Public Investment in Animal Protection Work: Data from Manitoba, Canada
Department of Labour Studies, Brock University, St. Catharines, ON L2S 3A1, Canada
Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Carleton University, Ottawa ON K1S 5B6, Canada
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Received: 7 February 2020 / Revised: 26 February 2020 / Accepted: 13 March 2020 / Published: 19 March 2020
This paper explains how animal protection work is organized and undertaken in Manitoba, Canada. In most Canadian provinces (and countries of the Commonwealth), responsibility for investigations into crimes against animals has been assigned to charities reliant on donations and fundraising. Manitoba is one of the only provinces in Canada to use public money to fund animal cruelty investigations. However, there is no scholarly research on Manitoba’s model. This paper offers the first examination of Manitoba’s publicly funded animal protection model. It explains the organizational structure and investigations process, then identifies strengths and areas for improvement.