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Public Investment in Animal Protection Work: Data from Manitoba, Canada

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Department of Labour Studies, Brock University, St. Catharines, ON L2S 3A1, Canada
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Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Carleton University, Ottawa ON K1S 5B6, Canada
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Animals 2020, 10(3), 516; https://doi.org/10.3390/ani10030516
Received: 7 February 2020 / Revised: 26 February 2020 / Accepted: 13 March 2020 / Published: 19 March 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Legal Aspects of the Human-Animal Relationship)
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.
There is a dearth of research on animal cruelty investigations policy and work, despite its importance for protecting animals from illegal forms of cruelty. This study provides baseline data about the approach used in Manitoba, one of the only Canadian provinces where animal protection is publicly funded. By integrating statistical and qualitative data collected through interviews with key informants, this paper elucidates how animal cruelty investigations are organized and undertaken in the province. Although animal protection in Manitoba is publicly funded, the workforce responsible for undertaking investigations is a cross-section of public and private actors with different occupational classifications and working conditions. View Full-Text
Keywords: animal welfare; animal cruelty; animal abuse; animal protection; animals in public policy; animal ethics; humane law enforcement; humane jobs; animals and society; animals and law animal welfare; animal cruelty; animal abuse; animal protection; animals in public policy; animal ethics; humane law enforcement; humane jobs; animals and society; animals and law
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Coulter, K.; Campbell, B. Public Investment in Animal Protection Work: Data from Manitoba, Canada. Animals 2020, 10, 516.

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