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The Swedish Swan Lady: Reaction to an Apparent Animal Hoarding Case
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Uppsala Centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies.
Northeastern Univ, Dept Sociol & Anthropol, Boston, MA 02115 USA..
2016 (English)In: Society and Animals, ISSN 1063-1119, E-ISSN 1568-5306, Vol. 24, no 1, 63-77 p.Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
Abstract [en]

This study describes media and judicial reaction to the first publicly acknowledged case of animal hoarding in Sweden-a 60-year-old Swedish woman who purportedly "rescued" 150 swans over several years by bringing many back to her one-room apartment. Reports in the press and social media reflected curiosity if not admiration for this woman, who was dubbed the "Swan Lady." Although some condemned her deeds and saw her as guilty of animal cruelty, most commentators were more fascinated by her ability to capture the aggressive and large birds, and bring them to her home. While judicial reaction framed this case as one of animal cruelty, the response was sympathetic and people failed to consider the Swan Lady's mental health when examining her behavior.

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2016. Vol. 24, no 1, 63-77 p.
Keyword [en]
animal rescue, swans, hoarding, cruelty to animals
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Veterinary Science Sociology
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-280930DOI: 10.1163/15685306-12341388ISI: 000370002700004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-280930DiVA: diva2:912260
Available from: 2016-03-16 Created: 2016-03-16 Last updated: 2016-04-01Bibliographically approved

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