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Center for Animal Law Studies

Comparative International Animal Law (409-S1)

March 12, 2014

Dr. Gieri Bolliger, J.D., LL.M.
2 credits
*generally offered in the summer

This course considers the way in which animal law, and the regulation of the  human/animal relationship, has evolved through the creation of different legal mechanisms around the globe. In particular, this course examines the slow evolution of animal welfare law from its initially restricted focus on intentional cruelty against animals in the domestic and farm setting to wider concerns about negligence, and a gradual change in focusing on animal needs in the industrial setting, for example through adoption of the “five freedoms” in several jurisdictions.

Which countries are “ahead” in this race to build a better animal welfare model? The strengths and weaknesses of the various mechanisms will be considered in depth.