The purpose of this guide is to assist researchers interested in studying animal law and related subjects, such as animal rights and animal welfare. Listed within this guide are suggestions for resources which will assist in locating relevant case law, statutes, regulations, articles, news, and books. Also listed are links to resources that are freely available online that researchers in animal law may find of interest.
Traditionally, animal law has been defined as those rules that govern human interactions with nonhuman animals. These rules have traditionally viewed animals as property and as having no legal standing of their own. However, there is a growing body of law covering animal welfare, animal rights and animal protection.