Laura Hagen is the deputy director of advocacy for the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA). Laura develops and manages advocacy campaigns, largely focusing on legislative and regulatory initiatives impacting wildlife. This includes efforts to curtail the wildlife trade (trafficking in ivory, rhino horn, and shark fins); to protect captive wildlife; and to defend against efforts to expand trapping and hunting domestic wild animals. Laura’s portfolio also includes farm animal protection initiatives, including a ballot question to end intensive confinement of certain farmed animals. She additionally lobbies on initiatives addressing animal mills; Laura was the lead lobbyist on a first-in-the-nation municipal ban on the retail sale of birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians.
Laura previously worked for the ASPCA’s Government Affairs team and in the Oregon Legislature as an Oregon Sea Grant legislative fellow. Laura received her J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon with certificates in Animal Law and Environmental Law. While in law school, Laura clerked for the Oregon Department of Justice and for Earthrise Law Center, where she worked on Endangered Species Act litigation. She also served as the managing editor for Animal Law Review. Laura currently serves as the Wildlife Subcommittee chair of the American Bar Association’s Animal Law Committee.