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Animal Law


Several animals (a deer, bird, turtle, rabbit, monkey, and pig) surrounding the scales of justiceWelcome to the Animal Law research guide.  This guide is intended to help you start your research of animal law issues by outlining some of the authoritative animal protection laws in the U.S., as well as other helpful resources.  

Legal Databases

Westlaw has a page dedicated to Animal Law Cases.

Lexis has an Animal Law page where you can search within the realm of animal law.

HeinOnline has a page called Animal Studies: Law, Welfare, and Rights.

Animal Law Research Methodology

The basic animal law research methodology is similar to other areas of legal research:

1. Establish the facts.

2. Identify the issues.

3. Locate authority.

4. Evaluate authority - make sure to evaluate for credibility, objectivity, accuracy, scope, and currency.

Repeat steps 1-4 as necessary to complete research and analysis of issues.

7. Develop conclusions and recommendations.

8. Communicate research results and recommendations.


This research guide was written in November 2021 by USD Law student Lilly Walker.