Category : News

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also announced it intends to update statutory animal welfare codes of practice, which have long been considered to be outdated.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 […]

25 Jul 2017

Lords’ ‘Brexit: Farm Animal Welfare’ report published

Today the House of Lords EU Energy and Environment Subcommittee released its ‘Brexit: Farm Animal Welfare’ report. The report is the result of the Subcommittee’s mini inquiry into the potential effects of the UK leaving the European Union on farmed animal welfare, which was conducted earlier this year and to which ALAW submitted a written contribution in conjunction with Wildlife and Countryside Link. Key findings and recommendations include: UK farmers could find themselves to be uncompetitive if imports from countries […]

24 Jul 2017

Animal Welfare discussed in House of Commons

Last Thursday Michael Gove MP, the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, stated that the government intends to keep existing animal welfare standards as a minimum once Britain leaves the EU. Whilst taking oral questions in the House of Commons, Gove said, “There will be no compromise on our standards.” Gove confirmed that article 13 of the Lisbon Treaty, which recognises animals as sentient beings, would be part of the Repeal Bill, but stated, “Before we entered […]

22 Jun 2017

EECLR vote in favour of relaxing Scottish tail docking laws

Last Tuesday Scotland’s Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee (ECCLR) voted in favour of a motion to allow tail docking in spaniels and hunt point retrievers. A full chamber vote in the Scottish Parliament will now take place. The motion proposes permitting tail docking of up to a third in working spaniel and hunt point retriever puppies under five days old. Support for the amendment has been criticised by the British Veterinary Association (BVA). Melissa Donald, BVA Scottish Branch […]

13 Jun 2017

First OIE Global Strategy for Animal Welfare adopted by 180 countries

The first OIE Global Strategy on Animal Welfare has been adopted by 180 countries. The aim of the Strategy is to achieve “A world where the welfare of animals is respected, promoted and advanced, in ways that complement the pursuit of animal health, human well-being, socio-economic development and environmental sustainability.” The Strategy is based on four principles: Development of international animal welfare standards; Enhancement of capacity building and training of Veterinary Services; Communication with governments, national and international organisations, and […]

15 May 2017

Scottish Parliament to ban use of wild animals in circuses

The Scottish Parliament has announced it will introduce a range of new animal welfare regulations, including a ban on the use of wild animals in traveling circuses. The Scottish Environment Secretary, Roseanna Cunningham, announced on Thursday last week that a new Bill would be introduced to ban wild animals in travelling circuses on ethical grounds. Cunningham said the use of wild animals in circuses “is widely considered to be morally unacceptable in the present day.” Other measures which will be introduced […]

11 May 2017

ALAW proud to be part of Animal Protection 2017

ALAW is proud to be part of a coalition of 21 animal welfare charities that are calling on party leaders to pledge to maintain the UK’s existing animal protection laws. Jointly, we are asking party leaders and parliamentary candidates to pledge to: Defend animal protection laws and regulations, and to strengthen them where appropriate, including the Animal Welfare Act, the Hunting Act, the Protection of Badgers Act, the Wildlife and Countryside Act, and the Welfare of Farmed Animals regulations; and, […]

04 Apr 2017

RSPCA releases latest ‘Prosecutions Annual Report’

The RSPCA has released its latest ‘Prosecutions Annual Report.’ The Report, which covers prosecutions activity in England and Wales, shows that in 2016 the RSPCA received 1,153,744 calls to its cruelty line. Just under 150,000 complaints of cruelty were investigated. Welfare improvement notices were issued in 84,725 cases, and 1,477 convictions were secured against 744 defendants in magistrates’ courts. The RSPCA reports a 92.5% prosecution success rate (the CPS prosecution success rate in magistrates’ courts is around 83%). The vast majority […]

03 Apr 2017

MPs debate animal cruelty sentencing and dog licensing in England

On Thursday 30th March, MPs debated animal cruelty sentencing and dog licensing in England. Neil Parish MP introduced the debate by calling for the maximum penalty for animal cruelty to be increased from six months to five years and for third party sales of dogs to be banned. Parish remarked during the debate that, “We should…consider the message that it sends if the sentence for beating to death a sentient being that relies entirely on human care is less than […]