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Animal law is a rapidly expanding field dedicated to advancing the interests of animals through the legal system and ensuring the recognition of our legal obligation to animals. The field promotes critical analysis and academic debate regarding the rights of animals and facilitates enactment of next-generation animal protection laws and enforcement.

The Center for Animal Law at DePaul was established in April 2002 through a gift from Dr. Florence Wissig Dunbar (JD, DePaul University). Recognizing that animals are defenseless and in need of compassion and protection, the center's Dunbar Program supports law students and lawyers in the field of animal law, in addition to sponsoring the training and education of humane investigators, animal welfare advocates and others working in the animal protection field.