Tribal Animal Law

I often tell my students that all law is animal law and cite a laundry list of legal disciplines — from matrimonial through constitutional to support my thesis.  We then spend the semester reading cases that run that gamut.  However, I had never included tribal law in that list, nor have I ever taught a tribal law case in animal law.  I think that is about to change.   Next semester I will teach Animal Law at Fordham.  This is both my first time teaching there and the first time Animal Law has been taught there (the course description is not particularly accurate) and this case, dealing with the waste from industrial poultry operations being dumped into the Illinois River and whether the state of Oklahoma or the Cherokee Nation has standing to sue, looks like a useful example through which the class can study the complexities of bilateral animal issues as well as its intersection with environmental law.  More about it here.

David Cassuto

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