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Animal Law and Ethics




2017 Fall

About This Class

This course surveys American law affecting animals and examines its ethical foundations with an eye toward preparing students to advance legal reforms underway. The legal contexts of animal law include criminal law, torts, property, and estates. Interdisciplinary readings draw from ethology (study of animal behavior, mental processes, and capacities), moral theories on the status of animals as having 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 various classroom work and one research paper. Method of evaluation: classroom work and one research paper. AWR (Yes) Perspective requirement. MELP ethics distributional requirement. 3 credits

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