Seminar - 2 hours. Elective course for Environmental Law Certificate Program. This course will survey the law’s understanding and treatment of animals by looking at the development of federal and state policies toward wild, captive, farmed, and companion animals. Specific topics may include the historical context of animal law; the legal status of animals as property; the concepts of animal welfare and animal rights; regulation of the use of animals in exhibition, agriculture, and other commercial industries; First Amendment and other constitutional issues raised in cases involving animals, including “ag gag” and consumer protection cases; the protection of animals by anti-cruelty and other laws; and a review of selected other topics and federal statutes. The course will incorporate legal concepts from other fields, encourage critical thought and new approaches to the issues presented, and focus on real-world applications of law in this rapidly-developing field.
Classroom Policies: This course has an attendance policy.
Classroom Policies: This course has a participation policy.
Classroom Policies: This course has a phone-laptop policy (use must be related to class work).
Final Assessment: Exam.