Dr Deborah Cao is a professor at Griffith University, Australia. She is a linguist, legal scholar and animal advocate. Apart from writing about animal law in Australia and other Western countries, in recent years she has been writing and introducing Western animal law to Chinese readers and Chinese animal protection and philosophical and cultural issues related to animals to Western readers.
For the past ten years or so, she has also been working to advance the legislative efforts for animal protection in China. In the areas of animal studies, her books include Animals Are Not Things (in Chinese, 2007), Animal Law in Australia and New Zealand (Thomson Reuters, 2010), While the Dog Gently Weeps (in Chinese, 2010), Animal Law in Australia (2nd ed. Thomson Reuters, 2015), Animals in China: Law and Society (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). She has also edited Animal Law and Welfare - International Perspectives (Springer, 2016) and Scientific Perspectives to Farm Animal Welfare (in Chinese, 2018).