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Animal Rights and Welfare - California Western
Animal Rights and Welfare

Compiled by: Bobbi A. Weaver
Foreign & International Law Reference Librarian
California Western School of Law
Rev. July 2006

SCOPE: This research guide is not all-inclusive. It does, however, present resources available at the California Western library and online regarding legal issues associated with animal rights and welfare. It is designed to provide the researcher with guidance as to the location of materials dealing with this subject.

Additional research can be conducted by using the KIM system, legal periodical indices, and other finding aids. Access to licensed databases is limited to students and faculty at California Western.

We welcome suggestions for improvement on this and other research guides. Please consult the Reference Librarian with suggestions and further research questions. This research guide was originally compiled December 1998. It was most recently revised on July 2006.

Table of Contents
  1. Pets

  2. Farm Animals

  3. Performing Animals

  4. Animal Testing

  5. Wildlife

  6. Miscellaneous Resources

NOTE ON INTERNET: Internet site addresses change frequently. Accordingly, some of the sites noted throughout this research guide may no longer exist under the addresses provided. To locate changed addresses, search for the page title using an Internet search engine such as Google []


A. Books

  • Barrie, Anmarie. Cats and the Law. Neptune City, NJ: T.F.H. Publications, c1990.
    LOCATION: 4th Floor
    CALL NO.: KF390.5 .A5 B37 1990

  • Cawley, Linda A. Legal beagle: diary of a canine counselor. Far Hills, NJ: New Horizon Press, c1996.
    LOCATION: 4th Floor
    CALL NO.: KF 390.5 .D6 C38

  • Foster, Lisa K. Dogs on the beach: a review of regulations and issues affecting dog beaches in California. Sacramento: California State Library, California Research Bureau, 2006.
    LOCATION: 4th Floor
    CALL NO.: KF390.5 .D6 F67 2006

  • Randolph, Mary. Every dog's legal guide: a must-have for your owner. Berkeley: Nolo, 2005.
    LOCATION: 4th Floor
    CALL NO.: KF390.5.D6 R36 2005

B. Internet Resources

  • San Diego Humane Society and S.P.C.A.
    This site provides links to information on investigations and an online complaint form for reports of animal abuse and/or neglect [Click on the "Protecting Animals" tab at the top of the page for the online complaint form.].

  • Feral Cat Coalition
    This site provides information and relevant links regarding the issue of feral cats in the San Diego area.

Farm Animals

A. Books

  • Looney, J.W., et al. Agricultural law: a lawyer's guide to representing farm clients. Chicago, Ill.: Section of General Practice, American Bar Association, c1990.
    LOCATION: 4th Floor
    CALL NO.: KF1682 .A78

  • Pedersen, Donald B. Agricultural law in a nutshell. St. Paul, Minn.: West Pub. Co., c1995.
    LOCATION: Reserve
    CALL NO.: KF1682.Z9 P43

B. Periodicals

  • Drake journal of agricultural law. Des Moines, Iowa: Drake Law School, Drake University, c1996-
    LOCATION: 3rd Floor--Periodicals

  • San Joaquin agricultural law review. Fresno, CA : San Joaquin College of Law.
    LOCATION: 4th Floor
    CALL NO.: KF1681.A15 S26

Performing Animals

A. Books

  • Bunting, Greta. The horse: the most abused domestic animal. St. Petersburg, FL.: G. Bunting, c1997.
    LOCATION: 3rd Floor
    CALL NO.: HV4749 .B86 1997

  • California. Horse racing law: chapter 4, division 8, Business and professions code: and related laws, effective January 1, 1984. Sacramento, Calif.: California Horse Racing Board, 1983-
    LOCATION: 4th Floor
    CALL NO.: KFC645.A29 H67 1996

  • Howland, Joan S., and Michael J. Hannon. A legal research guide to American thoroughbred racing law for scholars, practitioners, and participants. Buffalo, NY: W.S. Hein, 1998.
    LOCATION: Reference
    CALL NO.: KF241 .S66 H68 1998

B. Internet Sources

  • Johnson, William M. The rose-tinted menagerie: a history of animals in entertainment from Ancient Rome to the 20th Century, c1990, available at

  • Performing Animal Welfare Society
    This site provides links to current news and legislative alerts concerning performing animals.

