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.
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
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
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