Animal Law and Welfare
Routledge – 2014 – 256 pages
In this objective, practical and authoritative introduction to animal law, the author examines the fundamental principles of the human-animal relationship and how those have, or have not, been translated into contemporary animal welfare law. The book describes the various uses of animals in society, the practical relevance of animal health and welfare to activities of professionals, and animal welfare in the context of global issues including climate change, disease control, food safety and food supply. It identifies 29 key principles which guide animal law and welfare. Relevant to companion, farm, captive (zoo and laboratory) and wild animals, the book has international application in countries with both established and developing legislation. It focuses on the issues and principles, referencing contemporary animal welfare law to provide a global benchmark.
The author acknowledges the diversity of views regarding animals as individual beings and beloved pets, to pure commodities. Yet animals need to be treated as one stakeholder, along with other interests, under the law. Based on successful courses run by the author and his own legal practice, the book combines science and ethics to provide an accessible introduction to the key principles of animal law and welfare.
2. Historical Development of Animals in the Law
3. What Contemporary Animal Law Says About the Human-Animal Relationship
4. Critically Assessing the Uses of Animals
5. International Animal Law
6. Animal Welfare in the Context of the Big Picture
7. Animal Welfare for Professionals
8. Animal Law in Practice
Ian Robertson is a qualified veterinarian and also a barrister (Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand). He has made regular contributions to TV, radio and newspapers in New Zealand and the USA. The author of books on pet care, he has also designed the curriculum for on-line courses on animal law and taught courses at the University of Leeds (UK) and Massey University (New Zealand). He is a member of the International Advisory Board of Compassion in World Farming, an external associate of the OIE (World Animal Health Organization) and a prosecutor for the New Zealand government (Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry).