Animal Abuse Studies

In recent years there has been an explosion of interest in green criminology and animal studies. That said, the subject of animal abuse is still relatively neglected in the literature despite evident interest in the subject, demonstrated by its emergence as new conferences streams, networks, university courses and animal-centred journals such as Society and Animals and Anthrozoos. As our knowledge of animals expands, we now know that many animals can feel and experience much of what we once considered to be ‘human’ emotions, awareness and cognition. This compels us to raise questions about our speciesist treatment of animals and their right not to be used and abused by us.

Animal abuse, in its broadest forms, sits squarely within criminological interests, but also spans many varied disciplines. This series provides, for the first time, a ‘home’ for advanced texts on specific types of animal abuse and on the themes that run through animal abuse studies.

The series is:

  • Creative, open-minded and boundary pushing in terms of defining what encompasses animal abuse
  • Multi-disciplinary - spanning criminology, law, sociology, psychology, history, moral philosophy, animal studies (sometimes termed “human-animal studies”), conservation and environmental studies
  • International, in particular actively encouraging submissions from authors in the Global South
  • Enthusiastic about diversity and variety among our authors - established or and up-and-coming, from academia, practice or the voluntary sector
  • Critical of research, theory, policy, law and practice with a view to furthering our knowledge of animal abuse in its many forms and what our responses should be
  • Supportive of innovation in the development of research methods and the presentation and dissemination of research
  • Encourages authors to consider the Real Impact of their research findings, with a view to preventing and reducing animal abuse and supporting animal victims

To submit a proposal to this series, please contact the series editor via email:

Harriet Pierpoint
University of South Wales, UK
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Jenny Maher
University of South Wales, UK
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Piers Beirne
University of Southern Maine, USA
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