Confronting Animal Abuse presents a powerful examination of the human-animal relationship and the laws designed to protect it. Piers Beirne explores the heated topic of animal abuse in agriculture, science, and sport, as well as the potential for animal assault to lead to inter-human violence. He convincingly shows how from its roots in the Irish plow-fields of 1635 through today, animal-rights legislation has been primarily shaped by human interest and why we must reconsider the terms of human-animal relationships. To confront animal abuse, the book argues, attention must be paid not only to one-on-one cases of animal cruelty, but also to those far more numerous institutionalized harms where animal abuse often defined as socially acceptable.
Piers Beirne is professor of sociology and legal studies at the University of Southern Maine. He is recognized as a leading scholar in the emerging field of green criminology.
Introduction Chapter 1 Against Cruelty? The Act Against Plowing by the Tayle Chapter 2 The Prosecution of Animal Cruelty in Puritan Massachusetts, 1636-1683 Chapter 3 Towards a Sociology of Animal Sexual Assault Chapter 4 Horse Maiming and the Sport of Kings Chapter 5 Is There a Progression from Animal Abuse to Interhuman Violence? Epilogue