Special Issue "Frontiers of Animal Protection"

A special issue of Animals (ISSN 2076-2615). This special issue belongs to the section "Public Policy, Politics and Law".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2022.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Kendra Coulter
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Guest Editor
Department of Labour Studies, Brock University, St. Catharines, ON L2S 3A1, Canada
Interests: animal protection work and policy; animals and care work; the plant-based economy; and human-horse work

Special Issue Information

I am pleased to announce a Special Issue of Animals on the frontiers of animal protection. This Special Issue will assemble high-quality social science research that considers the social, legal, political, and employment dimensions of animal protection. Despite its importance for protecting diverse kinds of animals from human harm and the complementary benefits for vulnerable people and public safety, the animal protection landscape remains underexamined. To enrich scholarly understanding and offer insights of value to practitioners, organizational leaders, and policy makers, this Special Issue will highlight and assess the current state and future of animal protection work, policy, and practice globally. The species at the heart of these papers may be companion, farm, wild, or captive animals. Papers on the following topics are especially welcome:

  • The legal context shaping animal protection;
  • The politics of animal protection and its connection to other social challenges;
  • Case studies of front-line programs and their strengths and weaknesses;
  • Innovative approaches to animal protection;
  • The place of gender, race, and/or class in animal protection;
  • Emerging challenges and opportunities for animal protection.

Dr. Kendra Coulter
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 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 protection
  • animal welfare
  • animal rights
  • animal ethics
  • the human-animal violence link
  • animals and the law
  • animals and public policy
  • animal cruelty
  • conservation
  • humane law enforcement

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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