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
,
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

Cutting Edge Issues in 21st Century Animal Food Product Labeling

George Kimbrell
Legal Director
,
Center for Food Safety
Adjunct Professor
,
Lewis and Clark Law School, Food and Agriculture Law

The U.S. system of food labeling, including and particularly animal food labeling, can best be described as byzantine and diffuse, difficult for an expert to understand and navigate, let alone the public. This presentation first provides a guide through the dizzying maze of animal food labeling, including its history, types, problems, and levels. At the same time the presentation explores the underlying legal drivers of our labeling system to address the core questions of why we label, what we label, and how we label. The second half of the presentation then explores several 21st century “ripped from the headlines” labeling controversies to further explain these principles. The presentation concludes by underscoring the role of labeling as a social construct and in the future growth of animal law.

Laboratory Animal Law in the United States: Past, Present and Future

Laboratory Animal Law in the United States: Past, Present and Future

Paul Locke
Associate Professor
,
John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Laboratory animal law in the United States is non-traditional, interdisciplinary, occasionally counterintuitive – and controversial.  This presentation examines the federal laws, regulations, policies and practice of laboratory animal law, describes how these pieces knit together as a system, explores short-comings and most importantly, looks to the future.  Right now, laboratory animal law is a system that was put into place to solve a mid-20th century problem.  To best serve the public’s needs, to realize the full potential of biomedical research and science, and to better protect the health of human and non-human animals, laboratory animal law must evolve and lawyers must ignite and manage that change.  A necessary first step is to drive the transition away from animal models to emerging technologies such as organs-on-a-chip, computational toxicology and other techniques that do not use non-human animals.  

Release date
Spring 2022

Upcoming Presentations

Animal Law and Ethics

Animal Law and Ethics

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

Animal Welfare Act

Animal Welfare Act

Delcianna Winders
Director of Animal Law Program
,
Vermont Law School
Release date
Summer 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
,
Harvard Law School
Faculty Director
,
Animal Law and Policy Program
Director
,
Program on Law and Society in the Muslim World
Release date
Summer 2022

Standing (Article III)

Standing (Article III)

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

Wildlife (Related Acts and State Management Issues)

 

 

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