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Monthly Archives: April 2018

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 […]