Over the last half century, the law has assumed an increasingly important place in animal protection even as it has begun to point in the direction of true legal rights for at least some nonhuman animals. In this chapter I briefly discuss five aspects of the law: anti-cruelty statutes; the necessity of obtaining standing to litigate on behalf of the interests of nonhuman animals; evolving protections for great apes; the movement toward legal rights for at least some nonhuman animals; and the state of legal education concerning animal protection.
Wise, S.M. (2003). The evolution of animal law since 1950. In D.J. Salem & A.N. Rowan (Eds.), The state of the animals II: 2003 (pp. 99-105). Washington, DC: Humane Society Press.