Most of my policy related activities at the moment are in the area of migration and multiculturalism, but I am also managing some activity in the area of animal rights and welfare.
As the blurb on the back cover notes
The original laws protecting animals from human mistreatment arose from community concern in the 19th century, and today community expectations are even higher. Most Australians and New Zealanders assume that their animal welfare laws still provide sufficient protection for animals, that cruelty is the exception and that, when exposed, the perpetrators are prosecuted. They are wrong on all counts.
One of the book’s editors, Peter Sarkoff from the Law Faculty at the University of Auckland, closes the book with an aptly named chapter entitled “Animal Law: A Subject In Search of Scholarship.” This reflects the growing significance and developing jurisprudence on the way animals are treated by the law, including whether and what rights may be present, but the relative lack of attention which has been paid to this to date.
The book obviously seeks to play a role in helping to remedy this. It is aimed at law students but is also suitable for activists with an interest in animal rights. Every chapter in the book is written by legal practitioners or academics, with the exception of mine which takes a look at the way animal rights is perceived at the political level (not surprisingly, it’s not an overly positive assessment).
(I’m not entitled to any royalties out of this book (as far as I know), so I don’t suppose I have much of a conflict of interest in mentioning it. In any case, my personal interest is fairly obvious in this case.)