Animal rights advocates are seeking numerous changes in the laws affecting animals;
much of the activity to date has been at the state level. As
is the case with many areas of law, there is significant variation in activity from
state to state. As a result, the laws in
are likely to be very different from similar laws in
. In animal law, this phenomenon is the same, but tracking
the activities across the various states reveals a pattern that reflects the current
course of animal law.
In this section of the website, we track state legislation and state court decisions
on various animal law topics. These include efforts to restrict animal dissection
in the classroom, legislative proposals and court decisions affecting animal tort
law, legislative efforts to update pet trust statutes, and amendments to state animal
cruelty statutes. This section of the site will also
summarize state ballot initiatives involving animals. Please
see the State menu at right for more details.