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Animal Rights Legislation 2016

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. 


ALC 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.

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Rebecca Huss to Present at Caucus Annual Meeting

    Professor Rebecca Huss

Please join us at the Hyatt Michigan C, Sunday, July 17 from 12:30 to 2:00 pm for our annual Animal Law Caucus meeting to hear Professor Rebecca Huss speak on Context Matters: Service and Assistance Animals Under Federal Law

Professor Huss is Professor of Law at Valparaiso University Law School, where she teaches several courses including Animal Law.  Her primary focus in research and writing is on the changing nature of the relationship between humans and their companion animals and whether the law adequately reflects the importance of that relationship in addition to issues relating to service and assistance animals.  Professor Huss also focuses on breed discriminatory legislation, laws that deem a dog dangerous based merely on breed.  


Professor Huss has a Master of Laws in International and Comparative Law from the University of Iowa College of Law and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Richmond School of Law.  She is past Chair of the American Bar Association's Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section's Animal Law Committee, and is a Past Chair of the American Association of Law School's Animal Law Section.  Links to her publications and other biographical information can be found at her faculty webpage.


Therapy Dogs at AALL



 It's confirmed!  The Animal Law Caucus has secured therapy dogs to visit the AALL 2016 Annual Conference in Chicago on Saturday, Sunday, and Tuesday.  Look for these great working dogs and their dedicated human handlers here:

  • Saturday, July 16, 5 to 6:30pm (Opening Reception) -- Three dogs and their handlers from Rainbow Animal Assisted Therapy.
  • Sunday, July 17, 10:15 to 11:15am (Exhibit Hall Break) -- Two dogs and their handlers from Rainbow Animal Assisted Therapy.
  • Tuesday, July 19, 9:45 to 10:45am (Exhibit Hall Break) - Dogs and their handlers from Lake County and Will County State's Attorney's offices.

Therapy dogs from Rainbow AAT work in a variety of services areas, but especially with children and those with special needs to improve their health, activities of daily living, and quality of life.  The dogs from the State's Attorney's Offices work in the courts, providing comfort and support to children and others in need.  AALL will have a space set up in Member Services for the dogs and their handlers. 

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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 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). 



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