This book analyses the animal images used in William Hogarth's art, demonstrating how animals were variously depicted as hybrids, edibles, companions, emblems of satire and objects of cruelty. Beirne offers an important assessment of how Hogarth's various audiences reacted to his gruesome images and ultimately what was meant by 'cruelty'.
Piers Beirne is Professor of Sociology and Legal Studies at the University of Southern Maine. He is the author of Inventing Criminology (1993) and Confronting Animal Abuse (2009) and the recipient of several awards and fellowships in England, Ireland and the United States. He is the founding co-editor of the journal Theoretical Criminology.