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05 Oct 2016

Slaughterhouse workers jailed after ALAW intervention

ALAW welcomes the prison sentences handed down today to two slaughterhouse workers who were filmed gratuitously assaulting fully conscious pigs. The footage was filmed at Cheale Meats in Essex using a covert CCTV device installed by an investigator working with the campaign group Animal Aid.  When the footage was recovered, it showed one worker stubbing out cigarettes on pigs’ snouts.  Another worker was filmed beating pigs, with one pig being beaten 30 times in a minute, forcing the animal to sit […]

19 Sep 2016

DEFRA publishes review of regulations around racing greyhound welfare

DEFRA publishes review into the effectiveness of the Welfare of Racing Greyhound Regulations 2010. Under the Regulations, all tracks should: have a veterinary surgeon present at all race meetings and trials; with each greyhound examined by the vet prior to racing or trialling and no greyhound being allowed to run if the vet deems it is unfit to race for any reason; • ensure that the veterinary surgeon has suitable facilities; • provide an adequate number of suitably ventilated kennels; […]

21 Aug 2016

Day of Action: Animals Are Not Freight – 29th August 2016

Show your support for ending long distance transportation of live animals by getting involved in the Animals Are Not Freight Day of Action on Monday 29th August 2016. Animals Are Not Freight (www.notfreight.org) is encouraging individuals and organisations to get behind the movement to end this controversial practice, which sees millions of animals transported in inhumane and dangerous conditions every year. The 29th August has been chosen since it marks the 20th anniversary of one of the greatest tragedies of the […]

15 May 2016

University of Winchester launches new Centre for Animal Welfare

The University of Winchester has opened a new Centre for Animal Welfare (CAW) which will undertake research, teaching and public engagement in the field of animal welfare. An official opening of the Centre will take place on Saturday 21st May at the University’s West Downs campus. Entry is free, but attendees must register in advance. Click here to book now. The University already offers a BA (Hons) Animal Welfare and Society undergraduate degree course, alongside a MSc Animal Welfare Science, […]

27 Apr 2016

IMG_4693In April, ALAW Student Officer, Edwina, and Student Coordinator, Sally, attended the Public Interest Environmental Law (PIEL) conference at Cass Business School.

The conference itself was well attended with a range of different professions, although mostly lawyers, there were also environmentalists, economists and journalists who naturally took an interest in the day and the subject matter.

The conference was titled  “Climate Talks After Paris: Beyond the Pledges” and explored the landscape for environmental law post the Paris Agreement, which was the result of the 21st Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC that took place in Paris in December 2015.

FullSizeRenderThe day provided insight from an impressive line up of speakers, from former UNFCCC Secretariat Kirsty Scheeberger to Head of Legal at Friends of the Earth, Gita Parihar. The event was finished off with a speech from Ned Westaway, PIEL’s founder, to mark PIEL’s 10 year anniversary.

Edwina and Sally set up an ALAW stall at the event to inform the attendees of the work we do. They had a lot of interest and we really hope this marks increased communication between the environmental and animal law community.

27 Apr 2016

ALAW welcomes new trustee: Mike Radford, OBE LLB

ALAW is pleased to announce that Mike Radford, OBE LLB has joined our board of trustees. Mike is Reader in Law at the University of Aberdeen. He established the first UK animal welfare law course in 1992, since when he has taught and lectured widely on the subject in addition to working extensively on the development of animal welfare law and policy with politicians, officials, veterinarians, NGOs, and other interested parties. Mike is presently a trustee of Dogs Trust, the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare, […]

27 Apr 2016

ALAW pursues stronger sentencing in animal cruelty cases

We have received a number of enquiries from people concerned about inadequate sentencing in cases of animal cruelty. As a legal charity concerned exclusively with animal welfare issues, we have raised concerns about the sentencing regime for animal cruelty cases to a Parliamentary Committee (The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Sub-Committee), which is currently examining domestic animal welfare provisions. Read more about the progress of the EFRA Sub-Committee here. ALAW put in written submissions to the EFRA Sub-Committee. ALAW’s […]

27 Apr 2016

EFRA Sub-Committee on animal welfare: domestic pets

Overview: The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Sub-Committee is currently holding a series of inquiries into animal welfare issues. Domestic pets including cats, dogs and horses are the initial focus of the Sub-Committee, with attention turning to exotic pets at a later date. ALAW’s involvement: ALAW has made written submissions to the Sub-Committee on the issue of leniency of sentences in animal cruelty cases. Those submissions can be read here. ALAW trustee Mike Radford has also made submissions to the […]

13 Apr 2016

Animal Law LL.M. Scholarship Opportunity in the USA

Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon, is offering the opportunity of a fully-funded LL.M. scholarship in Animal Law. The scholarship is open to international candidates who demonstrate extraordinary ability and potential in this field of law. For more information, see below or email Natasha Dolezal at [email protected] More information about the Animal Law courses offered by Lewis and Clark Law School can be found here.  

09 Apr 2016

PIEL Conference 2016: Climate talks after Paris: Beyond the Pledges

ALAW members may be interested in attending the 10th annual conference by Public Interest Environmental Law (PIEL) UK on Friday 15th April at the Cass Business School, London. The conference, titled “Climate talks after Paris: Beyond the Pledges”, boasts an extensive programme of highly-respected speakers covering a breadth of topics (see here). The programme includes a keynote speech by Ms Kirsty Schneeberger, an advisor at the Office of the Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC and co-founder of Beautiful Corporations. Ticket […]