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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.

Animal Law Caucus Legislation Committee

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.


Welcome to our new Animal Law Caucus officers for 2016-2017!

  Incoming President

Shaun Esposito hails from the University of Arizona Law Library in Tucson, Arizona where he is Head of Public Services.  Pictured with Shaun is his blood hound Floyd.

  Vice-President/President Elect

Wei Fang is Asst Dean for Information Technology and Head of Digital Services at Rutgers School of Law in Newark, New Jersey.  


Lindsay Pealer is Supervising Librarian at the Office of Legislative Counsel for the State of California in Sacramento, California.

Animal Rights Legislation

What's happening with 2016 animal rights legislation?  Visit the Animal Law Resource Center to view Federal and State bills that are currently in the works.









There is a stellar line-up of presentations that you don't want to miss at this year's 24th Annual Animal Law Conference held at Pace University, New York City, October 7-9.

  • Current Legislation Approaches to Factory Farming -- factory farming is perhaps one of the most significant issues of animal protection of our time.
  • Shaking up the Food Supply: Reimagining Our Plates -- replacing animal ingredients with plant-based options, including no eggs, no dairy.
  • Military Working Dogs: War Heroes Left Behind -- what happens to the over 2,500 military working dogs that serve in the US Armed Forces?
  • Aquatic Animal Law Institute -- addressing aquatic animals that often are left out of animal protection conversations.
  • Careers in Animal Law -- not hard to convince any of us that this would be on our minds!  What you need to know to start a career in animal law.
  • Animals, the First Amendment, and Social Media -- do we go too far when it comes to animals?  Presenters explore the intersection of animals, cruelty, art, and the First Amendment. 
  • Inaugural Law Student Scholarship Panel -- the next generation of animal lawyers and policy makers present their work.
  • Captive Wildlife -- examining the status quo for captive animals and how to possibly change it.
  • Gender and Race within the Animal Rights Movement -- the problem and exploration of solutions.
  • Animal Law around the Globe -- panel delves into the most important and troubling trends in animal protection.



Animal Studies: Law, Welfare and Rights

New Collection from HeinOnline!

Law Libraries may now purchase access to HeinOnline’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 HeinOnline).  SaveSaveSave


Find old stories, announcements, etc that once appeared on the main pages of the ALC website.

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-Officers & Committees


-Annual Reports



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