Aquatic Animal Law

Aquatic Animal Law - Professor Kathy Hessler

Employing the Canvas learning platform, this online course is delivered through an asynchronous format. Featuring modules that open and close each week, this course affords students flexibility when engaging with recorded lectures, readings, assignments, and one another and the professor via discussion boards. Students will be sent an email instructing them on how to access the Canvas platform a few days before the course begins. To learn more about the course and evaluation method, review the description below.

  • Course Number: LAW-927-OL
  • Course Type: Highly Specialized
  • Credits: 3
  • Enrollment Limit: Determined by the Registrar
  • Description: This course will present an overview of the laws and regulations affecting aquatic animals as well as analysis of areas needing regulation. The course will consider federal law (including the Marine Mammal Protection Act, Animal Welfare Act, Endangered Species Act) as well as state anti-cruelty laws and some local ordinances. It will also include examination of the scientific underpinnings of legal decision-making with regard to aquatic species. The course will look at the application of law, or lack thereof, in contexts including: agriculture, research, entertainment, and companion animals. The course will also briefly review some international laws and treaties.
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Evaluation Method: Final Paper along with participation in the course as described on the syllabus.
  • Capstone: No
  • WIE: No