Animal law is growing in popularity in the UK, but is still not a widespread module. The benefits of teaching animal law are numerous, requiring students to draw on a range of disciplines and legal areas, as well as exploring ethics ad philosophy. Further, animal law issues are arising more often in practice, such as pet custody disputes, and students should be equipped to deal with the variety of legal problems which they may encounter during their careers. Though there are benefits of teaching animal law, there are still only a handful of modules across the UK, and very little at LLB level. This article outlines what animal law is and what a standard module covers, before exploring why we should be teaching it and the experience of the practical application of animal law in the Policy Clinic at Northumbria University. It then looks to the experience in other countries, such as the US, who have had high success in law schools teaching animal law modules and suggesting ways in which the UK can continue to grow these courses. We conclude that more law schools should be engaging with animal law as an important area of studies and that with the help of the UK Centre for Animal Law (A-law), and the wider animal law community, this can become a reality.
|Submitted - Sept 2021