[ + ]American Kennel Club—Government Relations Department
|Title||American Kennel Club—Government Relations Department|
|Description||The American Kennel Club (AKC) is a not-for-profit dog advocacy organization that maintains an interactive website for all things dog. Most relevant to legal research—it houses their Government Relations Department.
In the Government Relations Department, users can sign up for legislative alerts, and research pending dog-related legislation. The website contains newsletters, articles, public outreach materials, presentations, policy/informational packets, issue briefs, and sample letters. Topics include canine legislation, legislative analysis, and tips on how to be an effective advocate at the federal, state, and local levels.
[ + ]American Veterinary Medical Association
|Title||American Veterinary Medical Association|
|Description||The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) maintains this website and provides access to general animal topics, as well as links to pending legislation on the state or federal level.
Although not specific to the law, this site contains a plethora of resources for animal law research, including pending federal agency rules, for example. Users may search the website content in a search box at the top right.
[ + ]Animal Law Coalition
|Title||Animal Law Coalition|
|Description||From the website, the Animal Law Coalition’s mission is to advocate “for animals to live and live free of cruelty and neglect.”
Their resources section links to laws relating to animal cruelty, breed discrimination, hoarding, horse slaughter, animal research, rodeos, wild horses and burros, etc.
[ + ]Animal Law Resource Center
|Title||Animal Law Resource Center|
|Description||This website is a clearinghouse for all United States animal law topics. Hosted by the National Anti-Vivisection Society and the International Institute for Animal Law, this Resource Center covers a broad range of content.
Users may search content by category, including legislation, laws, case law, bibliography, or model laws. Most useful, however, is the capacity to search and filter results within these categories by state, keyword, topic, or popular tags (for example “Ag-Gag”). Topics include: agriculture, animal abuse/cruelty, animal control, animals in research, companion animals (pets), education, entertainment, fish and fishing, hunting and trapping, law enforcement, transportation, veterinarians, and wildlife. The site also enables users to sign up for animal law action alerts.
[ + ]Animal Legal Defense Fund
|Title||Animal Legal Defense Fund|
|Description||According to its website, the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) seeks to protect animals through the legal system. The organization works closely with the legal academy to further its mission, by—for example—sponsoring Student Animal Legal Defense Fund Chapters at law schools, and collaborating with law school faculty.
The organization’s activities are divided into four main programs, including: legislative affairs, criminal justice, animal law, and litigation. The site links users to model laws, recently passed laws, and ongoing cases. Users may apply for membership for increased access to resources and ALDF network.
[ + ]Animal Welfare Institute
|Title||Animal Welfare Institute|
|Description||The Animal Welfare Institute’s primary purpose is to alleviate the suffering of animals by advocating for animal-friendly federal legislation. For example, they seek to abolish factory farming, end brutal wildlife trapping methods, and preserve endangered species.
The site provides access to animal law cases, federal bills, state bills, action e-alerts, and all AWI publications. In addition to legislative resources, the site maintains a “Compassion Index” that educates users on emergent animal welfare legislation, and then connects users to their elected representatives. Users may also browse animal laws by state.
[ + ]Georgetown Animal Law Research Guide
|Title||Georgetown Animal Law Research Guide|
|Description||This research guide, maintained by the Georgetown Law Library, helps users navigate the research process for animal law in the United States.
The guide lists relevant background information sources; laws and legislation; books, articles, and databases; website; other animal law legal research guides; news and blog outlets; and a few special topics. Subject matter includes domestic animals, farm animals, marine mammals, wildlife, animal experimentation, and endangered species.
[ + ]Michigan State University Animal Legal & Historical Center
|Title||Michigan State University Animal Legal & Historical Center|
|Description||Michigan State University’s College of Law maintains this comprehensive animal law research guide.
This website introduces the user to animal law topics. Each topic includes a summary, detailed legal analysis, and list of resources, including case law, laws, and articles. Users may also search for content by keyword, species, topic, legal material type, country, and state or federal jurisdiction. The site also provides users with comparative law and a unique mapping feature. Via an interactive United States map, users view which states have passed animal laws, such as dog tethering/chaining, animals in parked cars, exotic pet ownership, pets in domestic violence protections, pet trusts, and veterinary reporting and immunity.
[ + ]National District Attorneys Association for Prosecution of Animal Abuse
|Title||National District Attorneys Association for Prosecution of Animal Abuse|
|Description||The National District Attorney’s Association maintains an active animal abuse prevention program and hosts the National Center for Prosecution of Animal Abuse.
This site links to relevant state laws, state manuals, webinars, newsletters, task forces, a dogfighting toolkit for law enforcement, and guidebooks for criminal justice professionals and community members.
[ + ]UCLA Animal Law Research Guide
|Title||UCLA Animal Law Research Guide|
|Description||The UCLA School of Law maintains this research guide to animal law and related topics, including animal rights and animal welfare. The site even suggests a short reading list to get the user acquainted to animal law’s foundational concepts.
The site provides direction on how to research animal law—by providing useful key numbers, for example—and also directly links users to content. It organizes content by cases, statutes, regulations, journals and news, books, and online sources. There is an entire list of animal law books, organized by topic as well. Users may also search for a specific word or concept using the search box at the top right.
[ + ]United States Department of Agriculture: Animal Welfare Information Center (AWIC)
|Title||United States Department of Agriculture: Animal Welfare Information Center (AWIC)|
|Description||The Animal Welfare Information Center (AWIC) is mandated by the Animal Welfare Act.
The Government and Professional Resources link provides information on federal statutes and regulations governing animals used in research, testing, teaching, and exhibition. It also provides animal welfare guidelines, policies and codes of practice from around the world. Users may also search by keyword or browse the website’s content by subject.