Animal Law, Ethics and Enforcement

The six-credit Animal Law, Ethics and Enforcement microcredential provides an introduction to society’s duty of care to animals, and enforcement of laws regarding the treatment of animals.

This microcredential is for those who want to explore legal issues surrounding animal cruelty and work or volunteer to address this complicated issue, including but not limited to police, who must enforce the anti-cruelty laws, animal control officers, animal welfare, care or legal professionals and shelter staff.

Students who complete this microcredential will be acquainted with the fundamental principles of animal law and ethics, and have a better understanding of New York State Law pertaining to the protection of animals and how to properly handle animal cruelty cases.


  • CRJS 134 Animal Law and Ethics
  • CRJS 138 Animal Law Enforcement

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Credits earned in this microcredential are stackable to the following program:

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon the completion of this microcredential, students will be able to:

  • Articulate key animal law issues and their ethical implications and be able to evaluate the development of existing law and critically assess ways to improve these laws and their enforcement.
  • Interpret the meaning of animal cruelty and animal law as it applies to companion, farm, wild and domesticated animals.

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Ricky P. Thibodeau
Business and Criminal Justice DEPARTMENT CHAIRPERSON