The Florida Bar

Animal Law

December 7, 2022

Animal law is a combination of statutory and case law in which the nature of nonhuman animals is an important factor, including companion animals, wildlife, and animals used in entertainment, research, and raised for food. Animal law permeates most traditional areas of the law, including tort, contract, criminal, trust/estates, family, environmental, administrative, and constitutional law.

Some examples of animal law are: animal custody disputes in divorces and separations, veterinary malpractice cases, housing disputes, “no pets” policies, damage cases involving the wrongful death or injury to a companion animal, enforceable trusts for companion animals, domestic violence and anti-cruelty laws.

Changes may occur in this area of law. The information provided is brought to you as a public service, and is intended to help you better understand the law in general. It is not intended to be legal advice regarding your particular problem or substitute for the advice of a lawyer.