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Animal Law - LAWZ448

This unit is concerned with the role of the law in regulating our interactions with animals. This unit considers important philosophical, ethical, legal and regulatory questions regarding the treatment of animals. How should animals be treated in modern-day society? Why are some animals afforded greater protections than others? How does one determine what is necessary and unnecessary harm in the treatment of animals? Should animals be conceptualised as personal property or afforded protections available to legal persons under the law? Students will be exposed to a range of ideas that will inform their analysis of contemporary animal welfare legislative framework. Regulatory arrangements will be examined and contrasted in relation to: companion animals; farm animals; animals used in commercial food (or other) production; wildlife, including protected species; and animals used in scientific experimentation, zoos and circuses. Significant international developments in animal law will be considered, and avenues for public interest litigation explored. This unit is designed to be interactive and thought-provoking in which previous conceptions and assumptions regarding non-human animals are challenged. Some students will have the option of undertaking this unit in a PACE stream.

Credit Points: 3
When Offered:

TBD - Not offered in the current year; next offering is to be determined

Staff Contact(s): Mr Jed Goodfellow

(48cp in LAW or LAWS units) including (LAWS216 or LAW316) and permission by special approval Prerequisite Information


NCCW(s): LAW448
Unit Designation(s):
Unit Type: PACE unit
Assessed As: Graded
Offered By:

Macquarie Law School

Faculty of Arts

Course structures, including unit offerings, are subject to change.
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