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Welcome to the newest section of the website which features blog posts from lawyers, academics, law students and others interested in animal law. Please note that the views expressed in these posts are not necessarily those of A-law. To submit a piece for our blog, please contact us.

My time as an MSc Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law student at the University of Glasgow by Megan Baker

Last September, I began studying an MSc in Animal Welfare, Science, Ethics and Law at the University of Glasgow. The course is split into three semesters: the first focusing on science research skills, the second ethics and law, with...
28th Oct 18

Donkey Attractions are not Attractive: How Spanish traditions and tourist attractions are causing donkey cruelty by Riley Forson

Ever since I was a little girl, I have always held a special place in my heart for donkeys. This summer I visited El Refugio Del Burrito, and, as always, was humbled by the warmth and affection of the...
23rd Oct 18

Pepys, Phyla & Philosophy: A History of Animal Welfare Law in the UK (Part One) by Corrina Lewis

This is the first in a series of posts focusing on the history and philosophy of UK animal law, containing a brief overview and looking at some of the people whose ideas have shaped the view of animals that...
14th Oct 18

Nature’s Slaves: The Dark Side of Elephant Tourism in Asia by Riley Forson

When we think of elephants we conjure the image of a gentle giant wandering free. For the Asian elephant that would be in its jungle habitat found in India, Thailand and the Malay Peninsula. As a species, many of...
16th Sep 18

Want to study animal law? How will you choose the right masters for you? by Ann Broadhurst

Animal welfare is a very important topic, and the future of it depends on animal laws. For those who wish to study animal law, what options are available and how accessible is the information? Undertaking a masters course is...
23rd Jun 18

Conservation in the Tsavo National Park, Kenya by Hon. Justice Nzioki Wa Makau

Nzioki Wa Makau sits as a judge at the Industrial Court of Kenya and is Chairman of the Tsavo Trust. He has enjoyed a distinguished career in the Kenyan anti-corruption movement, having previously held positions at the Kenya Anti-Corruption...
1st Jun 18

Tennessee Walking Horse Cruelty: By Rachel Smith

Image above: CounterCanter, Flickr Performance equine shows are a regular occurrence in many communities throughout the United States and demonstrate the incredible bond between horse and rider. However, the motivation to achieve the ‘perfect show horse’ can lead to...
1st May 18

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 and there are now 19 tracks across six states, predominately in...
25th Apr 18

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,...
15th Apr 18

A call on Parliament for the ban on wild-animal circuses in England: A Personal Perspective by Prabhgat Kaur Sekhon, LPC Graduate

On 20 December 2017, the Scottish Parliament voted to pass the Wild Animals in Travelling Circuses (Scotland) Bill, adding to a growing number of European states who have made it an offence for circus operators to use wild animals...
10th Mar 18

Introducing Stop Animal Sexual Assault (SASA), by Katherine Goodman, J.D.

Katherine Goodman is a graduate of the Animal Law LLM program at Lewis & Clark Law School and is the founder of Stop Animal Sexual Assault (SASA), a non-profit that seeks to raise awareness about animal sexual assault in...
6th Feb 18

INTRODUCING ANIMAL LAW IN ZIMBABWE, AFRICA by Advocate Ever V. Chinoda

It was beyond my imagination to even think of how I would introduce the subject of animal law and the five freedoms of animal welfare to Africans, who are unemployed, dying of hunger and thirst. I found it weird...
21st Jan 18

‘Sentient beings’ and ‘tradable products:’ exploring the status of animals under European Union law by Katy Sowery

Katy Sowery is a PhD candidate in EU law at the University of Liverpool. Her research interests include constitutional law and the law relating to animals. *This is a summary of an article due to be published in the Common...
7th Jan 18
Lewis & Clark

Studying Animal Law at Lewis & Clarke in the USA by Alice Collinson

Alice Collinson on attending the Animal Law LL.M at L ewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon, U.S. Alice completed the Animal Law Masters in September 2017, following six years’ in private practice in London, as a civil...
26th Nov 17

Volunteering for the WSPA by Eirian Whitehead

“I have always loved animals and as an LPC student I have been able to progress from my dreams of becoming the next Joy Adamson.” Eirian Whitehead on volunteering for the WSPA Eirian studied a history degree at King’s...
31st Aug 16

Ritual Slaughter by Dr Peter Bowen Walker

“Animal welfare, freedom of thought and conscience, and a free internal market are all core principles of the EU. Yet… these core principles are compromised to a greater or lesser extent in relation to the ritual slaughter issue.” Dr...
31st Aug 16

Why Animal Law? by Sam Hawke

“At some point, you realise that reliance on bare species membership as the primary criterion for moral status is indefensible, and you (begrudgingly) let it go.” Sam Hawke explains why animal law is the way to go Sam is...
31st Aug 16

Pursuing animal law: an Australian student’s perspective by Sally Jones

“As a teenager the three most influential features of my academic life were the environment, the law, and animal advocacy… I was introduced to animal law at 15, when I was handed an animal rights pamphlet.” Sally Jones shares...
31st Aug 16

Book Review: ‘Leviathan or, The Whale’ by Philip Hoare

Grace Wright, a BPTC student at BPP, was the runner-up in our 2015 Student Essay Competition. In this blog post she reviews Philip Hoare’s book, “Leviathan or, The Whale”. An eclectic blend of autobiography, travelogue, nature essay, social history and...
25th Aug 16

ALAW Animal Law Guide to the Legal Implications of Brexit

In light of last week’s referendum decision to leave the EU, we have put together a short guide to the legal implications of exiting the EU. It is important to emphasise that the position at the present time is...
1st Jul 16

Steven M. Wise’s Talk at Doughty Street Chambers by Randi Milgram

On June 13 2016, ALAW was honored to host Steven M. Wise at the Doughty Street Chambers. A professor of animal rights at several U.S. law schools and an esteemed author on the subject, Mr. Wise is also the...
15th Jun 16

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