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Laws, Policies, Attitudes and Processes that Shape the Lives of Puppies in America

Assessing Society’s Needs, Desires, Values and Morals

Carmen M. Cusack holds a BA with Honors and a JD from Florida International University, and a PhD in Criminal Justice specializing in Behavioral Science from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Cusack’s professional experience, published research, and firsthand studies on animals, sexuality, activism, social science, families, politics, law, and justice, and other topics are discussed throughout the text. She is the Editor of Journal of Law and Social Deviance.


Puppies – nubile, tender, and pure – have become endeared to U.S. society, and to some extent, the world. Puppies are the holy grail of animal companions to Americans. They are glorified above other animals and protected by numerous laws, yet they are systematically, lawfully, and illegally abused, tortured, and killed. A vast array of opinions, policies, protocols, rules, regulations, and laws govern treatment or mistreatment of puppies demonstrating that appreciation for puppies is neither ubiquitous, nor superseding. Puppies may be subjected to painful product testing in the U.S., but not in Europe, despite their glorified status above other animals. This book details the myriad of laws, policies, attitudes, misfortunes, and processes shaping puppies’ lives in America.

Specialized topics such as Bestiality, Child Grooming, Pornography, Film, Mythology, and Art are addressed to build an argument that overall, treatment of puppies in the U.S. reflects priorities, needs, values, and morals which are contextually based on human desires, capabilities, survival mechanisms, altruism, American family life, and the economy. The randomized yet selective treatment of puppies typifies American culture, and to some extent other cultures, at least in the American purview. The author analyzes physiological comparisons between humans and dogs to discover why Americans may be so interested in puppies. The foundations of this research are law, social and behavioral science, policies, history, politics, animal studies, animal welfare, criminal justice, sociology, anthropology, and current events.


Hardback ISBN: 978-1-84519-780-3
Hardback Price: £44.95 / $59.95
Release Date: April/May 2016
   
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-84519-781-0
Paperback Price: £25.00 / $34.95
Release Date: April/May 2016
   
Page Extent / Format: 224 pp. / 229 x 152 mm
Illustrated: Yes
   

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Chapter One: Art
Music
Film
Mythology
Puppy-shaped Art
Literature

Chapter Two: Transportation
Automobiles
Airplanes
Trains
Bicycles
Space Race
Watercrafts and Ports

Chapter Three: Wild and Exotic Animals
Predation and Territory
Pups
Symbiosis

Chapter Four: Killing
Breach of Community Trust
Neighbors
Child Callousness
Self-Defense
Crush Pornography

Chapter Five: Puppy Fur
U.S. Laws
Dog Fur in Asia and Europe
Animal Fur and Hair Fibers

Chapter Six: Property
Income
Theft
Family Law
Personhood
Smuggling
Euthanasia
Estate and Trust
Puppy Mills
Corporations
Breeding
Torts

Chapter Seven: Fear and Neurosis
Puppy Training
Phobias of Puppies
Neurotic Puppies

Chapter Eight: Drugs
Intoxication
Smuggling Drugs
Animal Testing
Drug Dealing

Chapter Nine: Babies and Puppies
Development
Estrus
Puppies Not Babies
Puppy Pregnancy
Parental Instincts

Chapter Ten: Food
Chocolate
Breastfeeding
Peanuts

Chapter Eleven: Technology
Tools and Entertainment
Medical Devices
Loss and Abduction

Chapter Twelve: Pups in Criminal Justice
Prison Programs
Prison Hunting Dogs
Courthouse Dogs
Grooming

Chapter Thirteen: Civilization and Society
Antiquity
Civilization and Human Society
Politics

Chapter Fourteen: Comparative
Europe
Africa and Australia
Asia
Latin America

Conclusion

Bibliography
Index


Cusack presents readers with a comprehensive examination of the contemporary fascination in the United States with dogs as companion animals. The author covers dog grooming; dogs and bestiality and pornography; dogs in film, mythology, and art to make the argument that the treatment of dogs in the U.S reflects priorities, needs, values, and morals of American society which are contextually based. Cusack is a consultant, the editor of Journal of Law and Social Deviance, and the author of many books.
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