Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology

First Advisor

Amy Fitzgerald


Health and environmental sciences, Social sciences



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This study explores animal research from an integrated green criminology and governance perspective. It focuses on how policy influences the practice of governing animal research and how opposition to animal research is communicated through discursive and visual mediums. Interviews were conducted with members of one Canadian university's Animal Care Committee (ACC) to explore the role of policy in the Committee's governance of animal research. In addition, discourse analysis (DA) was employed in analyzing the discursive and visual content of several People for the Ethical Treatment for Animals (PETA) websites to examine the claims made by opponents of animal research. The analysis indicates that while the ACC members view policy as a useful tool in governing animal research, PETA's opposition to animal research is articulated mainly at the ideological level and neglects to specifically address or engage in a discussion of policy and governance issues within animal research.