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Abstract

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As an animal law teacher, I am often asked ‘what is animal law?’ I usually respond by firstly pointing out that animal law is, in fact, concerned with the behaviour of humans as much as it is concerned with animals. A student studying animal law is introduced to a range of practical and theoretical perspectives on the way in which humans interact with, and think about, animals. The central focus is legal regulation and the ethical dimensions of animal welfare and rights. The animal law journey takes place upon a windy road, with many twist and turns. Assumptions regarding the moral worthiness of animals are questioned. Ideas of human dominance are challenged. And proposals for legal reform are encouraged.



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