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Noel Sweeney has been a practising barrister for over 25 years. He specialises in criminal law and human rights and animal law. He has been a lecturer on all areas of law to business students up to degree level and teaching the Human Rights Act. He is particularly qualified to write Dogs of Law because of his long-standing involvement in researching and writing and lecturing on all aspects of animal welfare and animal rights. In relation to animal law specifically he has covered many unusual areas of animal law which as a result of being a practitioner allows him an insight to the legal aspects that may not be considered by others. So in that context he speaks as he writes: with an informed and authoritative voice. The areas he has researched and lectured and written on include: dangerous dogs and dangerous people; the problem of identification of animals in a criminal trial; the forensic analysis of animals in relation to a crime committed on them or by their owners or other miscreants; the connexion between racism and sexism and speciesism. Rest assured if it is an issue to be faced it will be analysed with a gimlet eye by the author. For his scalpel pen will unearth the legal position between us and our Darwinian cousins and criticise it wherever it is found to be wanting. Noel Sweeney is one of the foremost animal law advocates in the country. His experience and knowledge of the subject has resulted in the seminal work on criminal law and animal welfare and rights: Dogs of Law.