Beyond Cages: Animal Law and Criminal Punishment

Beyond Cages: Animal Law and Criminal Punishment

by Justin Marceau
Beyond Cages: Animal Law and Criminal Punishment

Beyond Cages: Animal Law and Criminal Punishment

by Justin Marceau


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For all the diversity of views within the animal protection movement, there is a surprising consensus about the need for more severe criminal justice interventions against animal abusers. More prosecutions and longer sentences, it is argued, will advance the status of animals in law and society. Breaking from this mold, Professor Justin Marceau demonstrates that a focus on 'carceral animal law' puts the animal rights movement at odds with other social justice movements, and may be bad for humans and animals alike. Animal protection efforts need to move beyond cages and towards systemic solutions if the movement hopes to be true to its own defining ethos of increased empathy and resistance to social oppression. Providing new insights into how the lessons of criminal justice reform should be imported into the animal abuse context, Beyond Cages is a valuable contribution to the literature on animal welfare and animal rights law.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781108405454
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 04/11/2019
Pages: 298
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Justin Marceau is Professor and Animal Legal Defense Fund Professor of Law at the University of Denver. He has been retained as an expert witness in the fields of criminal law and animal law, and has published leading articles in both disciplines. He is the inaugural chair of the Scholars Committee for the Brooks Institute for Animal Rights Law and Policy, and the current chair of the Animal Law Section of the American Association of Law Schools (AALS).

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. Incarcerating humans as a salient feature of animal protection; 3. Context: an overview of the mass criminalization problem; 4. A descriptive account and typology of the carceral animal law system; 5. Specific critiques of the carceral turn in animal protection; 6. Race, mass-criminalization and animal law; 7. Punishment and the 'Link' between animal abuse and human violence; 8. Anticipating challenges to the critique of carceral animal law; 9. Conclusion: towards a new research and advocacy agenda for animal protection.
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