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Legal Issues in Animal Agriculture: Regulating Living Space

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This presentation, part of a series of webinars on legal issues in animal agriculture, focuses on the issue of farm animal confinement. In the last ten years, several states have adopted statutes that regulate the amount of living space required to raise certain kinds of farm animals. High-profile ballot initiatives like California’s Proposition 2 have led to higher-profile compromises like last summer’s HSUS/UEP agreement. This presentation focuses on the laws and regulations of farm animal confinement in the United States, with a special emphasis on the statutory evolution behind them.

Presenter: Elizabeth Rumley is a staff attorney at the National Agricultural Law Center in Fayetteville, AR. At the Center, her primary research focus is on legal issues in animal agriculture, and she frequently lectures on those issues and others to audiences nationwide. Her article A Proposal to Regulate Farm Animal Confinement in the United States and an Overview of Current and Proposed Laws appeared in the Drake Journal of Agricultural Law (14 Drake J. Agric. L. 437 (Fall, 2009)) and she has co-written an article on the enforcement powers of humane society members that will be published this spring in the San Joaquin Agricultural Law Review. She is licensed to practice law in Michigan and Ohio after earning her B.A. from Michigan State University, her J.D. cum laude from the University of Toledo College of Law, and her LL.M. in Agricultural Law from the University of Arkansas School of Law.

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