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Our latest book in the HAS Book Series has just arrived!

Fish, Justice, and Society

by Carmen Cusack

Fish, Justice, and Society is an in-depth look into the fishing industry, fish, and aquatic environments. This book delves past the façade of what may be known by the average fisherman, bringing to the surface new information about numerous species and aquatic habitats. It is the most comprehensive book on the subject of fish, law, and human behavior. It is a standalone work, but complements Cusack’s Fish in the Bible (2017). It is a treatise on the subject of animal law while also serving the common fisherman information on compliance issues.

From the Introduction:

Fish, Justice, and Society explains intersections between law, culture, tradition, ancient practices, and science. This book also defines “crime” in terms of cruelty, feminism, and other philosophical bases. These analyses suggest that cruelty is a discrete topic defined by codes and cases, and demonstrate that the topic of cruelty can be more expansive. Treaties and laws could prohibit a greater number of actions based on philosophical premises in addition to those already undergirding law and customs. This book examines fish as an ancient crux of human civilization and shows how humanity, including family life and sexuality, has absorbed the preeminence of fish. “Ancient” civilization is defined by mainstream society in Biblical terms (Amadeus, 2016; Cusack, 2017). Though history and prehistory preceded these eras, such as Middle Bronze ii, Iron i and ii, Hellenistic periods, and the Achaemenid period, Biblical scriptures have informed and shaped modern society’s perception and treatment of fish unlike other influences and sources. It demonstrates how aquaculture and fishing have been central foci within human civilization and exposes the power that they continue to have over contemporary humans’ treatment of and interactions with marine life (, n.d.; Barnes, 2000; Laskow, 2016; Lewis, n.d.; Magra, 2006; Magra, 2012; Nash, 2003; Penobscot Marine Museum, n.d.; Revolutionary War 101, n.d.; Smith, 2015). Religious interest in fish is a powerful influence and motivator throughout the world. Secularized societies continue to embrace religious philosophies formulated, in part, to maintain ecologically balanced relationships with fish. International, federal, and state fish and wildlife agencies rely on philosophical principles to formulate and enforce laws binding humans and animals. Although animals are not subject to the law, they may be controlled in their actions and regeneration.

Carmen M. Cusack, J.D. (2010), Florida International University, Ph.D. (2013), Nova Southeastern University, is an animal welfarist, who has clerked for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and served other organizations to help animals. Her books include Fish in the Bible (2017), Animals and Criminal Justice (2015), Animals, Deviance, and Sex (2015), and Laws, Policies, Attitudes and Processes that Shape the Lives of Puppies in America (2016).

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