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Animal Law Research Guide

This guide will assist in researching issues in Animal Law, Animal Rights and Animal Welfare.


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Law and Legislation

The following sources include laws and pending legislation on Animal Law topics. These sources should be used for information only--legal researchers should use primary sources for the most comprehensive and up-to-date information.

  • Animal Legal & Historical Web Center, Michigan State University College of Law. Links to federal and state laws. Gives summary of law and links to full text.
  • Digest of Federal Resource Laws, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Includes federal laws, federal regulations, treaties, Executive Orders, Interstate Compacts, and Wetlands MOAs.
  • Facts About Federal Wildlife Laws, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
  • Federal Laws, Policies & Regs, Animal Law Section, National Association for Biomedical Research.
  • Federal Legislation, Humane Society of the United States. Pending federal legislation on animal law topics with commentary and links to full text.
  • Federal Wildlife and Related Laws Summary, Federal Wildlife and Related Laws Handbook. Summaries of laws. (This is no longer being updated.)
  • Laws & Policies, National Marine Fisheries Service, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Full text laws, regulations, policies and commentary on Endangered Species Act, Marine Mammal Protection Act, and National Environmental Policy Act.