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Animal Law: Welfare Interests and Rights, Third Edition

  • David S. Favre
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Animal Law: Welfare Interests & Rights, Third Edition, by David Favre, exposes the student to the wide scope of legal and ethical issues surrounding animal law in our society. It contains a mix of cases and essay materials for a number of animal issues in the context of state police power, constitutional law, and traditional common law. A primary focus is the property status of animals in the civil and criminal law, the expanding visibility of dogs in our legal system, and the most recent attempts to seek legal rights for animals.

New to the Third Edition:

  • The introduction provides more focused materials on the fundamental concepts, such as pain and suffering, that are needed for the entire course.

  • The chapter on damages is rewritten with new organization and updated cases.

  • The chapter on legal rights for animals is significantly enhanced with the most recent cases.

  • In all chapters, references are updated.

Professors and students will benefit from:

  • Clear consideration of the history of anti-cruelty criminal laws and the difficulties of using the criminal law to help animals. The key phrase of “unnecessary pain and suffering” is considered in detail.

  • A clear articulation of the enhanced status of companion animals, within the ever-changing state laws of our country.

  • A review of the significant limitations of the federal Animal Welfare Act.

  • An explanation of the power of the state to pass laws regulating companions, laws dealing with breed specific bans, and dangerous dog laws.

  • An in-depth consideration of the status of companion animals both as property and as beings with legal rights in some circumstances.

  • Significant editing of all cases.

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David Favre

Prior to joining the Michigan State University College of Law faculty in 1976, Professor Favre was a practicing attorney in Virginia. During his 30 years as a professor he has written many articles and books dealing with animal issues, including such topics as animal cruelty, wildlife law, the use of animals for scientific research, and international control of animal trade. His books include Animal Law and Dog Behavior, Animal Law: Welfare, Interests, and Rights, and International Trade in Endangered Species. He also has presented to international audiences on these topics. He served on the Board of the Animal Legal Defense Fund for twenty years and is presently an officer of the ABA Committee on Animal Law. He served as interim dean of the Law College from 1993 to 1996 and from 1999 to 2000. He teaches Property, International Environmental Law, Wildlife Law, and Animal Law.

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