Title

Interest Groups and Animal Rights Legislation

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2011

Publication Source

Society & Animals

Volume

19

Issue

3

Inclusive pages

261-277

Peer Reviewed

yes

Abstract

The American states have demonstrated varying levels of support for animal rights legislation. The activities of interest groups, including pressures from competing groups, help to explain the presence or absence of ten pro-animal regulations and laws. This article analyzes and ranks each of the fifty states with regard to ten key areas of animal protection and welfare legislation. The analysis reveals that states with a more agricultural economic base are less likely to provide protection to animals. In addition, states with a more traditional political culture are less likely to have pro-animal legislation in place.

Keywords

animal rights, interest groups, legislation, political culture

Disciplines

Agricultural and Resource Economics | Political Science

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