Special Issue "How Animal Welfare Reforms Are Reshaping Societal Institutions Charged with Animal Management"

A special issue of Animals (ISSN 2076-2615). This special issue belongs to the section "Animal Welfare".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 August 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Jeremy Bruskotter
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Guest Editor
Terrestrial Wildlife Ecology Lab, School of Environment and Natural Resources, Ohio State University 379D Kottman Hall, 2021 Coffey Rd., Columbus, OH 43210,USA
Interests: human-wildlife interactions; wildlife conservation; social conflict; animal welfare
Dr. Kelly A. George
E-Mail Website
Guest Editor
CFAES Center for Human-Animal Interactions Research & Education (CHAIRE)
Interests: human-animal interactions; animal welfare; conservation; animal agriculture

Special Issue Information

Summary: Concern for non-human animals is on the rise and has shown to be core to maintaining the social license to have animals in human care. This increased concern has manifested in many ways from official acts and policies to advocacy and activist groups, all affecting the ways in which humans interact with animals. The effects have created entire paradigm shifts for many animal institutions (i.e., animal agriculture, wildlife management, zoos & aquariums, research laboratories, shelters, therapy institutions) and continue to be transformed over time from both internal and external pressures. Thus, examining how animal welfare reforms have and will reshape human–animal interactions will be paramount for the future of societal institutions charged with animal stewardship. In this Special Issue, we welcome submissions exploring this topic broadly or specifically (one institution and/or one aspect of animal welfare). Our goals are to create a forum to highlight the complexity of animal welfare reform implementation and to serve as a catalyst for discussion of new considerations related to human–animal interactions.

Prof. Jeremy Bruskotter
Dr. Kelly A. George
Guest Editors

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 1800 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.


  • animal welfare
  • human–animal interactions
  • conservation
  • one-health
  • animal agriculture

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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