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"Cruelty to Human and Nonhuman Animals in the Wild-Caught Fishing Industry" Free Download
Sustainable Development Law and Policy Brief, Vol. 18, No. 1, 2017

KATHY HESSLER, Lewis & Clark Law School
BECKY JENKINS, Lewis & Clark College - Aquatic Animal Law Initiative
KELLY LEVENDA, Animal Legal Defense Fund

The welfare of animals killed for our consumption, and the treatment of agricultural workers involved in this industry, are pressing ethical issues not sufficiently discussed in the context of the fishing industry. While concerns about the welfare of terrestrial farmed animals gain some prominence in discussions about sustainability and food policy, concern for the welfare of fish killed for food lags far behind. This lack of concern for their welfare is in spite of considerable scientific evidence showing that fish experience pain, fear, and suffering. The fishing industry also has grave impacts on humans, which include health and safety issues, labor law violations, and even human rights abuses such as human trafficking, child labor, and slavery. Incorporating these less publicized concerns into our conversations about fishing is necessary in order to improve law, policy, and consumer awareness in this area.

"Saving Species, One Individual at a Time: Zoo Veterinarians Between Welfare and Conservation" Free Download
Humanimalia 9(2): 1-27, Spring 2018
University at Buffalo School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2017-017

IRUS BRAVERMAN, University at Buffalo Law School

The role of zoo veterinarians has changed significantly in the last several decades, reflecting and revealing broader transformations in zoo culture, especially among North American accredited zoos. This article draws on several interviews with prominent zoo vets, as well as on regulations that pertain to their work, to highlight their current position at the nexus of animal health and welfare, on the one hand, and of species conservation, on the other hand. The transformation of zoos into conservation institutions in particular has resulted in the vets’ novel focus on the sustainability of populations and their intensified involvement in in situ wildlife management. The article will explore the everyday negotiations that zoo vets must undertake to balance between caring for the individual animal’s medical needs and for the long-term survival of her population and species. Despite the central role of the zoo vet in this institutional arena, very little has been written about this figure from a scholarly perspective. The article concludes with a call for further explorations in this direction.

"CAFOs: Plaguing North Carolina Communities of Color" Free Download
Sustainable Development Law and Policy Brief, Vol. 18, No. 1, 2017


Grocery shopping has become a foraging expedition through a market of lies. The coolers are stocked with milk cartons boasting pastoral scenes of cows grazing on verdant hills. Egg cartons are stamped “all-natural.? Sausage is neatly packaged in a tube and emblazoned with a red barn. But the origins of most meat and dairy products are far divorced from these depictions of traditional farming. In stark contrast, animal products are overwhelmingly produced in Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs), otherwise known as “factory farms.?

"The 'Fowl' Practice of Humane Labeling: Proposed Amendments to Federal Standards Governing Chicken Welfare and Poultry Labeling Practices" Free Download
Sustainable Development Law and Policy Brief, Vol. 18, No. 1, 2017

LATRAVIA SMITH, Vermont Law School - Environmental Law Program, Students

Chickens raised specifically for meat production are the world’s most intensively farmed land animals. Yet, the existing legal frameworks that regulate the production and labeling of poultry products in the United States allow poultry producers to mistreat chickens, falsely distinguish poultry products, and defraud conscious consumers. This article proposes unique opportunities to improve poultry welfare in the United States’ agricultural industry and offers.


About this eJournal

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This eJournal distributes working and accepted paper abstracts on legal, policy and jurisprudential issues relating to animals.

It includes within its scope wildlife, domestic animals, and farm animals. Subject matter includes, but is not limited to torts, tax, public heath, family law, commercial transactions, contracts, agricultural law, law and rhetoric, international business transactions and international trade, constitutional law, criminal law, property, insurance, estates and trusts, comparative law, foreign law, or other areas of the law, as they relate to animals. Abstracts are welcomed which broadly approach the area, including discourses regarding the jurisprudence of animal rights and animals as sentient beings. We welcome abstracts on practice, theory, and empirical research as related to the topic.

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