Law Research Guide: Animal Law

Last Updated: Oct. 2, 2014. AJB

Animal law includes farm animals, companion animals and even marine animals such as those that have been harmed by oil spills. The law recognizes animals only as property regardless of the emotional value of companion animals.

 Secondary Sources

For a general introduction to the field look in American Jurisprudence, Corpus Juris Secundum, and Florida Jur 2d, under the topic, "Animals." Consider consulting a preeminent treatise such as:

Animals and the Law: A Sourcebook, by Jordan Curnutt, (2001). Treatise Collection, KF390.5.A5 C87 2001

Periodicals and Books are also a good place to start.

 Statutes

The following are selected statutes regarding Animal Law. Additional state and federal statutes with links are available through the Michigan State University College of Law Animal Legal & Historical Center.

Links to pending state and federal laws are on the Michigan State University College of Law Animal Legal & Historical Center.  The Florida State Bar Association Animal Law Committee releases a bi-annual newsletter containing current awareness information.

 Federal Regulations

Title 9 of the Code of Federal Regulations deals with animals and animal products.  This title is available in print, Westlaw, Lexis, FDsys (Vol. 1 & 2), and eCFR.

 Florida Resources

 Practice & Current Awareness

  • Litigating Animal Law Disputes: A Complete Guide for Lawyers, American Bar Association Tort, Trial, and Insurance Practice Section (2009).  Treatise Collection, KF390.5.A5 L58 2009.
  • Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, Animal Cruelty and Fighting

 Periodicals

 Select Books From the UM Law Library

  • Animal Factory: The Looming Threat of Industrial Pig, Dairy, and Poultry Farms to Humans and the Environment, by David Kirby (2010). Treatise Collection, TD195.A34 K57 2010.
  • Animal Harm: Perspectives on Why People Harm and Kill Animals, by Angus Nurse (2013).  International Collection, K3620.N87 2013.
  • Animal Law in a Nutshell, by Pamela D. Frasch, et al (2011).  Reserve Collection, KF390.5.A5 A75 2011.
  • Animal Law: Welfare Protection and Advocacy, David S. Favre (2008).  Treatise Collection, KF390.5.A5 F382 2008.
  • Before the Law: Humans and Other Animals in a Biopolitical Frame, by Cary Wolfe (2013). Treatise Collection, HV4708.W654 2013.
  • Confronting Animal Abuse: Law Criminology, and Human Relationships, by Piers Beirne, (2009).  International Collection, K3620.L39 2009.
  • Death on a Factory Farm: Animal Rights on Trial, (2009).  Reserve AV, V4708.D43 2009.
  • Globalization and Animal Law: Comparative Law, International Law and International Trade, by Thomas G. Kelch (2011).  International Collection, K3620.K45 2011.
  • The Lawyer's Guide to Dangerous Dog Issues, ed. Joan E. Schaffner (2009). Treatise Collection KF390.5.D6 L39 2009.
  • Unleashed Fury: The Political Struggle for Dog-Friendly Parks, by Julie Walsh (2011).  Treatise Collection, KF390.5 D6 W35 2011.  
  • Wildlife Law: A Primer, by Eric T. Freyfogle & Dale D. Goble (2009).  Treatise Collection, KF5640.F74 2009.
  • Zooland: The Institution of Captivity, by Irus Bravernan (2013).  Treatise Collection, QL76.5 N7 B73 2012.

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