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24 Mar 2019

The Reality of Horse Drawn Carriages by Amy Taylor

When visiting iconic cities such as London or New York City, many tourists are enchanted by the sight of horse-drawn carriages. To some, the use of horse-drawn carriages is a delightful activity. Others, however, perceive this as a cruel and unnecessary practice. The horses involved often pull heavy loads whilst trying to navigate traffic. Walking and standing on concrete and asphalt can also lead to debilitating leg problems, whilst breathing in exhaust fumes can cause respiratory disorders.[1] Over the years, […]

17 Mar 2019

To Cull Or Not To Cull, This Should Never Be A Question: Why Culling Africa’s Elephants Is Not The Answer To Conservation By Riley Forson

The late Dame Daphne Sheldrick stated: “No animal triggers more heated debate within conservation circles than the elephant, for no animal has greater impact on the environment or is more “human” emotionally”.[1] One of the greatest debates surrounding the conservation of elephants is whether the most appropriate method of conserving them is through mass culling. Culture of Culling Despite being ravaged by poaching in the 1950s, pockets of elephant populations grew in national parks, such as Hwange in Zimbabwe, Tsavo […]

24 Dec 2018

The Sustainability Paradox: Palm Oil’s Continued Destruction of the Orangutans By Riley Forson

Iceland’s Christmas advert has reminded the public of the deadly struggle between the palm oil industry and the very survival of the Bornean and Sumatran Orangutans. Both the Bornean and Sumatran Orangutans are critically endangered species listed on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Mammals and Appendix I CITES; this is despite continued efforts to brand palm oil as sustainable and capable of co-existing with the Orangutans. The questions we have to ask ourselves are, how […]

28 Oct 2018

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 the third dedicated to completing the dissertation or “research project”. Before this I gained my undergraduate degree in law at the University of Birmingham, which is where I became interested in the idea of animal law. During the course of my […]

23 Oct 2018

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 donkeys I saw, especially considering the abject suffering they have been through to find a home with the charity. El Refugio Del Burrito, alongside its UK counter-part, The Donkey Sanctuary, works tirelessly to try to end the cruelty inflicted on donkeys […]

14 Oct 2018

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 informs our laws today. Throughout history humanity has drawn some fairly arbitrary lines between different animal species when choosing friends, foes, and food. Cats were worshipped in ancient Egypt, dogs have been our companions for thousands of years, yet other species […]

16 Sep 2018

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 us share a love, or at least fascination, for elephants. However, our desire to get up close and personal has fuelled a cruel and dark tourism industry, built on our interest and their suffering. The behaviour of Asian elephants Asian elephants […]

23 Jun 2018

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 often a key step towards a certain career. There are many factors to consider when choosing the best masters for you. Below are some useful sources which may enhance your search. Useful Sources One valuable source of information is the concise […]

01 Jun 2018

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 Commission and the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission. It is at the crack of dawn. I woke up about 25 minutes ago, took a very brief shower and dressed in a light t-shirt and some jungle trousers and walked to the sitting […]

01 May 2018

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 extreme suffering. This blog discusses Tennessee Walking Horses, a breed which has been subjected to severe cruelty in the name of aesthetics. The Tennessee Walking Horse natural gait is a smooth 4 beat gait known as the running walk, with the […]