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The Unequal Treatment of Animals by Species and Practice in the United States: A Moral and Legal Dilemma

2011.08.01

AUTHORS: Pamela D. Frasch, J.D. Assistant Dean, Animal Law Program Executive Director, Center for Animal Law Studies. Lewis & Clark Law School.
Hollie Lund, Ph. D. Lewis & Clark Law School .Class of 2011
TITLE: The Unequal Treatment of Animals by Species and Practice in the United States: A Moral and Legal Dilemma

PUBLICATION DATE: 2011
PUBLICATION PLACE: dA web Center, August 2011.

ABSTRACT

Every state in the United States of America has a complex web of laws protecting at least some animals from cruelty and neglect. Depending on the severity of the crime and other factors, state law may consider animal cruelty an infraction, a misdemeanor, or a felony. However, not all the animals receive the same treatment. Only time will tell if farm animals (or laboratory animals) will ever receive the same level of legal protection, for the same philosophical reasons, as our companion animals.

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