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25 Apr 2018

Greyhounds Lose Out To Greed: by Rachel Smith

Image above: Nancy W Beach As a student of Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law, I have closely followed developments in this divisive debate. In Australia, modern greyhound racing began in 1927[1] and there are now 19 tracks across six states, predominately in New South Wales (NSW). Geoff O’Conner, former chief executive of Greyhounds Australia, stated that ‘The Australian Greyhound industry is probably the best-run, the best-regulated and more in touch with animal welfare issues than any other greyhound industry or nation in the […]

15 Apr 2018

Why stricter sentencing for animal cruelty matters more than you think: By Alice Oven

Amidst fears of chlorine chickens and cheap low-welfare imports, a beacon of light for post-Brexit animal welfare has emerged in the form of Gove’s promise to increase the maximum sentence for serious animal cruelty in England. This draft bill, raising maximum jail time from six months to five years, is long overdue, bringing England into line with Northern Ireland, the Irish Republic, Australia and Canada. It’s an obvious cause for celebration for animal advocates and lawyers but, actually, human criminal […]

15 Apr 2018

A-law Annual Student Essay Competition Winners Announced

A-law’s Student Team are delighted to announce that the winners of our 2018 Annual Student Essay Competition are: 1st prize: Jessica Allen 2nd prize: Melisa Oleschuk 3rd prize: Charlotte Mekis The title of our 2018 competition was, “Consider whether animal welfare legislation should be extended to include decapods.” The standard of entries this year was extremely high. Student Officer and A-law Trustee, Edie Bowles, said, ‘The turnout of the essay competition this year was our best yet. Not only were […]

10 Mar 2018

A call on Parliament for the ban on wild-animal circuses in England: A Personal Perspective by Prabhgat Kaur Sekhon, LPC Graduate

On 20 December 2017, the Scottish Parliament voted to pass the Wild Animals in Travelling Circuses (Scotland) Bill, adding to a growing number of European states who have made it an offence for circus operators to use wild animals in travelling circuses. The Scottish Government introduced the ban, not on the basis of animal welfare, but on ethical grounds “…that this practice is morally objectionable to a large proportion of Scottish society”. Austria, Bolivia, Cyprus and Greece are some of […]

06 Feb 2018

Introducing Stop Animal Sexual Assault (SASA), by Katherine Goodman, J.D.

Katherine Goodman is a graduate of the Animal Law LLM program at Lewis & Clark Law School and is the founder of Stop Animal Sexual Assault (SASA), a non-profit that seeks to raise awareness about animal sexual assault in the United States. I have always loved animals for as long as I can remember and have always wanted to help them. It did not take long during my undergraduate journey for me to realize that I could accomplish this with […]

04 Feb 2018
Save The Asian Elephants Duncan McNair

A-Law spotlight on Save The Asian Elephants

Duncan McNair is a prominent corporate litigation lawyer with a longstanding interest in animal welfare causes. He is founder and CEO of Save The Asian Elephants (STAE), a Community Interest Company working for the preservation and protection of the endangered Asian elephant. McNair founded STAE in 2015 after hearing about the plight of the Asian elephant and travelling to India to elicit the facts for himself. Moved by what he saw, McNair returned to the UK and STAE was formed. In […]

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 […]