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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 […]

13 Jul 2018

Legal help: where to go and how to pay

Individuals and groups who are interested in using the law to protect animals, either through private prosecutions, public law challenges or other forms of litigation, should find useful this Commons Library briefing paper (published on 15 June 2018) ‘Legal help: where to go and how to pay’, which provides information about sources of legal help and advice, and how to pay for it, including: Finding legal help; Self-representation; Legal aid; Pro bono legal help; Other ways of finding legal advice, […]

20 Jun 2018

CAWSEL Course on Law and Companion Animal & Horse Welfare open for registration

CAWSEL (Courses on Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law) are delighted to return to St Catharine’s College, University of Cambridge, for the Law and Companion Animal and Horse Welfare course on 12-15 September 2018. What is CAWSEL? CAWSEL is a professionally developed range of courses providing attendees with a broad appreciation of animal welfare science, ethics and law. With a legacy spanning over two decades, CAWSEL is comprised of four Courses aimed at veterinarians, veterinary nurses, animal welfare researchers, animal […]

17 Jun 2018

A-law volunteer, Alice Collinson, writes overview of UK animal law for the Animal Legal & Historical Centre

A-law Student & Academic Co-ordinator, Alice Collinson, has written an overview of animal law in the UK for the Animal Legal & Historical Centre. The Animal Legal and Historical Centre provides a full set of animal law legal material for the United States and for select countries, such as the United Kingdom. The Centre is run by Michigan State University College of Law under the editorship of Professor David Favre, one of the world’s leading animal law experts.  Alice’s overview is […]

04 Jun 2018

Latest edition of Animal Justice UK released

A-law’s Student Team is delighted to to released the fifth and latest edition of Animal Justice UK, our student eMagazine all about animal protection law and policy. Along with the latest news and reviews, in this edition: We launch our brand new feature, ‘AJUK Investigates’, which intends to highlight areas of animal protection law that are controversial, problematic or silent. We are grateful to Charlotte Hughes, who has contributed our very first ‘AJUK Investigates’ piece on badger baiting; Leicester University […]

02 May 2018

NEW ARTICLE – For the Love of Darcie: Recognising the Human–Companion Animal Relationship in Housing Law and Policy

For the Love of Darcie: Recognising the Human–Companion Animal Relationship in Housing Law and Policy is a new article written by Debbie Rook, Principal Lecturer at Northumbria University, recently published in the Liverpool Law Review. Read the full article here. The author argues that legislation is needed in the UK to prevent landlords banning pets in residential properties. Existing legal distinctions towards the treatment of animals based on their ‘use’ (companion animals, farmed animals and those used for scientific research) should […]

15 Apr 2018

A-law Annual Student Essay Competition Winners Announced

A-law’s Student Team are delighted to announce that the winners of our 2018 Annual Student Essay Competition are: 1st prize: Jessica Allen 2nd prize: Melisa Oleschuk 3rd prize: Charlotte Mekis The title of our 2018 competition was, “Consider whether animal welfare legislation should be extended to include decapods.” The standard of entries this year was extremely high. Student Officer and A-law Trustee, Edie Bowles, said, ‘The turnout of the essay competition this year was our best yet. Not only were […]

04 Feb 2018
Save The Asian Elephants Duncan McNair

A-Law spotlight on Save The Asian Elephants

Duncan McNair is a prominent corporate litigation lawyer with a longstanding interest in animal welfare causes. He is founder and CEO of Save The Asian Elephants (STAE), a Community Interest Company working for the preservation and protection of the endangered Asian elephant. McNair founded STAE in 2015 after hearing about the plight of the Asian elephant and travelling to India to elicit the facts for himself. Moved by what he saw, McNair returned to the UK and STAE was formed. In […]

16 Jan 2018

A-law joins forces with over 40 animal charities to produce the Brexit Manifesto for Animals

UK Government urged to take action on cruel puppy trade, live farm animal exports, foie gras and fur imports, farm subsidies and severe animal experiments to ensure UK can maintain its role as pioneer for animals as Britain exits EU. The UK Centre for Animal Law and Wildlife and Countryside Link[1] are today releasing a new report ‘Brexit – getting the best deal for animals’ calling on the UK Government to turn words into action for animals. The report is […]