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Animal Law

A guide to resources available online and in the library on the law surrounding pets and service animals, wild animals, wild game, and livestock.

Livestock


Texas Law

Below you will find references to areas of the Texas law that govern livestock and other working animals. If you find these statutes difficult to understand, you may want to view the "plain English" resources on this page or speak to an attorney.

Federal Law

Below you will find references to areas of Federal law that govern livestock and other working animals. If you find these statutes difficult to understand, you may want to view the "plain English" resources on this page or speak to an attorney.

Texas Agency Regulations

Below you will find references to Texas rules and regulations in the Texas Administrative Code (TAC) relating to livestock animals. These rules and regulations are established by various state agencies and have the force of law.

Explained in "Plain English"

Because Texas and federal law may not be easy to understand, below you'll find a collection of resources that help to explain the law in "plain English."

Open vs. Closed Range

Many people wonder whether Texas is open or closed range for the purposes of loose livestock. The following resources discuss the law surrounding animals running at large and local regulation of loose livestock.

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