Hira Jaleel is a legal practitioner from Pakistan. She received her B.A-LL.B (Hons.) from the Lahore University of Management Sciences and her LL.M in Animal Law from Lewis & Clark Law School on a Fulbright scholarship. Hira is currently working as a Senior Associate at Axis Law Chambers – a full service corporate and commercial law firm in Lahore, Pakistan. As part of her practice, she regularly advises clients on animal related legal issues such as advising on the legal rights of clients threatened with eviction and seizure of their companion animals by housing authorities, assisting with prosecution of animal abuse cases, and supporting animal welfare non-profits with registration and regulatory compliance.
Hira regularly litigates on behalf of animals, and is currently litigating a case before the Honourable Lahore High Court against indiscriminate culling of street dogs by state authorities. She has also been appointed amicus curiae by the Lahore High Court in a case regarding wild animal welfare, in which the petitioners are seeking to have the Court ban the practice of possessing wild animals as exotic pets. As part of her work, Hira has drafted a model Animal Rights Act for the Province of Sindh, and has reviewed draft rules under the Punjab Animal Health Act 2019.