Animal Law and Ethics
About This Class
This course surveys American Law affecting animals and examines the ethical foundations of the law with an eye toward preparing students to advance reforms underway. The legal contexts of animal law we will explore include criminal law, torts, property, and estates. Legal readings will include common and statutory law at state and federal levels. Interdisciplinary readings will cover animal ethology (study of animal behavior, mental processes, and capacities), moral theories on the status of animals as holding rights and/or welfare interests, and applied ethics materials on animals used as resources in science, agriculture, entertainment, and conservation. The course will focus on both domestic and wild animals. Students will be evaluated on classroom work, two short reflective papers, and one research paper.Method of evaluation: classroom work, two short reflective papers, and one research paper. AWR: Yes Perspective requirement. MELP ethics distributional requirement.