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Animals, Welfare and the Law

Fundamental Principles for Critical Assessment, 1st Edition

By Ian A. Robertson


288 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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In this objective, practical and authoritative introductory text the author reveals how the fundamental principles of the human-animal relationship drive the development of animal law.

The book explains the criteria by which the lawful use of animals is determined, and how these criteria impact evolving standards of animal protection and define the responsibilities of people in their interactions with animals. The author identifies 29 key principles which constitute the core knowledge necessary for people involved in debating, assessing, and guiding the evolution of society’s national and international rulebook of animal welfare law. The book also considers animal welfare and law in the context of a global market through discussion of common issues such as climate change, biosecurity, food safety and food supply.

Based on successful law courses run by the author and his own expertise as an animal law lecturer, prosecutor and specialist legal adviser, the book combines insights from science, ethics and law to provide an essential understanding of what informs society and the law with regards to animals and their welfare.

Table of Contents

29 Fundamental Principles of Animal Welfare Law

1. Introduction

Part 1: Animal Welfare and the Need for a Critical Perspective

2. What’s So Important about Animal Welfare?

3. The Need for Critical Assessment rather than Emotional Reaction

Part 2: The Foundational Principles of Animal Welfare Law

4. Religion and Reaction: the Foundation of Animal Welfare Law

5. National Law: the Public’s Voice of What is Acceptable

6. International Law is International "Persuasion"

Part 3: Putting the Principles and Law into Practice

7. Critically Assessing the Use of Animals in Research

8. Critically Assessing the Use of Animals in Agriculture

9. The Continuing Journey of Animal Welfare and Law

About the Author

Ian A. Robertson has the unusual distinction of being both a qualified veterinarian and a barrister (Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand), who has combined his training and experience to become an internationally recognised legal specialist on the subject of animals and the law. Ian undertakes a wide variety of national and international teaching, advising and litigating on the subject of animal welfare and related areas of biosecurity, food safety, fisheries and trade.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / General
MEDICAL / Veterinary Medicine / General
NATURE / Animal Rights