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Monthly Archives: December 2017

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) […]