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: