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Utredning och analys av domar gällande djurplågeri och brott mot djurskyddslagen
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences.
2012 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The Animal Welfare Act (1988:534) was created to protect animals from unnecessary suffering and The Swedish Penal Code (1962:700) to protect in cases of cruelty against animals. The purpose of this study is to investigate the consequences of breaching these laws, to compare penalties given for similar crimes, to assess how many of these were committed with deliberate cruelty and to find out which kind of animals are most commonly exposed to these crimes. The purpose is also to investigate if the seriousness of the crime has influenced the penalty imposed. To answer these questions, convictions from 2010 were investigated and analyzed. The results show that the most common penalty for violation of the Animal Welfare Act (1988:534) was unit fines. The most common convictions were due to ‘lack of care for the animal/neglect’, most commonly dogs. Violation of the Swedish Penal Code (1962:700) also resulted in unit fines as well as suspended sentences and imprisonment, in two cases. Again the most commonly abused animal was dogs. Similar crimes often resulted in similar penalties. Only a few crimes were committed with deliberate cruelty. In the case of violations against The Swedish Penal Code, the seriousness of the crime has clearly influenced the penalty imposed. The connection between the seriousness of the crime and penalties imposed for violations against the animal welfare act, was not as clear.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 48 p.
Keyword [en]
Animal welfare act, assault and battery, cruelty to animals, penalties, the Swedish penal code
National Category
Natural Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-75791OAI: diva2:635337
Subject / course
Examensarbete i miljö och hälsoskydd
Educational program
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health
Available from: 2013-07-03 Created: 2013-07-03 Last updated: 2013-07-03Bibliographically approved

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