There is no one area of law in which all animal attorneys practice, because animal issues span many areas of law. Some specialize in pet trusts, to allow people to leave assets for the care for their animals after they are gone. Some handle landlord/tenant issues, such as when a tenant is asked to choose between giving up their animal or being evicted. Others represent clients whose animals have been injured or killed by abuse or veterinary malpractice. Another area of practice is First Amendment law, which is important when activists want to exercise their right to protest. Some animal attorneys protect wildlife through a variety of administrative, environmental and wildlife laws. Still others represent clients whose dogs have bitten someone, and are facing civil lawsuits and/or the loss of their dogs.
Prosecutors also play an important role in animal law. Although prosecutors do not specialize in animal issues, they are responsible for prosecuting criminal cases including animal cruelty cases.
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