At M Van Heerden Attorneys we have a passion for the animal in the law and the rights of animals.
In South Africa and most parts of the world animals are considered as property and therefore do not have any rights.
Professor David Bilchitz of the University of Johannesburg states that, “the struggle for human and animal rights are not separate and distinct. They have the same philosophical basis and in fact an exclusive focus on either humans or animals is inconsistent with the notion of equality and dignity which underlie this discourse.”
M Van Heerden Attorneys believe that educating the youth about compassion and caring for animals is a start in the struggle faced by South Africa to begin seeing non humans as deserving respect and kindness.
M Van Heerden Attorneys provides pro bono legal services to members of the public who have an animal rights query.