Duhaime's Law Dictionary

Duhaime's Animal Law Dictionary

Those legal terms, or those otherwise common place terms but which have a unique meaning in law as they relate to animals.

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Agistment
The contract of pasturing one's animals with another.
Animal
A creature or living thing, other than human, being able to move of its own accord.
Animal Law
That body of law particular to the liability associated with animals or the rights or statutory protection of animals.
Animal Sacrifice
To unnecessarily kill, torment, torture, or mutilate an animal in a public or private ritual or ceremony not for the primary purpose of food consumption.
Animal Welfare
An body of law interested in the promotion of minimal standards of animal care including the prohibition of cruelty towards animals.
Battery Cages
High-volume, small cages to house chickens for the purposes of egg production.
Cockfighting
Roosters fitted with metal spurs placed in a small ring to fight until one of them is no longer able to stand.
Companion Animal
An animal that serves as a domestic pet.
Cruelty
Conduct that causes bodily or mental injury, or apprehension to such injury, to a person or an animal, without legitimate purpose.
Dog Fighting
Two dogs, roused and tormented in advance, put in a confined area to fight while observors bet on the outcome.
Domestic Animal
A pet; dogs, cats or other tame animals or birds and which serve some purpose for its owner or others.
Domitae Naturae
Animals which are of a nature easily tamed and may be readily domesticated.
Ferae Naturae
Latin: wild in nature; usually in reference to wild animals such as monkeys or lions.
Mansuetae Naturae
Latin: animals which are now generally domestic, presumed gentle and readily tamed, such as dogs, cats, cows and horses.
Pit Bull
Dogs which exhibit appearance and physical characteristics of any of a pit bull terrier or Staffordshire, American or American Staffordshire bull terrier.
Property
A comprehensive collection of legal rights over a thing.
Ratione Loci
Latin: by reason of the place.
Ratione Soli
Latin: In relation to territory, land.
Sentient Being
A creature that can suffer and feel pain; mostly animals and humans.
Soring of Horses
The intentional infliction of a sore upon a horse to affect their gait.
Wild Animal
Animals that, as a matter of common knowledge, are naturally ferocious, unpredictable, dangerous, mischievous, or not by custom devoted to the service of mankind at the time and in the place in which it is kept; ferae naturae.
Wild Horse Annie Act
A 1959 American law that sought to restrict the use of motorized vehicles by cowboys rounding-up wild horses on public land.
Wildlife
Animals living in their natural habitat and not within the possession or control of humans.
Wolfing
The killing of wildlife by the use of poison, especially wolves.

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