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14 Jun 2021

House of Commons International Trade Committee holds Virtual Evidence Session on Method of Production Labelling for Animal Products

By Iyan Offer, Law Lecturer and member of ALAW Scottish Steering Committee Could Brexit provide the stimulus needed for the UK Government to implement mandatory method of production labelling for animal products (like it already does for eggs)? There is certainly hope, with ongoing consultations moving in a positive direction. On 25 March, the House of Commons International Trade Select Committee hosted virtual evidence session (available on demand) with expert witnesses (Dr Iyan Offor (Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law & Governance), David Bowles (RSPCA), Minette […]

14 May 2021

Animal Sentience – Job Part Done: A perspective on the Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill from Mike Radford

By Mike Radford, Reader in Animal Welfare Law & UK Constitutional Law Today, the UK Government published its long-awaited Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill (Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill [HL] – Parliamentary Bills – UK Parliament), the latest attempt to incorporate into UK law the duty imposed on the governments of member states under Article 13 of Title ll of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. In doing so, it claims the legislation will “ensure that animal sentience is […]

14 May 2021

The devil is in the detail: A less than warm reception from our legal team to the Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill

By A-law’s Senior Policy Team Whilst we acknowledge the symbolic importance of recognising animal sentience in law, the real importance of this legislation (which is intended to replace Article 13, Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union) is in how to discharge the duty to take into account the welfare needs of animals as sentient beings when formulating and implementing Government policy. We welcome that legislation will recognise the need to consider animal welfare as part of policymaking across […]

07 May 2021

Student Ambassador Spotlight: Dara Eisen

What are you studying and where? I am studying for a PhD in Law at Durham University. My research focuses on cultural practices and how they interact with international law. Has your Student Ambassador role had an impact on your research? In my role as ambassador, I attended the last A-law conference at Liverpool John Moores University, where I learned about the ban on seal hunting and how it had impacted certain groups of people. The presenter asked the audience, […]

19 Apr 2021

Is 2021 the year the UK finally bans foie gras?

By Jenny Canham, Campaigns and Public Affairs Specialist, Animal Equality UK   Animal Equality, a leading animal protection organisation, has joined with cross-party MP representatives to respond to DEFRA’s recent announcement of plans to implement a ban on foie gras imports ‘in the next few months’. In the latest issue of The Observer,1 Animal Equality released an open letter urging George Eustice MP and Lord Zac Goldsmith to share a concrete roadmap, publicly outlining when and how the ban will […]

02 Apr 2021

World Aquatic Animal Day 2021 & UK Legal Protections for Fish

By Otis Graham, barrister April 3 marked the second celebration of World Aquatic Animal Day, an occasion created by the Lewis & Clark Law School and its Aquatic Animal Law Initiative (AALI). The theme this year is ‘The Impact of Our Human Activities on Aquatic Animals’. Human activity impacts aquatic animals (fish and other animals with aquatic habitats) in many ways. An estimated 0.79-2.3 trillion fish are wild caught and killed for food globally every year, and billions more are […]

31 Mar 2021

Sentient Rights v. Animal Rights: Advantages and Disadvantages

By Pablo P. Castelló, PhD Candidate in Philosophy at Royal Holloway University of London   Philosopher Alasdair Cochrane has recently developed the notion of sentient rights, a system that would recognise all sentient animals as bearers of rights.i He interprets Peter Singer’s understanding of sentience as “the capacity for conscious experience,” and thus contends that this implies sentient animals “have a sense of ‘self’”, insofar as they can “experience the world and their place in it”.ii This also means such […]

25 Mar 2021

Student Ambassador Spotlight: Mary Legge of Edinburgh University

We interviewed our Student Ambassador from Edinburgh University and Chair of its newly formed A-law Student Chapter.   Mary is a first-year graduate law student at the University of Edinburgh. She aspires to use her legal career to contribute to improving animal welfare standards and promote education of animal law. We commend her on the recent development of her A-law Student Chapter at Edinburgh University. You can find the new chapter on Instagram at: @uoealaw, on Twitter: @UoEALAW and on Facebook at: […]

12 Mar 2021

World Wildlife Day 2021 and the Oak Flat Dispute

By Denise Ho, law student In its 68th session, the United Nations General Assembly declared March 3rd to be World Wildlife Day. Since 2013, the date has marked an annual celebration of wildlife, bringing awareness and appreciation to the dense ecosystems we cohabit with on this planet. Each unique ecosystem is like a living individual. They are home to an immeasurable range of species that compose an important part of their foundations. Due to climate change brought about by humanity’s […]

19 Feb 2021

Andrew Rosindell MP: It’s Time for a Pet in Every Home!

by Andrew Rosindell M.P.   Our pets have been worth their weight in gold during lockdown. In an age of isolation, our beloved feline and canine companions have been a vital source of companionship when most human interaction has been suspended. This is particularly true for people living alone, for whom loneliness has been a constant problem this past year. Without the companionship of their pet, there would be no escape from that awful feeling of being alone. Indeed, people living […]