The Law of Animals in Agriculture
About This Class
Confronting farmed animal welfare as a discrete issue—and not as one of many externalities attributable to industrial agriculture—The Law of Animals in Agriculture focuses on the practices, policies, and regulations that directly impact the well-being of CAFO-farmed animals. We will begin with a comprehensive understanding of “accepted agricultural practices” related to animal confinement, transport, handling, feeding, and slaughter. Then we will examine various legal, market-based, and grassroots strategies used to promote incrementally higher welfare standards. Using recent and ongoing challenges, we will analyze the political and doctrinal questions raised in opposition to these reforms. As there remain many unasked and unanswered questions in this evolving area of the law, we will attempt to identify the most pragmatic and legally-sound opportunities for meaningful reform.