Palgrave International Handbook of Animal Abuse Studies

Jennifer Maher (Editor), Harriet Pierpoint (Editor), Piers Beirne (Editor)

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This Handbook fills a large gap in current scholarly literature on animal abuse studies. It moves considerably beyond the debate that has traditionally dominated the discourse of animal abuse – the link between one-on-one interpersonal violence and animal abuse – and towards those institutionalised forms of animal abuse which are routine, everyday, socially acceptable and invisibilised. Chapters from expert contributors raise issues such as: the use of animals as edibles; vivisection; animal sexual assault; animals used in sport and hunting; animal trafficking; the use of animals by youth gangs, by other groups and in war; species extinction; and the passivity of national and international organisations in combating animal abuse. The Handbook is a unique text: it is essential reading for students, researchers, academics, activists and policy makers involved in understanding and preventing animal abuse.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages523
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-137-43183-7
ISBN (Print)978-1-137-43182-0
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Publication series

NamePalgrave Handbooks
PublisherPalgrave MacMillan


  • animal abuse
  • vivisection
  • animal sexual abuse
  • animals used in sport and hunting
  • animal trafficking
  • use of animals by gangs
  • species extinction
  • criminology
  • Wildlife crime
  • animal cruelty
  • animal neglect
  • status dogs
  • habitat disturbance and destruction


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