Coronavirus Information and Update: Fall 2021 Plans

Crimes Against Animals

NOTE: This course has two different course descriptions. Make sure you read the correct one for the section in which you wish to register.

Crimes Against Animals - Professor Lora Dunn

  • Course Number: LAW-459 In-Person Section Spring 2021 ONLY
  • Course Type: Foundational
  • Credits: 2
  • Enrollment Limit: Determined by the Registrar
  • Description: Prosecuting animal cruelty crimes presents a host of unique issues compared to other types of criminal casework. Animals are legally property, yet as living beings they are also considered crime victims in some jurisdictions. This course will explore existing animal cruelty laws nationwide and will address the practical hurdles that arise when prosecuting cruelty cases, from live evidence issues to exemptions for standard industry practices, to institutional biases. Students will engage in several in-class simulations based on real-world examples and will hear from expert prosecutors and other practitioners working in the field of animal cruelty prosecution. Topics will include hoarding, animal fighting, expert witnesses, jury selection, ag gag laws, the link between animal cruelty and domestic violence, and more.
  • Prerequisite: none
  • Evaluation Method: Class participation, final exam
  • Capstone: no
  • WIE: no

Crimes Against Animals - Professor Jacob Kamins

  • Course Number: LAW-459 In-Person Section Spring 2022 ONLY
  • Course Type: Foundational
  • Credits: 2
  • Enrollment Limit: Determined by the Registrar
  • Description: Prosecuting animal cruelty crimes presents a host of unique issues compared to other types of criminal casework. Animals are legally property, yet as living beings they are also considered crime victims in some jurisdictions. This course will explore existing animal cruelty laws nationwide and will address the practical hurdles that arise when prosecuting cruelty cases, from live evidence issues to exemptions for standard industry practices, to institutional biases. Students will engage in several in-class simulations based on real-world examples and will hear from expert prosecutors and other practitioners working in the field of animal cruelty prosecution. Topics will include hoarding, animal fighting, expert witnesses, jury selection, ag gag laws, the link between animal cruelty and domestic violence, and more.
  • Prerequisite: none
  • Evaluation Method: Student presentations, class participation, and final exam
  • Capstone: no
  • WIE: no