The American Agricultural Law Association is an organization worth checking out. They recently contacted me to ask that I announce the 2009 winner of their Professional Scholarship Award. Richard L. Cupp, Jr.'s article, Moving Beyond Animal Rights: A Legal/Contractualist Critique 46 San Diego Law Review 27 (2009), was chosen for the award. Cupp's article critiques the analogy made by some animal rights theorists between granting rights to animals and granting rights to corporations and to mentally incapable humans. The article documents the rapid expansion of "Animal Law" in United States law schools, and argues that both humans and animals are better served by courts and legislatures focusing on human responsibility for humane treatment of animals than by distorting the concept of legal rights to include animals. The article may be downloaded without charge at: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1411863 Also Check out The American Agricultural Law Association's New US Agricultural & Food Law Policy Blog.