The field of animal law has grown tremendously in the past decade. There is substantial litigation and reform legislation designed to help animals we currently exploit for food, entertainment, and research. There is also considerable activism on behalf of companion animals. This introduction to the field covers such topics as standing to sue on behalf of animals, different theoretical perspectives that drive decisions about when and whom to sue on behalf of animals, and problems of pursuing legislative reform. The course is intended as a basic survey of legal challenges in the field, but students will also be given the opportunity to focus on specific types of animals or challenges in animal law for purposes of short graded and ungraded written assignments. Those short assignments are in addition to a final examination. Also, students may be asked to give a short oral presentation, based on one of their written assignments. Class attendance/participation is mandatory.
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