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16 Jan 2018

A-law joins forces with over 40 animal charities to produce the Brexit Manifesto for Animals

UK Government urged to take action on cruel puppy trade, live farm animal exports, foie gras and fur imports, farm subsidies and severe animal experiments to ensure UK can maintain its role as pioneer for animals as Britain exits EU. The UK Centre for Animal Law and Wildlife and Countryside Link[1] are today releasing a new report ‘Brexit – getting the best deal for animals’ calling on the UK Government to turn words into action for animals. The report is […]

22 Dec 2017
EFRA Animal Welfare Bill Inquiry

EFRA Committee launches pre-legislative inquiry into Government’s new Animal Welfare Bill

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Committee has launched a pre-legislative inquiry into the Government’s recently published Animal Welfare (Sentencing and Recognition of Sentience) Bill. The Bill makes provisions to reflect animal sentience in domestic law and increase animal cruelty sentences to a maximum of five years’ imprisonment. Views are sought by 17th January 2018. In particular, the Committee would like to receive views on the following: The Bill requires Ministers to have “regard to the welfare needs of […]

22 Dec 2017
Government puppy farming law

Government announces new proposals around dog breeding and puppy sales

The Government has announced it plans to introduce new regulations around dog breeding and puppy selling, and that new legislation to introduce these measures could be published early 2018. The Government is considering – amongst others – the following new regulations: • Licensed dog breeders must show puppies with their mothers before a sale; • Puppy sales should be completed whilst the new owner is present; • Licensed dog breeders must only sell puppies they have themselves bred; and • […]

20 Dec 2017
Animal Justice UK

Fourth edition of our eMagazine, Animal Justice UK, released

A-law’s Student Group has released its latest edition of Animal Justice UK, and as you will see, the eMagazine has a new look to tie in with A-law’s rebrand. In this edition, barrister and A-law Chairperson, Paula Sparks, discusses A-law’s relaunch and plans for 2018. Tiffany Mitchell writes about our animal of the issue, the chicken, revealing the species has complex communication skills and a high level of intelligence. Kelly Levenda writes about the need to give greater consideration to […]

12 Dec 2017

Draft Animal Welfare (Sentencing and Recognition of Sentience) Bill Released

The Government has released a draft Animal Welfare (Sentencing and Recognition of Sentience) Bill 2017, which will enshrine animal sentience in UK domestic law and increase animal cruelty sentences to a maximum of five years’ imprisonment in England and Wales.   Section 1 of the draft Bill reads:   Welfare needs of animals as sentient beings (1) Ministers of the Crown must have regard to the welfare needs of animals as sentient beings in formulating and implementing government policy. (2) […]

29 Nov 2017
A-law Animal Sentience Briefing Note

A-law releases legal briefing note on Brexit, Article 13, and “animal sentience”

Introduction and summary On 15 November 2017 a vote took place in the House of Commons on a proposed amendment to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill (the Withdrawal Bill). The amendment (referred to as “New Clause 30”, or “NC30”) sought to incorporate into UK law Article 13 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU). Article 13 states that the EU and its member States “shall, since animals are sentient beings, pay full regard to the welfare requirements […]

14 Nov 2017

Government confirms all English abattoirs will have to install CCTV

After concluding its consultation, the Government has announced it will proceed with plans to make CCTV mandatory in all registered slaughterhouses in England, regardless of size. In total there was 3,869 responses to the consultation, the vast majority of which were from the general public. 3,838 respondents were in favour of the introduction of mandatory CCTV, demonstrating overwhelming support for this policy. In light of the responses, the Government has decided that recordings should be retained by the slaughterhouse for […]

02 Oct 2017

Sentences for Animal Cruelty Offences in England to be increased to Five Years

Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, has announced plans to increase maximum sentences for cruelty to animals in England from six months to five years. Having more punitive sentences at their disposal will, according to DEFRA, allow the courts to better deal with extremely shocking cases of animal cruelty. The announcement has been welcomed by animal protection charities, including Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, which launched a campaign to increase sentences to five years earlier this year. David Bowles, head of public […]

06 Sep 2017

Scotland to increase animal cruelty sentences to five years

Scotland has announced it will increase sentences for animal cruelty offences to 5 years over the next Parliamentary year. The announcement was made in its 2017/18 Programme for Government, along with other animal welfare measures, including: * A public information campaign on the risks of buying puppies online and rehoming dogs from abraod; * Amending the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006 to increase sentences for animal cruelty offences to a maximum of 5 years in the most serious […]

26 Aug 2017

Animal Law, Ethics and Legal Education Programme Released

The programme for our upcoming Animal Law, Ethics and Legal Education Conference is available now! We are hosting the event on Tuesday 5th September in conjunction with Liverpool John Moore University’s Law School, and we have some fantastic talks lined up from speakers including animal law expert, Mike Radford OBE, Compassion in World Farming‘s Peter Stevenson, Chris Butler-Stroud, chief executive of Whale and Dolphin Conservation, and many many more. Places are still available, so if you’d like to book a place, visithttps://www.ljmu.ac.uk/…/animal-law-ethics-and-legal-educat…. […]