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29 Oct 2019

October Book of the Month: ‘Animal Dignity Protection in Swiss Law – Status Quo and Future Perspectives’ by Gieri Bollinger

An inspiring book and useful guide to anyone following discussions about legal recognition of sentient animals in the United Kingdom post Brexit (when Article 13, Treaty of Functioning of the European Union will no longer apply). The book outlines the progressive attitude in Switzerland to the legislative and constitutional protection of animals. Unlike the UK, the legislature in Switzerland is not only empowered to bring in laws protecting animals, a constitutional amendment obliges it to do so. Another significant and […]

27 Oct 2019

The Inaugural Canadian Animal Law Conference by Michelle Strauss

The first ever Canadian Animal Law Conference was hosted by the Schulich School of Law and Animal Justice in Halifax on October 4-6. Three A-law members attended and presented at the conference: Edie Bowles, Danielle Duffield, and me. To open the event, the highly esteemed philosopher – and according to some, the father of the modern animal rights movement – Professor Peter Singer gave the keynote speech. From a utilitarian perspective, Singer stated that the most pressing issue facing the […]

20 Oct 2019

Jallikattu: A Tradition of Torture By Shubhendu Shekhar

A widely practiced activity in the Southern part of the Indian subcontinent is called jallikattu. Typically practiced in the state of Tamil Nadu, jallikattu is a traditional spectacle in which a bull is released into a crowd. Human participants attempt to grab the large hump on the bull’s back with both arms and hang on while the bull attempts to escape. Whoever tames the bull is the winner. It’s difficult to argue against tradition and culture, but Indian’s animal cruelty […]

25 Sep 2019

September Book of the Month: ‘Beyond Cages: Animal Law and Criminal Punishment’ by Justin Marceau

Justin Marceau’s ground-breaking work challenges a widely held belief within the animal protection movement: that more severe criminal punishments against animal abusers advance protections for animals. The book persuasively argues that the movement should pause to consider whether these efforts to implement tougher sentences for animal abuse are in fact effective, or morally justifiable. Marceau reflects on the animal protection movement in the United States by considering the work of animal advocates to alongside other struggles for social justice. In […]

18 Sep 2019

Illinois joins the battle against animal testing By Jasmine Korab-Karpowicz

Illinois recently became the third U.S. state to ban animal testing, after California and Nevada passed similar legislation in the past year. The passing of bill SB 241 is a huge accomplishment  and, hopefully, a step towards reducing the number of animals used for research purposes. Last month, SB 241 passed in the legislature, and with the governor’s approval became Public Act 101-0303, which amends the Illinois Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. This new Act sets out that it is […]

01 Sep 2019

How Insufficient Law Enforcement is Failing the Gorillas in the DRC by Riley Forson

The Democratic Republic of Congo (the DRC) is one of just a handful of locations where gorillas still roam freely in the wild. In fact, the Grauer’s gorilla subspecies, or eastern lowland gorilla, is only found in the eastern DRC. According to the WWF, Gorillas share 98.3% of their DNA with humans, making them our closest cousins after bonobos and chimpanzees, with shocking intellectual and emotional similarities to humans. But gorillas have been decreasing in number for decades. A 2010 […]

11 Aug 2019

Seahorse Trust granted permission to bring judicial review of decision to allow drilling for oil in Poole bay

The Seahorse Trust has been granted permission by a High Court Judge to proceed to a full hearing on the merits of its application for judicial review. The group has asked the court to review the lawfulness of a decision by the Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy to allow Corallian Energy to extend a licence to drill for oil in Poole Bay, Dorset, reportedly only six km from Studland Bay, an important nature reserve. The decision […]

27 Jul 2019

JULY BOOK OF THE MONTH: ‘FABULOUS FINN’ BY Dave Wardell and Lynne Barrett-Lee

We are giving you with a feel-good book for the summer. Fabulous Finn by Dave Wardell and Lynne Barrett-Lee tells the story behind Finn’s Law, which came into force earlier this year. Many people will now be familiar with the story of Finn, the police dog who is the subject of this book. Finn was seriously injured in the line of duty, and this book recounts the circumstances and aftermath of Finn’s attack, including the impact of the attack, both […]

21 Jul 2019

Three Canadian Lawyers Shaping the Future for Animals By Kate Fowler

This is the final piece in a series focusing on the female lawyers featured in the multimedia documentary project Unbound, co-founded by acclaimed photojournalist Jo-Anne McArthur (We Animals, The Ghosts in Our Machine) and Dr Keri Cronin (Department of Visual Arts, Brock University). Find out more at unboundproject.org In Canada, as elsewhere, the field of animal law is burgeoning. Here, we speak with three exceptional lawyers, all committed vegans, who use the law as a tool for animal liberation. Lesli Bisgould is a […]

08 Jul 2019

a-law offers subsidised student places for the second conference on animal law, ethcis & policy

The UK Centre for Animal Law (A-law) and Liverpool John Moores University are proud to host their second Animal Law, Ethics and Policy Conference 2019. The conference will take place over two days at Liverpool John Moores University in Liverpool on September 10th and 11th. We are very pleased to make available 65 free student tickets (subject to a £5.00 registration fee and limited to one per person) for this two-day conference. This heavily discounted rate has been made possible […]