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 legal 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 guide 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 through graded written assignments. Also, students should expect to give a short oral presentation, based on one of their written assignments. Students may, but need not, produce work sufficient to satisfy the Substantial Analytical Writing requirement. Class attendance/participation is mandatory.
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Substantial Analytical Writing Requirement;