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Monthly Archives: November 2016

21 Nov 2016

Lecture in Limoges

On 10 November 2016, Hannah Brown, ALAW’s Legal and Project Manager, spoke at a conference in Limoges, France on the status of animals in common law jurisdictions. The conference, entitled “The links between ethics and law—the example of animals” looked at the way ethic influences the law in the context of animals and was organised by the Law and Economic Sciences Departments at the University of Limoges. Hannah explained how under common law, people are categorised as persons and animals are categorised as things, […]

21 Nov 2016

Protection of Wild Animals (Scotland) Act 2002 hampers investigation and prosecution of hunting offences, according to review

A Review of the Protection of Wild Animals (Scotland) Act 2002 by Lord Bonomy has concluded that the legislation overly complicates the detection, investigation, and prosecution of the offences it covers. Furthermore, the Review concludes that there are grounds for suspecting that illegal hunts are taking place. Recommendations include: The Act should be given more clarity and the offences it covers should be simplified. Part-time hunt monitors should be appointed to randomly observe hunts using packs of dogs. Alternatively, a […]

16 Nov 2016

EFRA Committee publishes ‘Animal Welfare in England: Domestic Pets’ inquiry report

The EFRA (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) Committee today published its Animal Welfare in England: Domestic Pets inquiry Report. ALAW contributed to the inquiry consultation period earlier this year. The Report makes a number of recommendations including: Any person who breeds two or more litters a year should be licensed as a breeder. • Licensing regulations should be updated. • The age that dogs can be brought into the UK from overseas should be increased to 6 months. • Websites […]

14 Nov 2016

Licensing Consultation – DEFRA publishes summary of responses

Defra has now published its Summary of Responses to its consultation on the licensing of animal establishments in England (the “Summary”) which ran for 12 weeks from 20 December 2015 until 12 March 2016. This article sets out the Summary’s key findings. In short, respondents were very positive about updating the licensing system. The Summary is available in full here: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/552955/animal-establishments-consult-sum-resp.pdf BACKGROUND: THE EXISTING REGIME Local authorities are required by law to issue licences for specific animal-related establishments and activities, with […]