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Aquatic Animal Law

The Aquatic Animal Law course is an online summer course. It 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 (including those related to zoning, breeding, transportation, and display). 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.

As an online offering, the course will consist of a combination of pre-recorded lectures, live lectures, in-class assignments and discussion. Students will be graded based on participation, papers, and exercises. The course fulfills the WIE requirement and is a Highly Specialized course. It is preferred, but not required, that students have already taken Animal Law Fundamentals.

The second, optional, component of the course is not being offered in the summer of 2019. It would provide an additional 2 credits and is experiential in nature. This part of the course would consist of lectures and field trips to meet with government officials, regulators, tribal officials, scientists, and others who have an impact on the regulation of aquatic animals. If possible, this component could include time on a boat visiting sites where aquatic animals live and are impacted by regulation. This component would also include guest lectures from experts from the legal and other relevant fields. The experiential component may not be offered each summer, and is subject to sufficient student interest and payment for additional costs of the field component.