Animal Law Fundamentals is a documentary-style series of video presentations and scholarly papers on the fundamentals of animal law by some of North America’s notable animal law scholars. These videos and scholarly papers will continue to roll out over the next six months. The goal of this series is to make the fundamentals of animal law readily accessible to the public from premier subject matter experts.

Current Series

Animals as Property, Quasi-Property or Quasi-Person

Animals as Property, Quasi-Property or Quasi-Person

Angela Fernandez
Professor of Law
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University of Toronto

It is often said that there are only two available legal categories for nonhuman animals, property or person. Faced with this stark choice, judges, legislators, and members of the public will likely place them in the property category. This presentation proposes an in between quasi-hood status – quasi-property/quasi-personhood – that can be used to downplay the property-like qualities of nonhuman animals and augment their personhood-like ones. This status can be used for a large number of nonhuman animals, both as individuals and at a species level, as a kind of sliding scale, as human understanding and views of nonhuman animals and what we owe them change over time.

Cutting Edge Issues in 21st Century Animal Food Product Labeling

Laboratory Animal Law in the United States

Upcoming Presentations

Animal Law and Ethics

Animal Law and Ethics

Lori Gruen
William Griffin Professor of Philosophy
,
Wesleyan University
Release date
March 2022

Animal Welfare Act

Animal Welfare Act

Delcianna Winders
Director of Animal Law Program
,
Vermont Law School
Release date
February 2022

Farm Animal Law: State Action, Federal Limitations, and Constitutional Challenges

Farmed Animals - Transparency

Humane Methods of Slaughter Act

Humane Methods of Slaughter Act

Kristen Stilt
Professor of Law
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Harvard Law School
Faculty Director
,
Animal Law and Policy Program
Director
,
Program on Law and Society in the Muslim World
Release date
June 2022

Standing (Article III)

Standing (Article III)

Kathy Meyer
Clinic Director and Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor
,
Harvard Law School
Release date
February 2022

Wildlife (Related Acts and State Management Issues)