About the Authors

Gary L. Francione is Board of Governors Professor, Distinguished Professor of Law and Nicholas deB. Katzenbach Scholar of Law and Philosophy at Rutgers University School of Law-Newark.

Anna Charlton is Adjunct Professor of Law at Rutgers University School of Law. She was the co-founder and co-director (with Gary L. Francione) of the Rutgers Animal Rights Law Clinic from 1990-2000.

Prof. Francione has been teaching animal rights and the law for more than 29 years, and he was the first academic to teach animal rights theory in an American law school. He has lectured on the topic throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe, including serving as a member of the Guest Faculty of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. He has been a guest on numerous radio and television shows. He is well known throughout the animal protection movement for his criticism of animal welfare law and the property status of nonhuman animals, and for his abolitionist theory of animal rights. He is the author of numerous books and articles on animal rights theory and animals and the law.

Prof. Francione and Prof. Charlton started and operated the Rutgers Animal Rights Law Clinic/Center from 1990-2000, making Rutgers the first university in the United States to have animal rights law as part of the regular academic curriculum, and to award students academic credit not only for classroom work, but also for work on actual cases involving animal issues. Prof. Francione and Prof. Charlton represented without charge individual animal advocates, grassroots animal groups, and national and international animal organizations. They currently teach a course on human rights and animal rights, and a seminar on animal rights theory and the law. Prof. Francione also teaches courses on criminal law, criminal procedure, jurisprudence, and legal philosophy.

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