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NEW ARTICLE – For the Love of Darcie: Recognising the Human–Companion Animal Relationship in Housing Law and Policy

For the Love of Darcie: Recognising the Human–Companion Animal Relationship in Housing Law and Policy is a new article written by Debbie Rook, Principal Lecturer at Northumbria University, recently published in the Liverpool Law Review.

Read the full article here.

The author argues that legislation is needed in the UK to prevent landlords banning pets in residential properties. Existing legal distinctions towards the treatment of animals based on their ‘use’ (companion animals, farmed animals and those used for scientific research) should be used as a precedent for recognising the different treatment of animals depending on the nature of our relationship with the animal.

The author considers the impact of companion animals upon an individual’s health and social wellbeing and, further, how the law in other jurisdictions which prohibit ‘no pet’ covenants in residential leases could inform the effective formulation and implementation of such law in the UK. The author also argues that the human-companion animal relationship falls within Article 8 of the European Convention of Human Rights and considers the implications of this on housing law and policy in the UK

For the Love of Darcie: Recognising the Human–Companion Animal Relationship in Housing Law and Policy. Rook, D. Liverpool Law Rev (2018). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10991-018-9209-y

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