Safety in rural contexts: Crime and threats against Swedish animal production

Authors: Vania Ceccato*, Royal Institute of Technology
Topics: Rural Geography, Regional Geography, Legal Geography
Keywords: animal production, eco-terrorism, victimisation, fear, rural areas, policing
Session Type: Virtual Paper
Day: 4/11/2021
Start / End Time: 11:10 AM / 12:25 PM
Room: Virtual 26
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Farmers of animal production in Sweden can experience different types of criticisms directed against their activities from consumers, the media and inspecting government agencies. On another level, threats, damage, tampering, robbery and other criminal acts are directed against the farm's activities, but also against the farmer, family members and employees.
Official statistics of crimes against farmers are scarce in Sweden and in particular those crimes against animal production. When they are reported in official statistics, they are limited to a small number of cases that reach court. It is also difficult, in most cases, to find out why the crime was committed, or to be able to associate evidence with a particular individual or group, unless they leave symbols or signs that can be linked to them. In this presentation, I discuss preliminary results of a nation-wide survey (3814 animal farmers in 2020) on crime, threats and criticisms against animal production in Sweden that is carried out by Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU-project leader) and Federation of Swedish Farmers (LRF). This study main goal is to investigate the nature of the experiences of victimization materialized as threats, crimes and criticism against animal production in Sweden. This is achieved by assessing the consequences for individuals and farms, health, social and economic conditions.

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