Animal protection: Organizational constraints and collaborative opportunities

  • Kendra Coulter Department of Labour Studies, Brock University, St. Catharines, ON, Canada
  • Bridget Nicholls Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology, University of Windsor, Windsor, ON, Canada
  • Amy Fitzgerald Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology, University of Windsor, Windsor, ON, Canada
Keywords: animal abuse, animal cruelty, animal organizations, the human-animal violence link, law enforcement, veterinary forensics

Abstract

This paper examines the landscape of animal cruelty investigations in Canada. Building on six years of mixed-methods research, we first outline the enforcement organizations and investigations process. Then we identify three challenges for jurisdictions across the country: the unevenness of forensic veterinary expertise, differing levels of Crown awareness and engagement, and relative availability of community-based programs and services to solve problems and prevent harm. We argue that further development of all three areas, including through strengthened multi-sector collaboration, will increase the effectiveness of animal protection, better protect vulnerable people, and augment public safety.

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Published
2022-03-17
How to Cite
CoulterK., NichollsB., & FitzgeraldA. (2022). Animal protection: Organizational constraints and collaborative opportunities. Journal of Community Safety and Well-Being, 7(1), 16-19. https://doi.org/10.35502/jcswb.237
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Original Research