Animal Law Research

A variety of detailed resources exist to assist with researching legal issues pertaining to animals, and with examining “Animal Law” as a distinct field of study.  Links to several of these materials are provided below:

Animal Legal and Historical Center––Michigan State University College of Law
“On this site you will find a comprehensive repository of information about animal law, including over 1200 full text cases (US, historical, and UK), over 1400 US statutes, over 60 topics and comprehensive explanations, legal articles on a variety of animal topics and an international collection.”

Animal Studies: Law, Welfare, and Rights––HeinOnline
“Consisting of more than 650 titles and nearly 300,000 pages related to animal law, this collection is an indispensable addition to your curriculum. Animal Studies: Law, Welfare, and Rights aims to establish the foundational laws pertaining to animals and follow the evolution of these rights throughout the years. It includes everything from philosophical books published in the 1800’s to videos, periodicals, and brochures.”

Animal Law: Cases and Materials––Sonia Waisman, Pamela Frasch, & Bruce Wagman (5th Ediition, 2014)
“Animal law is, in its simplest (and broadest) sense, a combination of statutory and decisional law in which the nature—legal, social, or biological—of non-human animals is an important factor. The fifth edition is updated significantly, while continuing to present a cohesive format that touches on many areas in which animals affect legal doctrines, case law, and legislative direction. Because animal law is not a traditional legal field, the book is largely framed according to traditional legal headings such as tort, contract, criminal and constitutional law. Each chapter sets out cases and commentary where animal law continues to develop its own doctrine. An important chapter on the commercial use of animals, introduced in the third edition, has been further updated with recent cases and statutory developments covering the significant areas of agriculture and biomedical research.”

International Issues in Animal Law––Peter L. Fitzgerald (2012)
“Addressing the interests of non-human animals in an era of globalization requires consideration of a wide range of international influences upon domestic case law, policy, and legal doctrine. International agreements and decisions affect much more than simple cross-border transactions in animals or animal-related products and can also impact what individual countries may or may not do internally to address animal cruelty, health, consumer protection interests, cultural preservation, conservation, species preservation, and a host of other issues in their national laws and regulations.”

Wildlife Law: Cases and Materials––Eric T. Freyfogle & Dale D. Goble (2009)
“Law school casebook that draws liberally upon the subject’s rich history in law and culture. Without that history, there can be no firm understanding of the subject. Second, animals are living entities, organized into shifting, complex ecological systems; from the first page, biology plays a critical role in the story. Third, moral sentiments and ethical values have expanded to attend to the plight of particular animals, to species, and to the healthy functioning of communities. Ethical concerns, too, appear as a key issue.”

The Animal Law Podcast with Mariann Sullivan––Our Hen House (online)
“Join Animal Law professor Mariann Sullivan as she unpacks the latest updates, cases, and news from the burgeoning world of animal law. Mariann will be joined by the leaders in the field, and will offer her own insightful commentary.”

Animal Law Committee Newsletter––American Bar Association, Torts, Trial, and Insurance Practice Section
“The ABA TIPS Animal Law Committee Newsletter, edited by Joan Schaffner, produces three editions per year featuring articles on late-breaking issues important to the field by some of the subject’s leading experts and practitioners.”

An Introduction to Animals and the Law––Joan Shaffner (2011)
“This exploration of the newly emerging, diverse, and controversial area of animal law presents a basic survey of the laws designed to protect animals, analyzing and critiquing them, and proposing a future where the legal regime properly recognizes and protects the inherent worth of all animals.”