Explore Animal Law

Useful books, articles & websites

Below you will find details of a selection of useful books, articles and websites that we would recommend exploring if you'd like to find out more about animal law or animal protection more generally. Please note the views expressed in these materials are those of the author or organisation and do not necessarily represent the views of A-law. To find out more about The UK Journal of Animal Law, which A-law publishes bi-annually, click on the link below.

Sources of Law


Legislation: database of UK primary & secondary legislation

Animal welfare legislation: protecting pets

Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs

Summary of UK Animal Law by Alice Collinson

Recommended reading



Ian A. Robertson

Animals, Welfare and the Law: Fundamental Principles for Critical Assessment

Joan E. Schaffner

An Introduction to Animals and the Law

Simon Brooman and Dr Debbie Legge

Law Relating to Animals

Mike Radford

Animal Welfare Law in Britain: Regulation and Responsibility

Noël Sweeney

Animals in Law

Noël Sweeney

Dogs of Law

Noël Sweeney

A Practical Approach to Animal Welfare Law

D Westerhuis et al (eds)

Emerging Issues in Green Criminology


Peter Singer

Animal Liberation

Richard Ryder

Animal Revolution: Changing Attitudes Towards Speciesism

Tom Regan

The case for animal rights

Edited by Paola Cavalieri and Peter Singer

The Great Ape Project

Andrew Linzey

Animal Rights

Yoriko Otomo

Law and the question of the animal

Mary Midgley

Animals and Why they Matter

Professor Gary L. Francione, Robert Garner

The Animal Rights Debate: Abolition or Regulation?

Cass R Sunstein, Martha Craven Nussbaum

Animal Rights: Current Debates and New Directions

Clare Palmer

Animal Ethics in Context

Paola Cavalieri

The Animal Question: Why Nonhuman Animals Deserve Human Rights

Andrew Linzey

Why Animal Suffering Matters: Philosophy, Theology, and Practical Ethics

Professor Gary Steiner

Animals and the Moral Community: Mental Life, Moral Status, and Kinship

Steven M. Wise

Rattling the Cage: Towards Legal Rights for Animals

Steven M. Wise

Drawing the Line: Science and the Case for Animal Rights

Tom Regan

Political Theory and Animal Rights

Michael W. Fox

Returning to Eden: Animal Rights and Human Responsibility

Professor Gary L. Francione

Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach

Professor Gary L. Francione

Animals as Persons: Essays on the Abolition of Animal Exploitation


Philip Lymbery with Isabel Oakeshott


Hilda Kean

Animal rights

Angus Nurse

Animal Harm: Perspectives on Why People Harm & Kill Animals

Appleby, Hughes, Mench and Olsen

Animal Welfare

Colin Spedding

Animal Welfare

James Yeates

Animal Welfare in Veterinary Practice

David Fraser

Understanding Animal Welfare

Andrew Knight

The Costs and Benefits of Animal Experiments

Andrew Linzey, Claire Linzey

Animal Ethics for Veterinarians