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Animals and the Law

Animals and the Law examines the unique role that animals play as living property in a legal system conceived by and for human beings. On the one hand, animals are things that we buy, eat, and use in experiments. On the other, they are beloved family companions. The book traces the history of laws dealing with animals, from the animal trials which began in the thirteenth century in Europe, through the development of anti-cruelty laws, to the present struggle to cope with the conflicting implications of biotechnology and other industrial uses for animals, and, indeed, artificially created living things. Throughout, the book critically evaluates the present legal status of animals and asks us to consider whether animals should be viewed as objects, as legal subjects, as legal persons, or as something else entirely.

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Lesli Bisgould

Lesli Bisgould has been a litigator in Ontario since 1992. She began in the field of civil litigation and then spent ten years in her own practice in animal rights law, the only practice of its kind in Canada. She has written and lectured widely on the subject of animal rights and the law and is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Law, where she instructs a seminar entitled "Introduction to Animals and the Law"; She has argued at every level of court and deputed at every level of government. In recent years, her full-time work has been in the fields of poverty and human rights law. She is currently the barrister at Legal Aid Ontario's Clinic Resource Office where she assists caseworkers at Ontario’s community legal clinics with their appeals. All the opinions expressed in this book are those of the author alone and not those of Legal Aid Ontario or of the University of Toronto.

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Overview of the general nature of problems faced by people seeking legal consideration of animals’ interests. 11 $1.10

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Historical overview of the status of animals in Western legal thought. 22 $2.20

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Overview of twentieth century thinking of the status of animals, including the development of the concept of animal rights. 18 $1.80

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Discussion of the development, interpretation, and attempted amendments of federal anti-cruelty laws in the Criminal law of Canada. 40 $4.00

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Overview of provincial agencies and legislation addressing the protection of animal welfare. 27 $2.70

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Discussion of legal problems arising from animals as companions to humans. 17 $1.70

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Overview of the modern agriculture industry, overview of animal life in the industry, and overview of legislation regulating the industry. 57 $5.70

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Examination of issues arising in the use of animals in experimentation and research. 33 $3.30

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Examination of federal and provincial laws regarding wildlife management and their effect on animals as individuals. 44 $4.40

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Argument for a need for legal change to address animal suffering and exploitation. 7 $0.70

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Glossary of terms related to animals and the law. 4 $0.40