Use the Animal Law Resource Center to search for legislation on animal rights.  Search options include: by federal or by state, by categories (e.g., animals in research), by popular tags (e.g., Ag-Gag), and special parameters (e.g., author or sponsor of a bill).  What's happening in your state right now?



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The mission of the Animal Law Caucus Legislation Committee is to keep ALC members apprised of current legislative activity for both state and federal legislation. The Committee documents sites highlighting bill status and information encompassing animal law across all legal topics. Whether the subject entails criminal law, torts, or wills and trusts, the ALC Legislation Committee will highlight the advancement of animal law and may from time to time call upon its members to support significant initiatives.

For legislation sources click here.


Animal Studies: Law, Welfare and Rights

New Collection from Hein Online!

Law Libraries may now purchase access to Hein Online’s new collection, Animal Studies: Law, Welfare and Rights. The collection has  "titles from the Animal Legal Defense Fund and Animal Welfare Institute and aims to establish the foundational laws pertaining to animals and follow the evolution of these rights throughout the years. It includes philosophical books dating back to the 1800s, videos, periodicals, brochures, and more.” (from Hein Online).  SaveSaveSave


Meet our new ALC President for 2017-2018

  President Elect

Wei Fang is Asst Dean for Information Technology and Head of Digital Services at Rutgers School of Law in Newark, New Jersey.  He obtained a master's degree in computer science from Fairleigh Dickinson University and his M.L.I.S. from Rutgers, where he specialized in digital libraries.  He has authored several peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters on digital library and video repository.  He's served as chair of the AALLc and MAV-SIS, as well as on the archive committee, technology committee, and the executive board of NJLLA.  


Chicago Bar Association's 3rd annual Animal Law Summit on August 17-18.  

A two-day in-person event to broaden your perspective on animal law as practitioners and experts from across the globe, including 28 U.S. states and Territories, Canadian provinces, South America, the Caribbean, and New Zealand update you on the latest issues in animal law from their jurisdictions.  Developments on local, national, and international case law and legislative developments including:

  • Break a Window Law: Immunity for Forcible Entry into Motor Vehicle to Rescue Animals
  • Trial Publicity, Gag Orders and Social Media
  • Legality of Bestiality
  • Animal Abuse Registries
  • Use of Cyanide Bombs to Control Predators
  • Pet Valuation and Damages
  • Citizen Initiative Rights
  • Police-Canine Encounters and Damages
  • Challenges to Dangerous Dog Prosecutions and Impoundments

More information at: https://tinyurl.com/yb6s869r 


It's not too soon to begin thinking about the 25th Annual Animal Law Conference, which will be held in Portland, Oregon October 13-15, 2017.  Some conference details below:


  • Keynote Speakers:
    • Pamela Frasch, Asst Dean, Animal Law Program and Executive Director for the Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis and Clark Law School
    • Joyce Tischler, Founder and General Counsel, Animal Legal Defense Fund


  • Factory Farming Panel
  • Criminal Cruelty Cases: Integrating Animal Law into the Mainstream
  • Gender and Race
  • Sanctuaries
  • Saturday evening keynote speaker: Jonathan Balcombe, biologist & author


  • Ethics and Animal Issues
  • Growth of Animal Law around the World
  • Aquatic Animal Law
  • What's New in Litigation
  • Challenges and Opportunities for Animals under the New Administration




The AALL Animal Law Caucus was formed in 2010 to support the efforts of law librarians, academics and practitioners in the research, teaching, scholarship, and practice of animal law. Its purpose is to recognize and further the ongoing work of AALL members in this growing area of law.

The Animal Law Caucus is a legal resource for non-human, animal related humane issues, which arise from and have an effect upon our legal system.

    a)  monitor and provide comment on relevant
          legislation and policy-making decisions
          at various levels of government

    b)  offer legal education programs on animal

    c)  compile and provide access via the website
          to relevant statutes, court decisions, and
          administrative determinations and reports

    d)  raise the profile of the field of animal law.



-Where are we? (see a map)

-Officers & Committees


-Annual Reports



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