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Monthly Archives: May 2020

29 May 2020

Golden Eagles: A Persecuted Species

By Daniel Ball, solicitor  Somewhere in the bleak and unforgiving Scottish Highlands, golden eagles are persecuted for so-called ‘sport’. Grouse shooting is the hunting of red grouse between August and December each year. Large areas of land were devoted to grouse shooting by the early 1880s, when driven shooting (using beaters to drive the grouse towards waiting guns) became fashionable. Because gamekeepers did not want their grouse stock affected, they controlled predators. The legal control of predators such as foxes, […]

27 May 2020

Deforestation, Palm Oil, and the Effects on Wildlife

By Rosie Paine, student at University of Winchester Deforestation, the cutting down of trees in a large area, or the destruction of trees by people, is one of the leading causes of climate change and species extinction. Within the UK, there is hope for an international agreement to reduce tropical deforestation by at least 50%, and to halt global forest cover loss by 2030. Such an agreement would help reduce deforestation and its resulting dangers to climate change, as clearing […]

22 May 2020

Book Review: Racism as Zoological Witchcraft: A Guide to Getting Out, by Aph Ko

Review by Erin Lanza In this book, media studies scholar and theorist Aph Ko presents a novel approach to considering animal rights, one that destabilises colonial logic and locates problematic racial hierarchies as central to our exploitation of nonhuman animals. Ko asserts that white supremacy uses the concept of animality to denigrate minority peoples, thereby committing conceptual (and then physical) violence against both nonwhite humans and nonhuman animals. Ko’s commitment to situating anti-racist and animal rights theory as necessarily compatible […]

20 May 2020

Aquatic Animal Law Initiative Raises Awareness of Blue Revolution

Ed. note: Please enjoy this piece originally intended for World Aquatic Animal Day in April. We share in support of the Aquatic Animal Law Initiative and the Animal Law Clinic at Lewis & Clark Law School, as part of their Center for Animal Law Studies. More information at end. by Lydia Robinson, Trainee Solicitor   What is the Aquatic Animal Law Initiative? The Aquatic Animal Law Initiative (AALI) is a programme set up by the Lewis & Clark Law School […]

18 May 2020

The effect of Covid-19 on Animal Shelters in Thailand

By Alice Kennedy, trainee solicitor   Lanta Animal Welfare In the summer of 2014, I volunteered at Lanta Animal Welfare (LAW) in Koh Lanta, an island in Thailand’s Krabi Province. The animal shelter and veterinary practice needed people to live on site and assist with the care of, at the time, 40 cats and a further 30 dogs. Volunteers worked six-hour shifts, six days a week. Our role included walking the dogs, preparing food, cleaning cages, assisting the vet staff […]

14 May 2020

How to set up an animal law course at your university

by Danielle Duffield, solicitor   FIRST: Form an A-law student group; become an ambassador at your university to raise the profile of the field If you would like your university to offer an animal law course, you could start by becoming a student ambassador for A-law or setting up an A-law student group within your university’s law faculty, if you don’t have one already. This will demonstrate the student interest in this burgeoning field. A student ambassador or group could […]

12 May 2020

The Campaign for Compulsory Microchipping of Cats

by Imogen Mellor   Cats Protection campaigns for the mandatory microchipping of owned cats. They state that “cats are independent and curious creatures – part of the reason we love them. But this means that they can end up lost, perhaps far from home. Microchipping is a safe and permanent way to identify a cat and the best way of ensuring lost cats are returned to their loving families.” The hope is that mandatory microchipping will lead to fewer unidentified […]

07 May 2020

Nonhuman Animals and the Law, by Dr. Sohini Mahapatra

Book Review by Michelle Li Sze Cheng Dr. Sohini Mahaptra dedicates her book Nonhuman Animals and the Law to “all of the wonderful animals around us – companions, strays and the wild, whose contribution in our lives goes unacknowledged.” Reading this dedication promised me that this book would be an enjoyable and memorable journey, and it was. In this book, Mahapatra intends to address the grey areas of animal law protection within the Indian legal discourse. She discusses how ‘societal […]

06 May 2020

Covid-19 & Wildlife: An Opportunity to Reflect & Change?

By Sophie Lunn, student at Nottingham Trent University   Covid-19, the human illness caused by the novel virus SARS-COV-2, has been causing worry and disruption since it first emerged. Attention immediately turned to its origin: where did this new virus come from? Despite all the efforts made in China to contain the virus, it has become a pandemic. Cases have been confirmed in more than 110 countries, and the number of lives lost to the virus continues to rise. The economic toll is likely to run into trillions of US dollars. The first cases of infection appear to trace […]