Animal Law

Animal law is any legal issue that involves animals. It is the statutory and case law wherein the nature of animals, whether legal, social or biological, is a major factor. This facet of law includes all animals-companion animals, animals raised for food, animals used in research, education and entertainment and wildlife. Animal law is a city ordinance, a state or federal law, an international treaty, or a case whose provisions or results has an impact on an animal or animals. Animal law is the actual laws, legal precedents, rules and regulations that affect animals' care and use, how they can and cannot be treated and whether or not they are considered animals.

Examples include:

  • Animal cruelty
  • Animal fighting
  • Animal protestors and free speech
  • Animals in entertainment
  • Animals used for food
  • Animals used in scientific research
  • Conservation issues related to wildlife and habitat
  • Constitutional issues
  • Consumer fraud and deception in the sale, trade or lease of animals
  • Contracts for the sale, use, lease or trade of animals
  • Custody of animals in divorces
  • Dangerous dog hearings and other violations of local laws and ordinances
  • Dog bites
  • Equine law
  • Federal enforcement of animal protection laws
  • Hunting
  • Intellectual property
  • International trade
  • Local ordinances and state laws
  • Legal consulting related to animals
  • Ownership disputes
  • Pet trusts and emergency planning
  • Service animals and the American with Disabilities Act and Fair Housing Act
  • Veterinary malpractice
  • Wrongful death or injury of an animal by public or private entities