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About the Center for Animal Law

Characterized by academic rigor and community outreach, the Center for Animal Law examines local, state, federal and international policy relating to the rights and welfare of animals, including animal cruelty, factory farming, animal experimentation, animals in entertainment and tort valuation of animals.

Combining theory with practice, the center also serves as a resource for the legal protection of animals by promoting both the enforcement of existing laws and the enactment of new laws designed to ensure animal welfare. Constituencies served include the public, law enforcement, humane organizations and other academic communities. In addition, the center has established working relationships with legislators at the state, county and municipal levels, as well as the Chicago Police Department and Cook County Sheriff’s Office. ​