Environmental Law Seminar: Animal Law

This seminar will examine the federal and state laws governing, and purporting to protect, animals used for experimentation, food, entertainment and sport. The seminar will consider the realities of life and death for such animals. It will examine whether the laws that seek to protect them accomplish their purposes through a review of relevant case law and other materials. The Seminar will address how the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) has been used to attempt to protect animals, the effects on the environment of industrial animal farms and the threats to First Amendment freedoms to protest animal mistreatment by examining cases, court submissions and investigative reports. The seminar will address the societal, legislative, and judicial mechanisms operating to maintain animals as property. The course will address and discuss standing, a potential problem facing those who seek to litigate on behalf of animals and to protect them. The seminar will discuss the concept of legal rights for animals and it will review proposals for a re-examination of their status as property under law. Students will write a paper examining in depth one of the ways in which animals are used and the relevant laws aimed at protecting them in that area, and developing a litigation strategy to remedy a particular problem facing companion animals, wildlife, animals used in experimentation or raised for food. Credit/no credit option is not available. The paper written for this seminar may be used to satisfy the Advanced Writing Requirement.

This course is not currently scheduled.
Last offered Fall 2019.

Key to Codes in Course Descriptions
P: Prerequisite
C: Prerequisite or Concurrent Requirement
R: Recommended Prior or Concurrent Course