  • United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
    This site has a link to a search function which allows you to look for USDA documents specific to performing animals.

Animal Testing

A. Books

  • Fano, Alix. Lethal laws: animal testing, human health, and environmental policy. London; New York: Zed Books; New York: Distributed exclusively in the USA by St. Martin's Press, 1997.
    LOCATION: 3rd Floor
    CALL NO.: R853.A53 F36 1997

  • Hart, Lynette A., ed. Responsible conduct with animals in research. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998.
    LOCATION: 3rd Floor
    CALL NO.: HV4915 .R47 1998

  • Orlans, F. Barbara, et al. The human use of animals: case studies in ethical choice. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998.
    LOCATION: 3rd Floor
    CALL NO.: HV4915 .H85 1998

  • Rothblatt, Martine Aliana. Your life or mine: how geoethics can resolve the conflict between public and private interests in xenotransplantation. Aldershot, England, Burlington VT: Ashgate, 2004.
    LOCATION: 3rd Floor
    CALL NO.: RD129.5 R68 2004

  • Rudacille, Deborah. The scalpel and the butterfly: the war between animal research and animal protection. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2000.
    LOCATION: 3rd Floor
    CALL NO.: HV4915 .R8 2000

B. Internet Resources

  • American Antivivisection Society
    This organization is against the use of animals in biomedical research. Click on 'Site Map' to view links to the issues discussed on this web site.

  • Foundation for Biomedical Research
    This organization supports the use of non-human animals in biomedical research.

  • Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
    This organization promotes a plant-based diet, and opposes the use of animals in research.


A. Books

  • Baur, Donald C, and William Robert Irvin, eds. The Endangered Species Act: law, policy and perspectives. Chicago, IL: American Bar Association, 2002
    LOCATION: 4th Floor
    CALL NO.: KF5640 .A315 E53 2002

  • Goble, Daniel D., and Eric T. Freyfogle. Wildlife law: cases and materials. New York: Foundation Press, 2002
    LOCATION: 4th Floor
    CALL NO.: KF5640 .G62 2002

  • Heijnsbergen, P. van. International legal protection of wild fauna and flora. Amsterdam; Washington, DC: IOS Press, c1997.
    LOCATION: 3rd Floor
    CALL NO.: K3525 .H45 1997

  • Musgrave, Ruth S., et al., eds. Federal wildlife laws handbook with related laws. Rockville, Md.: Government Institutes, c1998.
    LOCATION: 4th Floor
    CALL NO.: KF5640 .F43 1998

  • Pederson, Shannon C. Acting for endangered species: the statutory ark. Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 2002.
    LOCATION: 4th Floor
    CALL NO.: KF5640 .P48 2002

B. Periodicals

  • Wildlife law news quarterly. Albuquerque, N.M.: Center for Wildlife Law, Institute of Public Law, University of New Mexico School of Law, 1993-
    LOCATION: 3rd Floor--International
    CALL NO.: K3525.A13 W54

C. Internet Sources

  • American Society of International Law: Wildlife Interest Group
    Provides links to the group's publications, including the Journal of Wildlife Law & Policy and papers from the organization. Also provides information about global wildlife protection measures.

  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
    Provides links to NOAA's central library as well as links to the National Marine Fisheries Service and National Ocean Service.

  • National Wildlife Federation
    Provides links to current news articles and various NWF publications.

  • Save-Our-Seals Coalition
    This web site is produced by a coalition of San Diego-area environmental and animal protection groups organized to preserve the harbor seal colony at Casa Beach in La Jolla.

  • Sierra Club
    Provides links to information on activism and to a site-specific search engine.

  • United States Fish and Wildlife Service
    Provides links to a site-specific search engine as well as links to information on endangered species, relevant legislation, publications, and international affairs.

  • World Wildlife Fund
    Click on "United States" and you are linked to a page with further links to current news items, WWF publications, and information on global WWF campaigns.

