Special Issue "Pets, People and Policies"

A special issue of Animals (ISSN 2076-2615).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Clifford Warwick
Guest Editor
Emergent Disease Foundation, Suite 114, 80 Churchill Square Business Centre, Kings Hill, Kent ME19 4YU, UK
Interests: Exotic pets; Domesticated pets; Animal welfare; Species conservation; Ecological conservation; Public health and safety; Amelioratory policy

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Several key issues, including animal welfare, species conservation, public health and safety, ecological conservation, education, and related policies are relevant to the supply and keeping of domesticated and exotic pets. Divisions of these issues may include: the general suitability or unsuitability of species and individuals to captivity; biological and husbandry needs; production, handling, storage and transportation methods; diversity of species or types traded and kept; population control; sustainability of wild collection; invasive species; human health benefits of pet ownership; human-zoonotic infection; antimicrobial resistance; human-injuries; positive and negative educational outcomes; governmental and nongovernmental policies on regulating, monitoring and controlling all aspects of pet trading and keeping.

This Special Issue welcomes original contributions that relate to any key or divisional aspect, provided that submissions include a subject summary review and that the primary focus, conclusions or recommendations consider approaches that are potentially amelioratory towards problematic situations; example amelioratory approaches include education, voluntary agreements, legal frameworks, policy structure or other concepts or principles for the improvement of any recognised issue. Accordingly, the focus of this series will be novel concepts and principles for ‘problem solving’ in all key areas of interest.

Dr. Clifford Warwick
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Animals is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Domesticated pets
  • Exotic pets
  • Animal welfare
  • Species conservation
  • Ecological conservation
  • Public health and safety
  • Amelioratory policy

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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