Special Issue "Urban Animal Welfare Policies and Practices"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2021) | Viewed by 39211
Interests: urban politics and public policy; economic development; animal welfare policy; local governance and management
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Humans have never been the only animals to live in cities and, as the world becomes ever more urbanized, the number and array of animal species sharing urban spaces are only increasing. All too often, cities are perceived as if they were solely the domain of their human residents, including the welfare of nonhuman animals in urban research in a way that informs public policy has implications for a variety of issues such as how cities are organized; infrastructure is upgraded and sited; ordinances are developed to enhance animal welfare while protecting human health and safety; criminal activity is addressed; the interests of a variety of urban residents are conceptualized and represented; and sprawl impacts the presence of wildlife in cities.
There are two primary reasons that human and nonhuman animals share cities: Humans have intruded on the spaces of nonhuman animals, and nonhuman animals have followed humans there. Urban sprawl has caused cities to spread into previously undeveloped areas. Thus, some animals formerly in more rural spaces have been swallowed up into cities, creating relict populations and inevitable interactions between human and nonhuman animals. While the forces of urban growth have led to increasing numbers of animals in cities, the opposite is also true. For deindustrializing and depopulating cities, increasing greenspace provides environments for a number of nonhuman animals to survive and thrive in formerly urbanized areas. Animals also reside in cities as the result of human habitation either because they have been brought there with humans as pets or because they opportunistically have followed humans there due to the prevalence of food and other human waste products.
Because of the density and interaction of human and nonhuman animals in urban spaces, consideration of animal welfare issues and policies to enhance welfare are particularly acute. This Special Issue of Animals will focus on such issues. The goal of the issue is to provide both interdisciplinary and global perspectives; the list below highlights some of the possible research topics of interest. Policy-relevant research is particularly welcome.
- Comparison of local animal control and welfare ordinances and their effectiveness;
- Structural arrangements for local animal welfare and control: public versus nonprofit approaches, service networks, funding arrangements;
- Applications of One Health/One Welfare;
- Effectiveness of extant local policies: trap–neuter–return, breed specific legislation, legal protections for roaming animals, animal cruelty regulations;
- Programs to enhance animal welfare: education versus regulation;
- Cultural differences in urban pet keeping and animal welfare;
- The merits of differing approaches to shared animal welfare concerns;
- Identification of the most pressing urban animal welfare issues; current and future;
- Methods to reduce animal cruelty;
- Development and use of databases to assess and study urban animal welfare issues.
Please note that Animals is an open access journal but publication fees of the papers published by 31 May 2021 will be covered by a grant from Michigan State University.
Prof. Laura A. Reese
Manuscript Submission Information
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- animal welfare policy
- nonhuman animals in cities
- comparative animal welfare policy
- One Health/One Welfare
- urbanization and nonhuman animals