Very soon the new semester begins, and I will once again be teaching animal law – this year at Columbia Law School and Cardozo Law School. Every year I am astounded at the mix of students. While there are always a few students who are motivated to take the course because they know what’s happening to animals and they want to do something about it, the majority – all of them bright, well-educated young folk – are generally woefully unfamiliar with the many, many ways in which animals are exploited, killed, tortured, factory farmed, etc., etc. And these are students who have actually chosen to take animal law, so they have, at least, some interest in the subject, and some interest in animals.
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