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This innovative book explores the emerging area of animal rights law. Animal Law: Welfare, Interest, and Rights asks the question, “What are the arguments for animal rights as a matter of philosophy and at law?” David Favre, a well-known figure in the area of animal rights, discusses how the legal system today deals with animal-human relationships as well as how it may do so in the future.

David Favre, who has extensive experience teaching and speaking around the world on animal issues, has crafted an exceptional text. Among its many attributes:

  • The author covers over 100 years of legal history regarding animal rights, beginning in 1867 with the adoption of the New York Anti-Cruelty Law.
  • Materials are presented to highlight the animal issues that people most commonly face, including ownership, sales, divorce, recovery for damages for harm to animals, and providing for animals in wills.
  • Criminal liability under state anti-cruelty laws is considered in detail, including topical issues such dog fighting and the hoarding of animals.
  • Veterinary malpractice and the state’s ability to control animals such as dangerous dogs and pet snakes are explored.
  • The status of commercial agricultural animals is presented in detail – including factual information and policy concepts – in order to consider what future law might be appropriate.
  • The text offers engaging, student-friendly problems and case studies on many of the main topic areas in animal rights.
  • Additional chapters, available on the Web as PDF files, include coverage of private regulation of ownership by landlords and condo associations, control of wildlife by the state, and animals in science

Animal Law: Welfare, Interest, and Rights is certain to become the preeminent teaching tool in the area of animal rights. If you are teaching a course in animal rights law – or contemplating teaching one – be sure to examine this perceptive, comprehensive text.

An author website to support classroom instruction using this title is available at

David Favre was recently interviewed on the ABC News regarding an Animal Rights case. View the video on ABC News now.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735573123
  • Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
  • Publication date: 3/7/2008
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 520
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Introduction 1

Ch. 2 Animal Ownership 33

Ch. 3 Veterinarian Malpractice 103

Ch. 4 Damages for Harm to Pets 133

Ch. 5 State Regulation of Ownership 163

Ch. 6 Anti-Cruelty Laws - History and Intentional Acts 203

Ch. 7 Anti-Cruelty Laws - Duty to Provide Care 255

Ch. 8 Agricultural Animals 287

Ch. 9 Access to Courts - Standing and Legal Injury 325

Ch. 10 The Animal Welfare Act 363

Ch. 11 Animal Rights - The Jurisprudence 405

Ch. 12 Animal Rights - The Social Movement 445

Table of Cases 183

Index 485

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