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Animals now have an official voice at the State Bar of Georgia following the creation of a section on animal law.

Interest in animal law — which encompasses such diverse fields as criminal law, administrative law, agriculture, contracts, wills and trusts and real estate — has burgeoned over the last decade. In 1986, only one U.S. law school offered an animal law course, according to the Animal Legal Defense Fund, or ADLF. By 2000, the number had grown to 12. Today, the ADLF says that at least 89 law schools offer animal law classes and five academic journals are devoted to the study of animal law.

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