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Practical veterinary forensics.

Book cover for Practical veterinary forensics.


The book serves as a reference for the reader to appreciate the current workload of a forensic vet and to provide an insight into the scale and complexity of the specialism that is veterinary forensics. Topics discussed are: introduction to veterinary forensics; forensic philosophy; law and animals; forensic science and applications to One Health; evidence collection and gathering about the living...


Chapter 3 (Page no: 24)

Law and animals.

Law, ethics and science are intricately linked in the debate surrounding the legal status of domestic and captive animals. This chapter discusses the challenges to the legal status of domestic and captive animals and highlights the concept of unnecessary suffering. The recent appearance and growth of legal challenges in the courts, both direct and indirect, to the property status of domestic and captive animals suggests that it is time for the law to respond and adapt to the developments in science and philosophy.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 1) Introduction - What is veterinary forensics? Author(s): Bailey, D.
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 12) Forensic philosophy. Author(s): Harrison, K. Bailey, D.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 35) Forensic science and applications to One Health. Author(s): Reeve-Johnson, L. Bailey, D.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 50) Evidence collection and gathering: the living evidence. Author(s): Bailey, D.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 62) Forensic examination of animal hair. Author(s): Gwinnett, C.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 81) Firearms and ballistics. Author(s): Bolton-King, R. Schulze, J.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 118) Blood and blood pattern analysis. Author(s): Bailey, D.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 134) Understanding the nature of document evidence. Author(s): Kalantzis, N.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 146) Forensic toxicology. Author(s): Rogers, E.
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 159) Bitemark analysis. Author(s): Bailey, D. Hamilton-Ible, J. Leicester, L. MacLeod, L. Wharton, A.
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 175) Report writing. Author(s): Bailey, D.
Chapter: 13 (Page no: 189) The human-animal interaction. Author(s): Swan, P.

Chapter details

  • Author Affiliation
  • Northumbria Law School, Northumbria University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK.
  • Year of Publication
  • 2016
  • ISBN
  • 9781780642949
  • Record Number
  • 20163206695