Review: Guilty Pigs examines the awkward juxtaposition of animals and the law, with often amusing results

By David Ferrell
March 4 2022 - 1:00pm
  • Guilty Pigs: The Weird and Wonderful History of Animal Law, by Katy Barnett and Jeremy Gans. La Trobe University Press, $34.99.

How does the law deal with animals? Not quite property, but not sustainable as independent persons for the purposes of the law, animals are nevertheless enmeshed in human affairs as companions, tools, obstacles, and hazards. Animals too, find themselves surrounded by the human world. From the 69 billion chickens slaughtered annually to colourful sea-creatures choking on plastic bags - what avenues do they have for complaint?