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Invisible Animal Abuse and Human Interpersonal Violence in Canada: An Anthrozoological Perspective on Policy, Legislation and the Need for Cross-sector Reporting

By Adriana Pisano Beaumont

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Abstract

In the last decade, research evidence has increasingly demonstrated a co-occurrence of human interpersonal violence and abusive behaviour toward nonhuman animals although the actual nature of this intersection continues to remain controversial. While livestock and wildlife can also become victims, more often the abuse is directed at a family pet whose ‘owners’ view them as members of the family, forming strong emotional attachments with them and grieving their loss when they die. Whether we view animal abuse as a harbinger or a red flag, a discussion about the protection of other animals from abuse must include a critical examination of how to identify and assess situations in which they are vulnerable to neglect or violence. Intervention can be facilitated through cross-sector reporting between agencies whose professionals routinely encounter animal abuse that accompanies other forms of violence. Such a dialogue must also include a review of public policy and legislation that seeks to protect the most vulnerable members of our society, both human and nonhuman. 

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Katie Carroll

Date 2015
Publication Title Animalia
Volume 1
Issue 1
Pages 1-22
Publisher Canisius College
URL https://www.animaliajournal.org/_files/ugd/c128e1_c0924c4941614dd69c306b3d7b049359.pdf
Language English
Additional Language English
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  1. Abuse
  2. Animal abuse
  3. Animal roles
  4. Animal welfare
  5. Anthrozoology
  6. Canada
  7. Cats
  8. Dogs
  9. Domestic violence
  10. Legislation
  11. Mammals
  12. open access
  13. Pet ownership
  14. Pets and companion animals
  15. Policy and Planning
  16. Violence
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