Animal Abuse Expert To Give Presentation at USC Upstate

November 11, 2010 at 8:32 am

Spartanburg, S.C. — Piers Beirne, Ph.D., professor of criminology and legal studies at the University of Southern Maine will give a talk titled “Confronting Animal Abuse” on Thursday, November 11, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. in the Campus Life Center Ballroom on the campus of the University of South Carolina Upstate. The talk is free and open to the public.

Beirne will discuss the sociology and criminology of animal abuse, including the early modern prosecution and capital punishment of animals in Europe, animal sexual assault (bestiality), and the problem of how to confront animal abuse.

Beirne is an international expert on animals, animal abuse, and the law, and has taught criminology and sociology in England and Ireland, as well as the United States. His published books include Issues in Green Criminology, The Chicago School of Criminology 1914-1945, Confronting Animal Abuse: Reflections on Law, Cruelty and Speciesism, and Criminology (2010). In 1997, Beirne was the founding co-editor of the journal Theoretical Criminology.

This lecture is sponsored by the Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice, and Women’s Studies at USC Upstate and made possible through partial funding from the Division of Student Affairs. Contact Dr. Clif Flynn with questions at (864) 503-5635 or