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Monthly Archives: May 2019

27 May 2019

A Profile of Joyce Tischler, the Mother of Animal Law, by Kate Fowler

This piece is the first in a series focusing on the female lawyers featured in the multimedia documentary project Unbound, co-founded by acclaimed photojournalist Jo-Anne McArthur (We Animals, The Ghosts in Our Machine) and Dr Keri Cronin (Department of Visual Arts, Brock University). Find out more at unboundproject.org. The documentary series Unbound celebrates women at the forefront of animal advocacy, including veterinarians, scientists, rescuers, and activists. These remarkable women inspire the audience and the world to make a difference. Notably, […]

27 May 2019

May Book of the Month: ‘Wilding’ by Isabella Tree

You would be forgiven for wondering why a book about re-wilding a British farm features in our book of the month series. In fact, it is recommended reading for anyone at all concerned with wildlife and farming policy, species decline and loss of biodiversity. It also makes for fascinating read. The author recounts the story of the journey made by herself and her husband, Charlie. Both are arable and dairy farmers who had increasingly been adopting intensified farming methods before […]

13 May 2019

Annual Student Essay Competition 2019 Winners Announced

A-law is delighted to announce that the winners of the 2019 Annual Student Essay Competition have been selected. This year’s essay title was, ‘Explain the potential significance of granting legal personhood to animals in the UK’. The standard of entries was extremely high and, after much deliberation, the following three winners have been selected: 1st Place – Sam Groom, City – University of London Sam is a GDL student who graduated last year in Modern and Medieval Languages from the […]

06 May 2019

The Necessity of Pet Theft Reform – Because a Dog is a Man’s Best Friend by Josephine Burnett

Under the current law, no distinction is made between the theft of pets and the theft of possessions. Both are treated the same, meaning that in the eyes of the law, pets are considered as little more than inanimate objects. With an ever-growing market for the selling and breeding of ‘designer’ pooches, as well as a continued market for dog fighting, incidents of pet theft are on the rise. However, very few of those incidents ever make it to court, […]