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21 Jan 2018

INTRODUCING ANIMAL LAW IN ZIMBABWE, AFRICA by Advocate Ever V. Chinoda

It was beyond my imagination to even think of how I would introduce the subject of animal law and the five freedoms of animal welfare to Africans, who are unemployed, dying of hunger and thirst. I found it weird to even discuss of animal rights in a society where respect of human rights is still a big issue. To talk of right to food, water and shelter of animals to a human being who is trying to survive and provide […]

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 […]

07 Jan 2018

‘Sentient beings’ and ‘tradable products:’ exploring the status of animals under European Union law by Katy Sowery

Katy Sowery is a PhD candidate in EU law at the University of Liverpool. Her research interests include constitutional law and the law relating to animals. *This is a summary of an article due to be published in the Common Market Law Review (2018) Issue 55 Volume 1, available online at: https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3090363. In the European Union animals are formally recognised both as “sentient beings” and as “agricultural products” in the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU.) This “dual […]

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 […]

26 Nov 2017
Lewis & Clark

Studying Animal Law at Lewis & Clarke in the USA by Alice Collinson

Alice Collinson on attending the Animal Law LL.M at L ewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon, U.S. Alice completed the Animal Law Masters in September 2017, following six years’ in private practice in London, as a civil litigator . I applied to this course as the leading international programme dedicated to animal law. I’ve had an increasing interest in this field as a volunteer member of the UK Centre for Animal Law since 2013 through which I have […]

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 […]