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20 Dec 2017
Animal Justice UK

Fourth edition of our eMagazine, Animal Justice UK, released

A-law’s Student Group has released its latest edition of Animal Justice UK, and as you will see, the eMagazine has a new look to tie in with A-law’s rebrand. In this edition, barrister and A-law Chairperson, Paula Sparks, discusses A-law’s relaunch and plans for 2018. Tiffany Mitchell writes about our animal of the issue, the chicken, revealing the species has complex communication skills and a high level of intelligence. Kelly Levenda writes about the need to give greater consideration to […]

12 Dec 2017

Draft Animal Welfare (Sentencing and Recognition of Sentience) Bill Released

The Government has released a draft Animal Welfare (Sentencing and Recognition of Sentience) Bill 2017, which will enshrine animal sentience in UK domestic law and increase animal cruelty sentences to a maximum of five years’ imprisonment in England and Wales.   Section 1 of the draft Bill reads:   Welfare needs of animals as sentient beings (1) Ministers of the Crown must have regard to the welfare needs of animals as sentient beings in formulating and implementing government policy. (2) […]

29 Nov 2017
A-law Animal Sentience Briefing Note

A-law releases legal briefing note on Brexit, Article 13, and “animal sentience”

Introduction and summary On 15 November 2017 a vote took place in the House of Commons on a proposed amendment to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill (the Withdrawal Bill). The amendment (referred to as “New Clause 30”, or “NC30”) sought to incorporate into UK law Article 13 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU). Article 13 states that the EU and its member States “shall, since animals are sentient beings, pay full regard to the welfare requirements […]

14 Nov 2017

Government confirms all English abattoirs will have to install CCTV

After concluding its consultation, the Government has announced it will proceed with plans to make CCTV mandatory in all registered slaughterhouses in England, regardless of size. In total there was 3,869 responses to the consultation, the vast majority of which were from the general public. 3,838 respondents were in favour of the introduction of mandatory CCTV, demonstrating overwhelming support for this policy. In light of the responses, the Government has decided that recordings should be retained by the slaughterhouse for […]

02 Oct 2017

Sentences for Animal Cruelty Offences in England to be increased to Five Years

Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, has announced plans to increase maximum sentences for cruelty to animals in England from six months to five years. Having more punitive sentences at their disposal will, according to DEFRA, allow the courts to better deal with extremely shocking cases of animal cruelty. The announcement has been welcomed by animal protection charities, including Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, which launched a campaign to increase sentences to five years earlier this year. David Bowles, head of public […]

06 Sep 2017

Scotland to increase animal cruelty sentences to five years

Scotland has announced it will increase sentences for animal cruelty offences to 5 years over the next Parliamentary year. The announcement was made in its 2017/18 Programme for Government, along with other animal welfare measures, including: * A public information campaign on the risks of buying puppies online and rehoming dogs from abraod; * Amending the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006 to increase sentences for animal cruelty offences to a maximum of 5 years in the most serious […]

26 Aug 2017

Animal Law, Ethics and Legal Education Programme Released

The programme for our upcoming Animal Law, Ethics and Legal Education Conference is available now! We are hosting the event on Tuesday 5th September in conjunction with Liverpool John Moore University’s Law School, and we have some fantastic talks lined up from speakers including animal law expert, Mike Radford OBE, Compassion in World Farming‘s Peter Stevenson, Chris Butler-Stroud, chief executive of Whale and Dolphin Conservation, and many many more. Places are still available, so if you’d like to book a place, visithttps://www.ljmu.ac.uk/…/animal-law-ethics-and-legal-educat…. […]

14 Aug 2017

Free Animal Sentience Webinars

Two free webinars about animal sentience and the law will take place next month. The first webinar takes place on Wednesday 6th September and will be hosted by barrister and animal law expert, Ian Robertson. The title of the first webinar is “How do you want the law to define sentience so that it benefits people and animals?” The second webinar will take place on Thursday 7th September and will be hosted by Dr Kate Litten, who works for the […]

11 Aug 2017

CCTV in Slaughterhouses and Codes of Practice Consultations

Michael Gove today announced plans to make CCTV mandatory in all slaughterhouses in England. Under the proposals, Official Veterinarians and officials from the Food Standards Agency (FSA) will be given unrestricted access to footage. The announcement has been welcomed by the British Veterinary Association (BVA), the FSA, and animal protection charities. Alongside these plans, the government also announced it intends to update statutory animal welfare codes of practice, which have long been considered to be outdated. The first code of […]

27 Jul 2017

ASA clears ‘Humane Milk is a Myth’ advert

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has cleared a newspaper advert which uses the phrase “Humane Milk is a Myth,” after receiving seven complaints, some of which came from within the dairy industry. The complainants suggested that the claims made in the advert were inaccurate and did not reflect how dairy cattle were treated in the UK. The ASA, which regulates advertising in the UK, refused to uphold the complaints against the Go Vegan World advert because the claims made in […]