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Monthly Archives: September 2016

19 Sep 2016

DEFRA publishes review of regulations around racing greyhound welfare

DEFRA publishes review into the effectiveness of the Welfare of Racing Greyhound Regulations 2010. Under the Regulations, all tracks should: have a veterinary surgeon present at all race meetings and trials; with each greyhound examined by the vet prior to racing or trialling and no greyhound being allowed to run if the vet deems it is unfit to race for any reason; • ensure that the veterinary surgeon has suitable facilities; • provide an adequate number of suitably ventilated kennels; […]

02 Sep 2016

Enforcement – the conundrum at the heart of animal welfare policy?

On 27 April 2015 ALAW hosted a seminar on the Wooler Review, the independent review of the RPSCA’s prosecution activity. The seminar was co-hosted by Paula Sparks (ALAW Chairperson), Alan Bates (ALAW Trustee) and Hannah Brown (ALAW Legal Co-ordinator). There was a very good turnout with solicitors, barristers, and representatives from the veterinary and animal welfare communities (including the RSPCA and Born Free) in attendance, as well as a number of law students. ALAW welcomed Iain O’Donnell, barrister at Crown […]

02 Sep 2016

“Animal Lawyers” – Having an Animal as your Client by Alan Bates

Lawyers cannot claim to have played the largest role in the founding of the animal welfare movement in England. As with the historical beginnings of many other socially progressive movements, that honour belongs to men of the cloth, not those of the scrolls. Nevertheless, the law can boast a number of luminaries who were ahead of their times in having a keen sense of the moral imperative to show compassion towards non-human animals. Some 13 years before Martin’s Act of […]

02 Sep 2016

Animal Experiments – Putting FOI to the Test? by David Thomas

N.B. this article was first published in Freedom of Information, Volume 6, Issue 2. David Thomas, Solicitor and legal consultant to anti-vivisection organisation BUAV, and Bindman and Partners, examines public authorities’ arguments against disclosure in this controversial area. The right to receive and impart information, contained in Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights (‘the Convention’) has been described (by Lord Steyn in R v Home Secretary, ex parte Simms) as “the lifeblood of a democracy.” The litmus test […]