Animal Rights Jurisprudence
About This Class
This class will explore the concept of animal law as it relates to the broader concept of legal rights. We will look at whether and how animals are subjects of the law, whether the legal system responds to their needs, and if so, how. We will start by exploring the ways the legal system defines “animal” and then move on to a discussion of animals within property law, criminal law, environmental law, and constitutional law. We will contextualize this investigation within an overall rubric of legal and moral rights and whether animals have any such rights and if not, why not.