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Unit description

Considers the legal and philosophical assumptions relating to human-animal interactions, the history and present status of animals as property, and the legal regulatory frameworks governing a variety of human-animal interactions in Australia. Acceptance that the protection of animals from cruelty and other forms of exploitation is important, an understanding of the application of legal frameworks relating to animals is crucial. Predicated on the view that current protections relating to animals are inadequate, there is a strong emphasis on law reform and activism and upon practical ways in which concerned animal advocates may advance the interests of, and legal protections provided to, animals.

Unit content

Topic 1 Legal and philosophical frameworks of animal law

Topic 2 Criminal and cruelty offences

Topic 3 Companion animals

Topic 4 Animals in entertainment and sport

Topic 5 Animals in agriculture and live animal export

Topic 6 Animal experimentation and research

Topic 7 Wild animals and animals in the wild

Topic 8 Animal advocacy and law reform

Learning outcomes

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Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Teaching and assessment


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