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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



SUNDAY, JULY 16, 12:45 pm to 2:15 pm


Don't miss the Animal Law Caucus presentation about breed specific and breed discriminatory legislation (BSL/BDL).  Brandy Lord and Lydia Zaidman from Love-A-Bull will be joining us to talk about legislation that prohibits or otherwise discriminates against specific breeds of dogs.  BSL/BDL is controversial and ineffective, yet continues to pass in jurisdictions around the U.S., supported by myths about the targeted breeds.  Brandy and Lydia will discuss BSL/BDL laws and how to effectively oppose it through education and advocacy, and suggest educational resources we can use in our own communities.  

The presentation will occur at the beginning of the meeting at 12:45pm.  The business meeting will follow.  

Love-A-Bull is an Austin nonprofit formed in 2003 to educate about and advocate for "pit bulls."  Love-A-Bull's mission is "to promote responsible guardianship and improve the image and lives of pit bull type dogs through community support, education, advocacy, and rescue."  Love-A-Bull's programs include adoption and an award winning therapy dog program, the Pit Crew.  

Brandy Lord has been part of Love-A-Bull since 2012, when she adopted a pit bull named Mr. Felix from them.  A few years later, she adopted Mama Jade, also from Love-A-Bull.  Brandy has been involved with Love-A-Bull's training, foster and adoption programs.  She joined the Board of Directors in 2014 and now sits as the Board President.

Lydia Zaidman, an Austin attorney, is the co-founder of Love-A-Bull.  She and another advocate for pit bull type dogs transformed an informal walking group in to the vibrant advocacy, education, and rescue organization Love-A-Bull is now.  Lydia is also the found of Love-A-Bull's therapy dog program, the Pit Crew.  Although she no longer sits on the Board of Directors, she and her pittie, Zoe, continue to participate in the organization as members of the Pit Crew.  


Meet our Animal Law Caucus officers for 2016-2017!


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.

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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