Moral and Legal Status of Animals

Voiceless creates high-quality, free, Animal Law Education (ALE) resources for tertiary educators.


In collaboration with the Bond University Centre for Professional Legal Education, Voiceless’s Animal Law Education (ALE) provides students and teachers with the information they need to understand and discuss the moral and legal status of animals.

Students will learn about the range of theoretical, philosophical and ideological positions regarding the moral status of animals, and the traditional, contemporary and potential legal status of animals.

Encourage critical thinking, discussion and debate on the subject by downloading our free ALE resources below. 

  • Podcast
  • Presentation
  • Quiz
  • Useful Resources
  • Tutorial Activities



This engaging and informative 30-minute educational podcast is suitable for first year to advanced law students. Students can listen in to hear the arguments for/against granting legal personhood status to nonhuman animals from some of the world’s foremost legal experts on the topic. 

Interviewees include:
Professor Steven Wise, lead attorney and founder of the Nonhuman Rights Project (USA); 
Joyce Tischler, founder of the Animal Legal Defense Fund (USA); 
Professor Richard Epstein, New York University (USA); 
Dr Erin O’Donnell, Senior Fellow at University of Melbourne (AUS). 

Access the transcript of the podcast here.


This presentation provides an overview of the key concepts, debates and theorists exploring the topic. Prepared by legal education expert Professor Nick James of Bond University, this presentation can be accessed in a variety of formats: 


An online quiz to help students test their understanding of the key terms contained in this ALE. Click here


Access some of the most relevant and up-to-date literature and commentary on this topic, here.

Materials produced in collaboration with the Bond University Centre for Professional Legal Education