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Animal Law: A Beginner's Guide

Animal law is a rapidly growing area of law, especially in the past decade. This guide provides an overview of the resources available covering animal law, wildlife law, and animal rights and welfare law.


Human-animal interaction comes in a variety of forms, including companionship, agriculture, and science. As a result, animal law extends into many areas of law, including criminal, torts, property, and constitutional law. In this guide, learn more about what "animal law" entails, and how to begin your research in this area.

Herbert E. French, photographer. Whoopie and Englehurst Gillette two of the White House dogs with Robert R. Robinson. 1929. National Photo Company Collection. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.