Piers Beirne with Ian O’Donnell and Janine Janssen: Murdering Animals: Writings on Theriocide, Homicide and Nonspeciesist Criminology

Palgrave Macmillan, London, 2018, 225 pp, ISBN: 978-1-137-57467-1
  • Amy FitzgeraldEmail author
Book Review

In the mid-1980s, Morrissey and his band, The Smiths, released an album and title track called Meat Is Murder. Therein, the band challenged listeners to consider the consumption of non-human animal flesh as analogous to the unjustifiable killing of humans, melodically repeating the line, “death for no reason is murder.” Although the song and album topped the UK charts, aside from some animal advocates who adopted the title as a slogan, the notion that animals could be murdered in any legal sense received scant academic attention until the publication of the book Murdering Animals: Writings on Theriocide, Homicide and Nonspeciesist Criminology. In it, Piers Beirne, along with contributors, Ian O’Connell and Janine Janssen, excavate the complexities behind the seemingly simplistic claim that killing non-human animals is and should be called murder, and describe a potential path to one day recognizing the killing of at least some non-human animals as such.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of WindsorWindsorCanada

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