New Book on Evolving Legal Status of Pets

Final Cover (sans quote)Hi All,

Please excuse the self-promotion, but today marks the publication of my first book, Citizen Canine: Our Evolving Relationship with Cats and Dogs. The book is about how pets have become more like family, not only in our homes, but also in the eyes of the law. It covers a number of topics that would be of interest to the Animal Blawg community, including:

–The evolving legal status of cats and dogs in courtrooms and legislatures

–The rise of the animal law and animal protection movements

–The backlash against animal rights from the veterinary, scientific, and agriculture communities

Reviews have begun coming in, and they’ve been great so far:

“Well researched and also very personable, this book will make readers think as they look into the eyes of those furry beings that share their lives.” Booklist

“This engrossing, enjoyable, and well-researched title contributes positively to the literature on companion animals and belongs in all libraries.” Library Journal (starred review)

“Grimm’s most valuable contribution… is his reasoned and well-researched discussion of the pet “personhood” movement, particularly its legal implications for veterinarians, scientific research, and agriculture.” — Publishers Weekly

“Eye opening” — National Geographic

“A book of note” — The Toronto Star

I’ve also just had two very nice Q&As published, one in National Geographic and one in Wired.

The book is available on Amazon, Barnes&Noble, IndieBound, and bookstores everywhere. Please help me spread the word!

7 Responses

  1. Hi David – Love the book. Please contact me at the address below. Thanks, Amy

  2. Thanks Amy! I don’t see your address. Feel free to email me here

  3. Can’t wait to read your book!

  4. I may read the book. Right now I am seriously grieved that my former vet and another younger vet, both killed my cat because of lies about myself and because my first vet did not like my disabled manx/mix who was not as disabled as many pets I have since seen and followed on Facebook. Until the animals owners are given respect that the pet is their own and not the veterinarians to do with what they please we will always have this problem, being slaves to veterinarians to do the right thing. I live in Montana and this state treats domestic animals almost like wildlife…which is not fair, and god forbid should anyone have the sick minded veterinarian’s I had who really did not care about my cats genetic predisposition to inflammation and used that instead to scam me and to kill her. They knew I could not get an attorney because attorney’s in this state act like mafia cartel and cover up for each other and their clients. I have always considered my animals equal to my children, always getting check ups, tagging them if partly outdoors, and I never once even thinking back thought of any reason not to trust a veterinarian until these last two whom I would never trust ever again and hope others do not trust them either, because they are practiced liars and know how to wiggle out of their wrongs effectively. Terrible.

  5. I am on and I have written the story of what happened to my sweet soul Lola Tracy, my manx/mix and I will never forget and I hope they all never win again against anyone else.

  6. Reblogged this on naturestage.

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