03 January 2012

Book review: 'Careers In Animal Law' by Yolanda Eisenstein

There have been many times since I began my work in animal advocacy and activism that I have thought, “Man, I should have been a lawyer.” I guess I figure that if I had a law degree then I could put my knowledge and experience into lobbying for animal rights, and drafting proposals to be read by local lawmakers. I could be on the front lines of fighting the good fight, the one that overturns a law that deems a living, breathing animal property. But alas, I am just an activist with a MFA, who hopes her words may reach the heart of some judge who has the power to change all that.

Thankfully for me, and for the animals, there are many people who have had the same thought, and they actually acted upon it. For them, and all who follow, Yolanda Eisenstein had written a wonderfully comprehensive book, Careers In Animal Law, Welfare, Protection, and Advocacy, that in actuality can be used more as a manual for those delving into careers in animal law.

Noted as one of the fastest growing legal disciplines, animal law is concerned with protecting and improving the lives of animals through a number of different legal means. Eisenstein does a stellar job in her explanations and illustrations of the many options one interested in pursuing animal law may be offered.

In her well-researched, informational and educational approach, she has laid the groundwork for anyone interested in learning more about this specialty, as well as for those of us who do not practice law, but are strongly benefited by knowing and understanding the laws.

Anyone in animal advocacy would benefit from reading this book, especially those who are compelled and able to take their advocacy to the next level.

Erica Settino | Twitter | Facebook | Website
New York Erica is the founder and executive director of the non-profit organization, Karuna For Animals: Compassion In Action, Inc. A long time vegetarian turned passionate vegan, she works tirelessly to educate others on the countless benefits of adopting a vegan diet. She currently holds a BS in Psychology with a concentration in Animal Behavior and an MFA in Creative Writing. Along with her work in animal advocacy, Erica works as an editorial assistant, freelance writer, certified and registered yoga instructor, nutritional counselor and health coach. She lives with her veg husband and their four rescued animal companions.

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