Animal law is a combination of statutory and case law in which the nature - legal, social or biological - of nonhuman animals is an important factor. Animal law encompasses companion animals, wildlife, animals used in entertainment and animals raised for food and used in research. Animal law permeates and affects most traditional areas of the law - including tort, contract, criminal and constitutional law.
Examples of this intersection include:
Currently, animal law is being taught at some of the most reputable and respected law schools in the country - including highly ranked schools such as Harvard, Stanford, UCLA, Northwestern, University of Michigan and Duke.
Animal Legal Defense Fund, Animal Law Program (2010), at http://aldf.org/about-us/programs/animal-law-program/.