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Introduction: animal law in a nutshell


Peters,  Anne
Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Max Planck Society;

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Peters, A. (2020). Introduction: animal law in a nutshell. In A. Peters (Ed.), Studies in Global Animal Law (pp. 1-13). Berlin; Heidelberg: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-662-60756-5_1.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-000C-1D2B-5
The introduction explains key concepts and methods. It defines global animal law as the sum of legal rules and principles governing the interactions between humans and other animals, on a domestic, local, regional, and international level. Global animal law reacts to the mismatch between almost exclusively national animal-related legislation on the one hand, and the global dimension of the animal issue on the other hand. The merely national regulation of animal welfare within the states’ boundaries runs aloof in the face of globalisation. This gives rise to an animal welfare gap. Moreover, animal use creates global problems ranging from climate and soil degradation over antimicrobial resistance to food insecurity. This requires a global law response. The introduction also gives a brief overview over the book and its main findings.