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Confronting Animal Abuse
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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

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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.

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Beirne, who originated the non-speciesist approach to criminology and is a leading exponent of green criminology, brings together for the first time his main themes and research interests within one text. As the originator of this approach, this book will further establish Beirne's reputation as the leading scholar of non-speciesist criminology. The originality in identifying a serious problem in traditional analyses of human-nonhuman relations is a major contribution to the field. -- Roger Yates, University College Dublin
Piers Beirne has the knack of asking questions that are sometimes uncomfortable, occasionally confronting, yet always thought provoking and considerate. This book takes us on a fascinating and highly informative journey into the contentious world of animal cruelty and human specieism. It not only challenges how we look at the issues, but also raises concerns about how we ought to respond to them at a practical level as well. It is a must read. -- Rob White, University of Tasmania, Australia
Piers Beirne's Confronting Animal Abuse will inform and direct all aspects of sociological research for decades to come-a book not for specialists only, but for anyone interested in understanding the past history and future prospects of animal protection. -- Tom Regan, North Carolina State University * Empty Cages: Facing The Challenge Of Animal Rights *
In this welcome and thought-provoking book, Piers Beirne brings together evidence and debate to consider various contradictions in humanity's relationship with other species, the politics and principles of animal rights and animal welfare, and links between inter-human violence and abuse of animals. This scholarly review will quickly establish itself as the key reference point for anyone wishing to engage with these highly complex matters. -- Nigel South, University of Essex
Beirne brilliantly demonstrates how concern about animal abuse is primarily motivated by human self-interest. He attends to the tension between suggesting that the criminal justice system take animal abuse more seriously on the one hand and adding to the already immense criminalized and marginalized populations on the other. Beirne shows that criminology needs to confront these issues and that criminologists cannot simply accept anthropocentric definitions of what constitutes harm and crime. -- Amy J. Fitzgerald, University of Windsor

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