Legal Issues in Animal Agriculture: Regulating Living Space

Provided with generous support from Banks Law Firm, PLLC





This presentation, part  of a series of webinars on current legal issues in animal agriculture, will  focus on the emerging legal and policy issues dealing with farm animal  confinement. This presentation focuses  on the laws and regulations of farm animal confinement in the United States,  with a special emphasis on the statutory evolution behind them.

In the last ten years,  several states have adopted statutes that regulate the amount of living space  required to raise certain kinds of farm animals. Controversial ballot initiatives like  California’s Proposition 2 have led to higher-profile compromises like last  summer’s HSUS/UEP agreement, among other significant developments that have  significant impacts on the animal agriculture industry.

The presentation is  designed to be useful to anyone — attorneys, lobbyists, federal and state  policymakers, extension personnel, producers, and others — with an interest in  a definitive understanding of food animal confinement laws in the United  States.

Continuing Legal Education:

While this  presentation is designed to be relevant for both attorneys and non-attorneys,  it has been approved for 60 minutes of Continuing Legal Education credit in  Arkansas. For attorneys outside the  state of Arkansas, the National Agricultural Law Center will happily provide  any needed documentation or materials necessary for a non-Arkansas attorney to  obtain Continuing Legal Education in their respective state. For any assistance needed in this regard,  please contact Center Director Harrison Pittman at


This webinar was presented on May 10, 2012.



Elizabeth Rumley is a staff attorney at the National Agricultural Law Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  At the Center, her primary research focus is  on legal issues in animal agriculture, and she frequently lectures on those  issues and others to audiences nationwide.  Additionally, she has  co-taught a course titled “Animals and Agricultural Production, Law and Policy”  at the University of Oklahoma College of Law, and will be teaching a course on  legal issues in animal agriculture this summer at the Dale Bumpers College of  Agricultural, Food, & Life Sciences at the University of Arkansas.
Her article A  Proposal to Regulate Farm Animal Confinement in the United States and an  Overview of Current and Proposed Laws appeared in the Drake Journal of  Agricultural Law (14 Drake J. Agric. L. 437 (Fall, 2009)) and she has  co-written an article on the enforcement powers of humane society members that  will be published this spring in the San Joaquin Agricultural Law Review.

At the Center Mrs. Rumley works closely with the  University of Arkansas’ Center of  Excellence for Poultry Science, Animal  Science Department,  and the Agricultural  Economics and Agribusiness Department.  In addition, Mrs. Rumley works closely with and is on the advisory board of the University  of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s Center for Food Animal  Well-Being.

She is licensed to practice  law in Michigan and Ohio after earning her B.A. from Michigan State University,  her J.D. cum laude from the University of Toledo College of Law, and her  LL.M. in Agricultural Law from the University of Arkansas School of Law.