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12 March 2000 Issue

Animal Law
Source: Jonathan Balcombe, JBalcombe@hsus.org

An important new book has just been published:
Frasch, Pamela D., Sonia S. Waisman, Bruce A. Wagman, Scott Beckstead.
2000. Animal Law, Carolina Academic Press, Durham, North Carolina.
(780 pp.)

Here are one reviewer's comments:

Here is a book that fills a gaping void. Anyone who has seen the weighty book shelves of law offices knows that law is a text-heavy field. But such is the lowly status we afford animals that up to now no academic volume has been devoted solely to the field of animal law.

This book is an excellent primer for the law student or teacher in how animals are interpreted and affected by the American legal system. By having placed in one volume some two hundred carefully chosen cases from the widely scattered case law literature, the authors provide a superb overview of their subject. They also have done a great service by saving countless hours of research for the student or practitioner of animal law.

It remains to be seen just how quickly and deeply the field of animal law will penetrate the academic law curriculum. This book is sure to provide it with a resounding boost. One can hope with new optimism that the ranks of practicing lawyers will become increasingly animal-savvy in the coming years, and that the lot of animals will be made better by it.

Jonathan Balcombe, Ph.D.
Associate Director for Education
Animal Research Issues
The Humane Society of the United States
Ph: 301-258-3046
Fx: 301-258-7760
http://www.hsus.org

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