Crimes against animality

Animal cruelty and criminal justice in a globalized world

Authored by: Deborah Cao

The Routledge Handbook of International Crime and Justice Studies

Print publication date:  August  2013
Online publication date:  August  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415781787
eBook ISBN: 9780203837146
Adobe ISBN: 9781136868504


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As has been rightly suggested, our treatment of non-human animals is a major unresolved problem of social justice in the world today (Nussbaum 2006). 1 Laws now exist in many countries in the world for the protection of animals against acts of cruelty with criminal sanctions. There is an emerging legal order regulating animal related matters in international and regional laws. Nevertheless, animal abuse seems to be on the increase and more widespread. As pointed out,

In a strange way, mankind does seem to be growing more sentimental about animals and also more ruthless. No age has ever been more solicitous to animals, more curious and caring. Yet no age has ever inflicted upon animals such massive punishments with such complete disregard.

(Scully 2002: x)

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