A Worldview of Animal Law

Posted by Matthew Liebman, ALDF Staff Attorney on June 2, 2011

This week, two Animal Legal Defense Fund attorneys published a first-of-its-kind book, A Worldview of Animal Law, which analyzes legal protections for animals from a global perspective. Bruce Wagman, ALDF’s chief outside litigation counsel, and Matthew Liebman, ALDF staff attorney, spent hundreds of hours reviewing and analyzing laws from around the world on a variety of animal issues, including factory farming, wildlife protection, animal research, and international whaling. A Worldview of Animal Law explores how different countries approach animal law and how cultural attitudes influence the legal protections afforded to animals. Targeted to both the lay reader and the specialist in animal law, the book uses specific statutes and cases to show what assumptions and philosophies animate domestic, international, and transnational legal systems in their interactions with animals.

From the publisher’s description:

This is the first book of its kind — an exciting and illustrative survey of the way different countries and cultures treat animals under the law. Given the breadth and scope of the legal treatment of animals around the world, the book presents selected issues and laws in a text that is readable and helpful to a wide range of readers, including undergraduate and post-graduate courses in sociology, cultural anthropology, international law, animal law, and animals in society. The book is also accessible to readers not matriculating through formal coursework, and provides any reader with a solid understanding of the varied treatment and approaches taken by countries around the world in connection with animals used in every area.

A Worldview of Animal Law is split into subject areas tied to the different ways we interact with animals in society, with a focus on comparing the laws in different countries in the current era. Its format and wide coverage make it interesting for readers in any country who want to know about this area of the law, whether for personal, educational or professional reasons. Unlike many casebooks on the market, this is not a law school text, and not a comprehensive survey of one specific country’s laws; rather, it provides a more readable and wider view of the compelling issues that arise regarding the integration of animals into society.


One thought on “A Worldview of Animal Law

  1. Robb Smith says:

    Just recently I was on the MSNBC web site and they do a segment called “Pictures of the Week” and I saw a horrible picture of a man holding a club over the head of a small dog and the caption read that in Indonesia they buy dogs for $17.50 each and then kill them for their meat. In Indonesia dog meat is considered a cure for most skin diseases so they torture them to death and eat them.Is there anything we can do to stop this disgusting act against such precious lives ??