dA. Derecho Animal (Forum of Animal Law Studies)
The greatest humanitarian crisis that our civilization has been suffering for a long time is due to the relation that we, as a society, maintain with the rest of the animal species. Boasting of a rational and moral superiority, the truth is that there are numerous antithetical cases that show that we do not know how to use our capacities when it comes to coexisting with animals. It is enough to take a look at our legal and ethical environment to realize that several situations can be extrapolated to other cultures and communities.
In the first issue of Volume 12, the first of this year, we present in the journal a series of articles, studies and analyses that reflect all this. The authors Gisele Kronhardt Scheffer, Leandro Ayres França and André Felipe da Silva Guedes show us in " Animal abuse: Profile of the offender, typology of violence and forms of control" (DOI: https://doi.org/10.5565/rev/da.515) an in-depth analysis of the probable causes that lead humans to become oppressors of other species, based on a series of verified data from Brazil. Also, going a step further, they propose a series of solutions to the situations raised.
Following this human-oppressor line, Angel Daen Morales Garcia (lawyer) and Jonatan Job Morales Garcia (biologist) jointly analyze and denounce in "A diachronic genealogy of the human-jaguar conflict" (DOI: https://doi.org/10.5565/rev/da.557) the asymmetrical relationship that reflects a systematized annihilation and the processes of reification of this feline in the social world. For his part, the historical devastation of this animal from said human superiority and the need for a new conservation paradigm is expressed by Jonatan Job Morales Garcia in his article "The devastation of the jaguar in the capital” (DOI: https://doi.org/10.5565/rev/da.553).
In a somewhat hopeful turn for animals, in this issue of the magazine we find a brief study entitled " The Animal Movement in Costa Rica and the struggle for the law to penalize animal abuse: opportunities and symbolic representations" (DOI: https://doi.org/10.5565/rev/da.511) in which political scientist Luis Diego Vega Rojas analyzes this movement based on a bibliographic recovery and semi-open interviews with activists for the criminalization of animal abuse in the country.
This journal’s issue is complemented by an in-depth "Analysis of the animal abuse crime (art. 337 CP)" (DOI: https://doi.org/10.5565/rev/da.519) where Miguel Boiso Cuenca analyses all the elements that compose it, both the basic type and the aggravated, qualified and attenuated, from a critical and analytical position. This jurist determines that the wording of the article leaves unresolved certain interpretative questions.
As a colophon to this great issue, Laure Gisie publishes a "Legal commentary on Law 7/2020, of August 31, on the Welfare, Protection and Defense of the Animals of Castilla-La Mancha" (DOI: https://doi.org/10.5565/rev/da.556). Together with her, José Ignacio Binfa Álvarez offers a legal analysis " On heatstroke in “hot cars” as assault against non-human animals, regarding two criminal cases in Chile" (DOI: https://doi.org/10.5565/rev/da.559). He analyses the human conduct of leaving animals inside a vehicle in hot weather conditions when their lives are endangered.
From the different departments of the journal, we would like to thank all the professionals who have made this edition possible, included the team of the Advisory Board, the Editorial Board, as well as each member of the Editorial Team (Raffaela Cersosimo, Melanie Montenegro Pérez, Miryam Olivera Oliva, Javier Rosagro, Oliver Wookey, Krizia Said Castagno and the layout editor Andrés Montilla), led by the founder and editor-in-chief, Professor Marita Giménez-Candela.