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Center for Animal Law Studies

Animals in Agriculture: Law and Policy

This course examines the legal framework underlying the use of animals for food. The course will familiarize students with the conditions in which animals are raised, transported, and slaughtered, as well as address federal and state laws that currently affect matters such as animal welfare, environmental impacts, global food sustainability, cultural and religious values, free speech, health concerns, international trade, and economic considerations. The course will also discuss legal issues related to the production, distribution, and consumption of animal-derived foods, including legislation, litigation, regulation, ballot initiatives, and consumer campaigns. The course will incorporate discussion of current social and legal developments, and students will be asked to participate in discussions and debates about these issues. Students will be graded by a combination of class participation and a final exam.