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Animal Law

This course will examine the legal status of non-human animals, including an overview of the laws regulating the relationship between humans and animals, how they varies according to the use to which animals are put and scientific understanding of the capacities of animals, and how they have evolved historically; how judges, administrators and other policymakers see and speak about animals; philosophical points of view on the appropriate relationship between humans and animals; current animal protection laws; "standing" and the problems of litigating on behalf of animals; the classification of animals as "property" and whether such classification is appropriate or important; legal protection and regulation of the bond between humans and companion animals; regulation of the treatment of animals in various institutional settings, including agriculture; and various arguments and strategies for reform.

Grading and Method of Evaluation:
Letter grade with pass/fail option. Grades will be based on class participation, one short paper during the semester, and a final paper.