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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 […]

18 Feb 2021

International Marine Mammal Protection Day: Law Reform to Protect Marine Mammals Globally

By Chris Butler-Stroud and Sarah Dolman, Whale and Dolphin Conservation   For International Marine Mammal Protection Day, we asked WCD what laws they would like to see changed to protect marine mammals. This is their response.    The increasing pressures that marine mammals face worldwide, including bycatch and pollution (noise, litter, and chemical), remain an ongoing conservation and welfare challenge. In all ocean basins, anthropogenic impacts are leading to population declines and extinctions. Entire populations as well as individuals are […]

16 Feb 2021

Legal insight into the impact of factory farming on human health

By Cathy Jaquiss & Alexis Slatter, barristers-at-law The recent judicial opinion in McKiver v. Murphy-Brown, LLC (4th Cir. 2020) features insightful analysis of what happens when the farming industry forgets that better treatment of non-human animals will benefit humans. Documenting the worst of factory farming practices, McKiver looks at how awareness of the adverse effects of poor farming practices on humans, especially frequently marginalised groups, may lead to an advancement in the welfare of non-human animals. The judicial opinion found […]

09 Feb 2021

Book of the Month: Randall S. Abate’s ‘What Can Animal Law Learn from Environmental Law?’

The book “What Can Animal Law Learn from Environmental Law?”, now in its second edition, is at once a legal textbook (though a fairly accessible one) and a call to action. It’s a veritable treatise on the answer to the title question, as well as the answer to the reverse. Professor Abate’s well-curated book features 29 chapters of dense research and compelling arguments, each written by established professors and leaders of their fields. The wisdom in comparing and combining the […]

05 Feb 2021

Changes to Regulations Regarding Emotional Support Animals on Airplanes

By Angelica Botta, LLB   Last month, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced it has amended the Air Carrier Access Act, affecting the regulations concerning service animals and emotional support animals. The department received more than 15,000 comments from passengers with disabilities, airlines, flight attendants, airport staff, and members of the public regarding air travel with animals. The allowance of emotional support animals (ESA) on airplanes is a controversial topic, with one side of the continual argument relying on the […]

21 Jan 2021

Declaring Wild Animals as “Vermin”: The Right Approach to Resolve Animal-Human Conflict?

By Avanti Deshpande, student at ILS Law College, Pune, India   In June 2020, a pregnant elephant died in Kerala, India after consuming a pineapple stuffed with firecrackers. This event caused massive outrage in the media and sparked a conversation about wildlife-human conflict. Upon investigation, it was found that the explosives-filled fruit was intended to ward off wild boars. As an explanation, this is perplexing, since it does not seem justifiable to allow this mechanism to be used on any […]

15 Jan 2021

Animal Rights and Personhood: Past, Present, and Future

by Ankita Shanker, BPTC This piece is published in recognition of International Animal Rights Day, which occurred on December 10. Beginning in 1998, individuals, organisations, and associations around the world have celebrated International Animal Rights Day every December 10, as it is the date when, in 1948, the UN adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This day serves to remind society that humans are not the only species deserving of freedom, justice, and dignity.    More than a century […]

06 Jan 2021

The Fight Against Canada’s Horse Meat Trade

By Francesca Nicholls, BPTC student The Canadian Horse Defence Coalition (‘CHDC’), a collective organisation of people and national groups, has lobbied since 2012 to ban the transport and export of live horses from Canada to other countries for the purpose of human consumption. Thousands of horses are shipped overseas by air cargo. In 2016, public records show that 5,839 horses were shipped to Japan for this purpose. Videos taken by CHDC at both Canadian and Japanese airports appear to provide […]

23 Dec 2020

Celebrity culture and its Impact on Animal Law Reform

By Paula Sparks, A-law chairperson    With a recent article citing claims that celebrities posing with monkeys could be ‘fuelling the extinction of our nearest living relatives’, we ask: are celebrities promoting poor animal welfare, from cropped ears to primate pets? What do you think?   There is no denying the influence of celebrities on modern culture, so when celebrities are not properly informed about animal welfare, their actions can have wide-reaching, and often unintended, impact. This impact is exemplified by the recent clash of cultures […]

17 Nov 2020

Bureau rejects Scottish Wildcat Haven Bern Convention Complaint

By Sophie Mills, Trainee Solicitor   The Scottish wildcat (Felis silvestris) is one of the few native predators left in Scotland. With only 35 recorded in northern Scotland in recent years, they are at risk of genetic extinction. Three main factors have contributed to this: (1) hunting for sport; (2) loss and fragmentation of their habitat; and (3) hybridisation and associated disease. In 1988, the Scottish wildcat gained legal protection under schedule 5 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, […]