improve the legal protection and welfare of all animals, i.e. companion, farm, lab, sport, entertainment and wild animals.

GAL is frequently asked for legal support. If possible, GAL can give advices which can be found in the toolbox, as well as redirect to experts and/or organizations/institutions that are able to act concretely and can help with legal questions.

Bequests and donations are currently exempt from donation and inheritance tax in Switzerland and will benefit the intended purpose in full. For Germany, please have a look at the German website of the supportive association of Global Animal Law GAL e.V.:


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