Miscellaneous Resources

A. Books

  • Brooman, Simon, and Debbie Legge. Law relating to animals. London; Sydney: Cavendish, 1997.
    LOCATION: 3rd Floor
    CALL NO.: K3620 .B76 1997

  • Francione, Gary L. (Gary Lawrence). Animals, property, and the law. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, c1995.
    LOCATION: 4th Floor
    CALL NO.: KF3841 .F73

  • Francione, Gary L. Introduction to animal rights: your child or your dog? Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2000.
    LOCATION: 3rd Floor
    CALL NO.: HV4764 .F72 2000

  • Pamela D. Frasch, et al. Animal law. Durham, N.C.: Carolina Academic Press, c2000.
    LOCATION: 4th Floor
    CALL NO.: KF390.5.A5 A85 2000

  • Hauser, Marc C., et al., eds. People, property or pets? West Lafayette, IN: Purdue University Press, 2006.
    LOCATION: 4th Floor
    CALL NO.: KF390.5 .A5 P46 2006

  • Kistler, John M., ed. Animals are the issue: library resources on animal issues. Binghamton, NY: Haworth Information Press, 2004.
    LOCATION: Reference
    CALL NO.: HV4708 .A55 2004

  • Singer, Peter. Animal liberation, 2nd ed. New York, N.Y.: New York Review of Books: Distributed by Random House, c1990.
    LOCATION: 3rd Floor
    CALL NO.: HV4708 .S56 1990

  • Singer, Peter, ed. In defense of animals: the second wave. Malden, MA: Blackwell Pub., 2006.
    LOCATION: 3rd Floor
    CALL NO.: HV4711 .I6 2006

  • Soave, Orland. Animals, the Law, and Veterinary Medicine: A Guide to Veterinary Law. Lanham, MD: Austin & Winfield, 2000.
    LOCATION: 4th Floor
    CALL NO.: KF3835 .S67 2000

B. Periodicals

  • Animal law. Portland, Or.: Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College, c1995-
    LOCATION: 4th Floor
    CALL NO.: KF3841.A15 A53

  • Animal rights law reporter. Clarks Summit, PA: Society for Animal Rights, Inc., c1980- LOCATION: 4th Floor
    CALL NO.: KF390.5.A5 A132 1982-83

C. Internet Sources

  • Animal Legal Defense Fund
    This organization's purpose is to legally defend the rights of animals against abuse and exploitation. Their web site includes links to the organization's library and to other animal law sites.

  • Animal Protection and Rescue League
    This San Diego-based organization works to protect animals in all settings.

  • Humane Society of the United States
    This web site provides information on various aspects of animal welfare. This web site provides links to relevant news articles ("What's New") as well as information about the organization's current campaigns.

  • National Agricultural Library
    This web site includes a connection to the library's catalog and an index of journal articles.

  • PETA online
    PETA [People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals] is an animal advocacy group which promotes vegetarianism and opposes the use of animals for fur and laboratory testing. Their web site includes links to news stories concerning the group's advocacy issues

  • Rutgers University School of Law: Animal Rights Law Center
    Provides links to selected cases, handbooks, statutes, and regulations regarding animal rights.

  • Student Animal Legal Defense Fund at the Lewis & Clark School of Law (Portland, Oregon).
    This student group hosts an annual conference on animal law, and provides various links regarding animals and the law on its web site.

D. Licensed Databases

These resources are available only to California Western students and faculty. If you have questions on accessing these services, please see a Reference Librarian.

  1. Lexis-Nexis - Environmental Law Library. This library consists of various files of primary law (e.g., cases, statutes, regulations, etc.) as well as secondary resources, including several law journals with an environmental focus.

  2. Westlaw

    1. Primary legal materials. Like Lexis-Nexis, Westlaw also provides access to various databases containing primary law (e.g., cases, statutes, regulations, etc.)

    2. Environmental publications. Westlaw covers some nonlegal environmental publications, such as the following:

      • American Forests

      • Conservationist

      • National Parks

      • Sierra [abstracts and full-text]

  3. Periodical Indices

    • LegalTrac

    • Index to Legal Periodicals and Books

    • HeinOnline [Full-text]

    • JSTOR [Full-text]

    • Blackwell's Journals [Full-text]