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28 Oct 2018

My time as an MSc Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law student at the University of Glasgow by Megan Baker

Last September, I began studying an MSc in Animal Welfare, Science, Ethics and Law at the University of Glasgow. The course is split into three semesters: the first focusing on science research skills, the second ethics and law, with the third dedicated to completing the dissertation or “research project”. Before this I gained my undergraduate degree in law at the University of Birmingham, which is where I became interested in the idea of animal law. During the course of my […]

23 Oct 2018

Donkey Attractions are not Attractive: How Spanish traditions and tourist attractions are causing donkey cruelty by Riley Forson

Ever since I was a little girl, I have always held a special place in my heart for donkeys. This summer I visited El Refugio Del Burrito, and, as always, was humbled by the warmth and affection of the donkeys I saw, especially considering the abject suffering they have been through to find a home with the charity. El Refugio Del Burrito, alongside its UK counter-part, The Donkey Sanctuary, works tirelessly to try to end the cruelty inflicted on donkeys […]

21 Oct 2018

A-law teams up with WCL and Leigh Day to host Seminar about farming and animal welfare post-Brexit

On Monday 19th November 2018 A-law will be c0-hosting a free seminar with Wildlife & Countryside Link and Leigh Day about farming and animal welfare post-Brexit. The seminar, entitled ‘Agriculture & Animal Welfare Post-Brexit’, takes place in Central London from 2:00pm – 4:3opm and will feature the following presentations: Chair’s Introduction Carol Day, Consultant Solicitor, Leigh Day ‘The Agriculture Bill: Will it Secure a Green Brexit?’ Thomas Lancaster, Principal Policy Officer for Agriculture at the RSPB and Vice-Chair of the […]

14 Oct 2018

Pepys, Phyla & Philosophy: A History of Animal Welfare Law in the UK (Part One) by Corrina Lewis

This is the first in a series of posts focusing on the history and philosophy of UK animal law, containing a brief overview and looking at some of the people whose ideas have shaped the view of animals that informs our laws today. Throughout history humanity has drawn some fairly arbitrary lines between different animal species when choosing friends, foes, and food. Cats were worshipped in ancient Egypt, dogs have been our companions for thousands of years, yet other species […]

16 Sep 2018

Nature’s Slaves: The Dark Side of Elephant Tourism in Asia by Riley Forson

When we think of elephants we conjure the image of a gentle giant wandering free. For the Asian elephant that would be in its jungle habitat found in India, Thailand and the Malay Peninsula. As a species, many of us share a love, or at least fascination, for elephants. However, our desire to get up close and personal has fuelled a cruel and dark tourism industry, built on our interest and their suffering. The behaviour of Asian elephants Asian elephants […]

02 Sep 2018

The need for legislation to ban the use of ‘no pet’ covenants in residential leases and supported accommodation

There is a growing body of research showing that people enjoy social, psychological and physical health benefits from living with their companion animals. Yet in the important area of housing, the law does nothing to protect the human-companion animal relationship. Each year thousands of people are forced to relinquish their beloved companion animals when their circumstances change and they move into rental accommodation that bans pets. Vulnerable people, such as the elderly, mentally ill and homeless, are particularly at risk […]

13 Jul 2018

Legal help: where to go and how to pay

Individuals and groups who are interested in using the law to protect animals, either through private prosecutions, public law challenges or other forms of litigation, should find useful this Commons Library briefing paper (published on 15 June 2018) ‘Legal help: where to go and how to pay’, which provides information about sources of legal help and advice, and how to pay for it, including: Finding legal help; Self-representation; Legal aid; Pro bono legal help; Other ways of finding legal advice, […]

23 Jun 2018

Want to study animal law? How will you choose the right masters for you? by Ann Broadhurst

Animal welfare is a very important topic, and the future of it depends on animal laws. For those who wish to study animal law, what options are available and how accessible is the information? Undertaking a masters course is often a key step towards a certain career. There are many factors to consider when choosing the best masters for you. Below are some useful sources which may enhance your search. Useful Sources One valuable source of information is the concise […]

20 Jun 2018

CAWSEL Course on Law and Companion Animal & Horse Welfare open for registration

CAWSEL (Courses on Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law) are delighted to return to St Catharine’s College, University of Cambridge, for the Law and Companion Animal and Horse Welfare course on 12-15 September 2018. What is CAWSEL? CAWSEL is a professionally developed range of courses providing attendees with a broad appreciation of animal welfare science, ethics and law. With a legacy spanning over two decades, CAWSEL is comprised of four Courses aimed at veterinarians, veterinary nurses, animal welfare researchers, animal […]

17 Jun 2018

A-law volunteer, Alice Collinson, writes overview of UK animal law for the Animal Legal & Historical Centre

A-law Student & Academic Co-ordinator, Alice Collinson, has written an overview of animal law in the UK for the Animal Legal & Historical Centre. The Animal Legal and Historical Centre provides a full set of animal law legal material for the United States and for select countries, such as the United Kingdom. The Centre is run by Michigan State University College of Law under the editorship of Professor David Favre, one of the world’s leading animal law experts.  Alice’s overview is […]