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Animal Law Research Guide: Primary Sources

Federal Statutes

Brief Summaries of Federal Animal Protection Statutes, by Vivian S. Chu (Congressional Research Service Report, 2010).

  • Comprehensive list of federal statutes, includes citations and summaries.

MSU Animal Legal & Historical Center:

  • to find most federal animal law statutes, first choose Find Materials then limit "Legal Material Type" to Statutes and "Country" to United States and "State/Federal" to Federal.

Animal Law Resource Center from NAVS (National Anti-Vivisection Society)

  • To find statutes, search by topic and jurisdiction.  (For proposed legislation choose the Legislation tab.)

State Law

National Ag Law Center: State Law Clearinghouse

  • Topical Arrangement of state laws on agricultural and animal issues

State Animal Cruelty Laws

  • State laws relating to animals can vary widely from state to state. This site provides a database of animal-related laws, and their penalties, from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Updated and expanded on a regular basis.


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