Beyond Cages: Animal Law and Criminal Punishment

This critique of the prevailing view within the animal protection movement regarding the need for more attention from the criminal justice system regarding crimes against animals and more severe interventions against abusers asserts 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 both by eliding systemic solutions and undermining the ethos of the animal protection movement for increased empathy and resistance to social oppression.

A Theory of Justice for Animals: Animal Rights in a Nonideal World

A political scientist who has written prolifically about animals argues here that our thinking about the proper way to treat animals should be rooted in concepts of justice. While acknowledging that there are many steps from where we are to where we should be in our treatment of animals, Garner argues for the concept of animal rights, including the right not suffer at the hands of humans.

Animals, Property and the Law

A seminal work, which was followed by a number of other influential books by the same author on related subjects, examining the effect of the legal categorization of animals as property and including discussion of the history of human treatment of animals, anticruelty statutes, vivisection, the Federal Animal Welfare Act and specific legal cases that have demonstrated the law’s structural defects.

Zoopolis: A Political Theory of Animal Rights

Political theory is the grounding for this analysis of the obligations that arise from the varied ways that animals relate to human societies and institutions. The authors assert that, since different types of animals, i.e., domesticated animals, wilderness animals and “liminal” animals, stand in different relationships to human political communities, humans bear different obligations to them, albeit that all are owed respect for basic inviolable rights.