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11 Aug 2019

Seahorse Trust granted permission to bring judicial review of decision to allow drilling for oil in Poole bay

The Seahorse Trust has been granted permission by a High Court Judge to proceed to a full hearing on the merits of its application for judicial review. The group has asked the court to review the lawfulness of a decision by the Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy to allow Corallian Energy to extend a licence to drill for oil in Poole Bay, Dorset, reportedly only six km from Studland Bay, an important nature reserve. The decision […]

08 Jul 2019

a-law offers subsidised student places for the second conference on animal law, ethcis & policy

The UK Centre for Animal Law (A-law) and Liverpool John Moores University are proud to host their second Animal Law, Ethics and Policy Conference 2019. The conference will take place over two days at Liverpool John Moores University in Liverpool on September 10th and 11th. We are very pleased to make available 65 free student tickets (subject to a £5.00 registration fee and limited to one per person) for this two-day conference. This heavily discounted rate has been made possible […]

24 Jun 2019

A-law joins Calls for longer prison sentences for animal abusers

The UK Centre for Animal Law has joined calls on the Government to stand by its repeated promise to increase prison sentences for animal cruelty. Our chairperson, Paula Sparks, was at 10 Downing Street today (Monday 24 June) with animal welfare groups to meet the Prime Minister’s environment adviser, Lord Randall, to call for the Government to act. The 11 organisations at the meeting in 10 Downing Street were represented by: Claire Horton, Chief Executive, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home […]

23 Jun 2019

EVENT: ‘USING THE LAW TO HELP ANIMALS’, 1ST AUGUST 2019

A-law is pleased to announce it will be hosting an evening event on 1st August 2019 on the subject of ‘Using the Law to Help Animals’. As part of the event, we are welcoming special guest, Michelle Richner, from Tier im Recht (TIR) Switzerland, to discuss her impactful work. Which will be followed up by a panel discussion including Edie Bowles and Paula Sparks, on how we can use the law to help animals. Tier im Recht (TIR) has been […]

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 […]

21 Apr 2019

A-law receives grant from Effective Animal Advocacy Fund

A-law is pleased to announce it has been selected as a recipient of a grant from Animal Charity Evaluator’s (ACE) Effective Animal Advocacy Fund (EAAF). The Fund reviewed grant applications based on three criteria, namely scale, tractability and neglectedness. A-law is one of nine charities working to influence law and policy that was selected to receive a grant. We have also been recognised for our capacity-building work. A-law has received a grant totalling $19,147 (approx. £14,600) and we will be […]

24 Feb 2019

COURSES ON ANIMAL WELFARE SCIENCE, ETHICS AND LAW BACK IN CAMBRIDGE FOR 2019

Courses on Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law (CAWSEL) will return to St. Catharine’s College, University of Cambridge, for #CAWSEL19, from 8 to 20 September. CAWSEL has been running in different formats for over two decades. It brings together experts from animal welfare, including lecturers, doctors, professors and scientists renowned world-wide for their research work to share their expertise with delegates from the UK and the rest of the world. In 2018, CAWSEL welcomed participants from 12 different countries. CAWSEL […]

21 Oct 2018

A-law teams up with WCL and Leigh Day to host Seminar about farming and animal welfare post-Brexit

On Monday 19th November 2018 A-law will be c0-hosting a free seminar with Wildlife & Countryside Link and Leigh Day about farming and animal welfare post-Brexit. The seminar, entitled ‘Agriculture & Animal Welfare Post-Brexit’, takes place in Central London from 2:00pm – 4:3opm and will feature the following presentations: Chair’s Introduction Carol Day, Consultant Solicitor, Leigh Day ‘The Agriculture Bill: Will it Secure a Green Brexit?’ Thomas Lancaster, Principal Policy Officer for Agriculture at the RSPB and Vice-Chair of the […]

02 Sep 2018

The need for legislation to ban the use of ‘no pet’ covenants in residential leases and supported accommodation

There is a growing body of research showing that people enjoy social, psychological and physical health benefits from living with their companion animals. Yet in the important area of housing, the law does nothing to protect the human-companion animal relationship. Each year thousands of people are forced to relinquish their beloved companion animals when their circumstances change and they move into rental accommodation that bans pets. Vulnerable people, such as the elderly, mentally ill and homeless, are particularly at risk […]