Summary: This is the second edition of the premier casebook on animal law, a rapidly developing field that is simultaneously increasing its presence in the public eye. Animal law is, in its simplest (and broadest) sense, a combination of statutory and decisional law in which the nature--legal, social or biological--of nonhuman animals is an important factor.
As in the first edition, animal law as presented in this book is not synonymous with "animal rights" ...show more; or with any particular political, moral, or ethical agenda. Rather, it is an objective and logical specialization of a challenging area--one with a growing number of cases and statutes; increasing public and practical interest; and significantly different historical, legal, and philosophical foundations than most other areas of law.
Because animal law is not a traditional legal field, most of the book's chapters are framed in terms of familiar subsets of the law such as tort, contract, criminal and constitutional law. Each chapter sets out cases and commentary where animal law affects those broader areas. In the second edition, authors Waisman, Wagman, and Frasch have updated the text and several chapters have been reorganized and revised to provide an even greater clarity of direction and organization for the reader than in the first edition. ...show less