003) Animals and the Moral Arc of Justice

This four-week class examines the evolving legal status of animals. Topics include the medieval European trials where animals were appointed attorneys, the adoption of anti-cruelty statutes in the 1800s, the rise of the anti-vivisection movements including the Brown Dog Riots that occurred in the UK and modern theories of animal rights. Taking a historical perspective, the class considers whether animals are entitled to justice, if they are receiving it and the consequences if justice is denied.