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Farmers, Victimization, and Animal Rights Activism in Sweden

Ceccato, Vania and Lundqvist, Peter and Abraham, Jonatan and Göransson, Eva and Alwall Svennefelt, Catharina (2022). Farmers, Victimization, and Animal Rights Activism in Sweden. The Professional Geographer. 74 :2 , 350-363
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Conflicts between animal production and animal rights activism are becoming more common in a number of countries, including Sweden. Although most animal rights advocates would not consider committing a crime, there have been numerous accounts in which farmers have been victimized because they are animal producers. This study investigates the extent and characteristics of crimes committed against animal farmers and their families. The analysis is based on answers from a survey of 3,815 animal farmers in Sweden in 2020. Cross-table analysis, logistic regression models, and geographical information systems (GIS) underlie the methodology of the study. One in eight respondents declared being exposed to crimes because they are animal producers (from thefts, trespassing, sabotage, and threats to physical violence, most face-to-face but also online), but 60 percent of the victims never report to the police. Among nonvictims, half of the respondents knew someone who had been a victim of crime. Findings indicate that farmers' victimization for theft or robbery show different motivations than those that are directed at them because they work with animal production. These findings highlight the importance of incorporating farmers' safety needs into sustainable rural development policies.

Authors/Creators:Ceccato, Vania and Lundqvist, Peter and Abraham, Jonatan and Göransson, Eva and Alwall Svennefelt, Catharina
Title:Farmers, Victimization, and Animal Rights Activism in Sweden
Series Name/Journal:The Professional Geographer
Year of publishing :2022
Volume:74
Number:2
Page range:350-363
Number of Pages:14
Publisher:ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR AND FRANCIS LTD
ISSN:0033-0124
Language:English
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 505 Law > Law and Society
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 507 Social and Economic Geography > Human Geography
Keywords:animal production, crime, crime reporting, ecoterrorism, policing, threats, trespassing
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-116248
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-116248
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Type of IDID
DOI10.1080/00330124.2021.2004899
Web of Science (WoS)000757217400001
ID Code:27563
Faculty:LTV - Fakulteten för landskapsarkitektur, trädgårds- och växtproduktionsvetenskap
Department:(LTJ, LTV) > Department of People and Society (from 2021)
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:19 Apr 2022 07:04
Metadata Last Modified:19 Apr 2022 07:11

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