Category : News

15 Feb 2017

Research reveals certain wild animal welfare issues receive far more media attention than others

A study by Oxford University’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU) and World Animal Protection has found that certain wild animal welfare issues receive far more media attention than others. Researchers analysed over 23,000 mainstream media articles which were published in 2014, and found that activities such as culling, shooting and hunting received more media attention than the impact of activities such as commercial fishing, marine debris and pollution. As a result, the study concludes that an animal welfare issue is […]

19 Jan 2017

Petition to Close UK’s Domestic Ivory Market

Will Travers OBE, President and CEO of the Born Free Foundation has asked that we share this petition to close the UK domestic ivory market. The aim is to acquire a minimum of 100,000 signatures so that this Petition is considered for debate in Parliament. Please SHARE AND PROMOTE the link: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/165905 Diminishing elephant populations across Africa due to the ivory trade is an international concern and the UK has the opportunity to help end this global poaching crisis now. […]

11 Jan 2017

Government urged not to “trade away” animal welfare standards post-Brexit

A Report by the Environmental Audit Committee has urged the Government to guarantee it will not “trade away” animal welfare standards after we leave the EU. ‘The Future of the Natural Environment after the EU Referendum’ report makes a number of recommendations to the Government, including: Introducing an Environmental Protection Act which will maintain and enforce environmental standards once we leave the EU; Undertaking an assessment of the resources needed to replace current EU funding to ensure farm businesses remain […]

12 Dec 2016

Giraffes now considered ‘threatened with extinction’ after numbers decline by up to 40% since 1985

The wild giraffe population has been recognised as ‘threatened with extinction’ by the IUCN Red List. The Red List has increased the status of the giraffe from “Least Concern” to “Vulnerable” due to a 36-40% decline in the species since 1985. The ICUN attributes this decline to the growing human population, illegal hunting, habitat loss and change due to agricultural expansion and mining, growing human/wildlife conflict, and civil unrest in the countries to which they are native. Julian Fennessy, co-chair […]

12 Dec 2016

Report concludes CCTV should not be made mandatory in Welsh slaughterhouses

A Welsh Government commissioned report has concluded “there is simply not sufficient basis on which to make CCTV a mandatory requirement in abattoirs in Wales”. According to a report by the Safeguarding Animal Welfare at Slaughter Task and Finish Group, CCTV can be a useful additional tool for helping to improve animal welfare at slaughterhouses. However, the Group does not think CCTV should be mandatory as there ‘no evidence’ that CCTV contributes to greater compliance. Instead, the Group concludes that […]

21 Nov 2016

Lecture in Limoges

On 10 November 2016, Hannah Brown, ALAW’s Legal and Project Manager, spoke at a conference in Limoges, France on the status of animals in common law jurisdictions. The conference, entitled “The links between ethics and law—the example of animals” looked at the way ethic influences the law in the context of animals and was organised by the Law and Economic Sciences Departments at the University of Limoges. Hannah explained how under common law, people are categorised as persons and animals are categorised as things, […]

21 Nov 2016

Protection of Wild Animals (Scotland) Act 2002 hampers investigation and prosecution of hunting offences, according to review

A Review of the Protection of Wild Animals (Scotland) Act 2002 by Lord Bonomy has concluded that the legislation overly complicates the detection, investigation, and prosecution of the offences it covers. Furthermore, the Review concludes that there are grounds for suspecting that illegal hunts are taking place. Recommendations include: The Act should be given more clarity and the offences it covers should be simplified. Part-time hunt monitors should be appointed to randomly observe hunts using packs of dogs. Alternatively, a […]

16 Nov 2016

EFRA Committee publishes ‘Animal Welfare in England: Domestic Pets’ inquiry report

The EFRA (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) Committee today published its Animal Welfare in England: Domestic Pets inquiry Report. ALAW contributed to the inquiry consultation period earlier this year. The Report makes a number of recommendations including: Any person who breeds two or more litters a year should be licensed as a breeder. • Licensing regulations should be updated. • The age that dogs can be brought into the UK from overseas should be increased to 6 months. • Websites […]

14 Nov 2016

Licensing Consultation – DEFRA publishes summary of responses

Defra has now published its Summary of Responses to its consultation on the licensing of animal establishments in England (the “Summary”) which ran for 12 weeks from 20 December 2015 until 12 March 2016. This article sets out the Summary’s key findings. In short, respondents were very positive about updating the licensing system. The Summary is available in full here: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/552955/animal-establishments-consult-sum-resp.pdf BACKGROUND: THE EXISTING REGIME Local authorities are required by law to issue licences for specific animal-related establishments and activities, with […]

13 Oct 2016

ALAW and Wildlife & Countryside Link to hose ‘Animal Welfare and Brexit’ workshop this November

The Association of Lawyers for Animal Welfare will be hosting an ‘Animal welfare and Brexit’ workshop with the Wildlife and Countryside Link this November. The workshop will ask: what are the biggest threats to animal welfare from Brexit? How can we use Brexit as an opportunity to increase protection for animals in the UK, and overseas? How can the animal protection community speak with one voice towards clear goals for animals during the Brexit negotiations? Speakers will include lawyers and welfare […]