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26 Feb 2014

Horsemeat scandal review

26 February 2014 A recent report in the Daily Telegraph by Duncan McNair looks back to the horsemeat scandal of last year and asks – has anything changed? “A year on, the only ongoing action by government is the Elliott review. Commenting on the interim report last month, Owen Paterson, the Environment Secretary, claimed ‘there are good systems in place to ensure UK consumers have access to some of the safest food in the world’ and that ‘the UK food industry […]

05 Dec 2013

Lawsuit filed on behalf of chimp seeking personhood

5 December 2013 The following statement was published by the Nonhuman Rights Project in America this week: This morning at 10.00 E.T., the Nonhuman Rights Project filed suit in Fulton County Court in the state of New York on behalf of Tommy, a chimpanzee, who is being held captive in a cage in a shed at a used trailer lot in Gloversville. This is the first of three suits we are filing this week. The second will be filed on Tuesday […]

27 Nov 2013

ALAW response to Ministry of Justice consultation on reform of judicial review

27 November 2013 ALAW has responded to the Ministry of Justice consultation on reform of judicial review. Our response focused on three areas where we are concerned that proposals could impact negatively upon the ability of NGO’s to challenge unlawful decisions which impact negatively upon animal welfare. These areas are standing, third party interventions and protective costs orders (PCOs). Whilst the proposals are likely to impact generally upon the ability of individuals and groups to challenge the decisions of public […]

27 Nov 2013

Seal product ban in Europe upheld by the WTO

27 November 2013 The seal product ban in Europe has been upheld by the World Trade Organisation. Click here to read the full WTO report Further information is available on the CBC News website at: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/seal-product-ban-upheld-on-ethical-grounds-1.2438904

27 Nov 2013

Born Free – new paper on zoo regulation enforcement

27 November 2013 Born Free Foundation, in conjunction with the University of Bristol, have published a paper in the journal “Animals” entitled “Do formal inspections ensure that British zoos meet and improve on minimum animal welfare standards?” The research found: “Key aims of the formal inspections of British zoos are to assess compliance with minimum standards of animal welfare and promote improvements in animal care and husbandry. We compared reports from two consecutive inspections of 136 British zoos to see […]

04 Nov 2013

EU ban on commercial seal products upheld

04 NOVEMBER 2013 The European Court of Justice preserved the EU’s ban on commercial seal product trade when it dismissed an appeal by sealing and fur trade interests. Click here to read the judgement

19 Sep 2013

Animal Law and Public Policy Conference

ALAW and the Centre for Animals and Social Justice (CASJ) are pleased to jointly host this two day conference Location: Charity Centre, Directory of Social Change, 24 Stephenson Way, London NW1 2DP Date: Monday 2nd and Tuesday 3rd December 2013 The conference will provide a comprehensive review of the legal and public policy aspects of animal campaigning, covering areas such as freedom of information, judicial review, funding legal actions, libel laws, covert investigations, law enforcement, animal welfare in public policy, lobbying and protest as well […]

19 Sep 2013

A screening of the docu-film Blackfish

19th November 2013 ALAW welcomes you to a viewing of the film Blackfish followed by a short talk from Kate Harrison solicitor, a specialist in environmental law. The film will be shown at Doughty Street chambers as part of ALAW’s ongoing seminar program. Kate Harrison will then talk about her work as an environmental lawyer and its relevance for animal protection campaigners. Read more about the film below…… Blackfish tells the story of Tilikum, a performing killer whale that killed […]

19 Sep 2013

Academic conference

19 September 2013 A further reminder that ALAW is hosting an academic conference in partnership with the University of Essex. If you are an academic who would like to submit a paper for the conference or you are interested in attending or taking part please contact Alan Bates at [email protected]

22 Jul 2013

Parlimentary report – wild animals in circuses

22 July 2013 The report of the Parliamentary committee into the use of wild animals in circuses has now been published. The report concludes: “…that the Government revise its approach to the Bill so that a Schedule be attached that contains a proscribed list of animals which can no longer be used in travelling circuses. Initially, for example, there would be a ban on all big cat species and elephants but not on, say, snakes, camels, zebras or racoons. The […]