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International and Foreign Animal Law Research Guide

This guide helps researchers locate information on animal law in an international and foreign law context focusing on law that addresses welfare issues of companion animals, farm animals and animals used in research.


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Legal Recognition of Animal Sentience

One area of animal law currently undergoing rapid change is the legal recognition of animal sentience. Recent laws in New Zealand (2015), Spain (2021), the United Kingdom (2022), and other jurisdictions have recognized certain kinds of animals as sentient beings owed various responsibilities or consideration. Materials which discuss this topic are listed below.