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In this objective, practical and authoritative introduction to animal law, the author examines the foundational concepts of the human-animal relationship and how those principles have, or have not, been translated into contemporary animal welfare law.
It 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.
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, the book combines science and ethics to provide an accessible introduction to the key principles of animal law and welfare.
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.