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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 […]

07 Jul 2019

Canada’s “Free Willy” Bill on Whale and Dolphin Captivity By Debbie Lee

When the film “Free Willy” played in cinemas in 1993, animal lovers celebrated the scene where Willy, an orca long held in captivity, finally broke free. This captivating, uplifting climax of the film saw Willy leaping through the water, through the air, and over his young human friend as he shouted “Go Willy!” After a lifetime of being captive in a small tank, forced to entertain the public day in, day out, this magnificent whale was finally free. Soon, whales […]

26 Jun 2019

Animal sentience within the law – an international perspective by Grace Hudson

Animal sentience broadly refers to the ability of animals to feel, for example, by experiencing pain, pleasure, or suffering. Scientific literature generally accepts that all vertebrate species are sentient, and increasing research shows that invertebrate species are also sentient.[1] As early as the 1800s, Darwin proposed that some animals were capable of self-consciousness, a trait previously assumed to be solely human. Research has since shown that animals including dolphins, elephants, and magpies are capable of mirror self-recognition.[2] Despite the extensive […]

24 Jun 2019

A-law joins Calls for longer prison sentences for animal abusers

The UK Centre for Animal Law has joined calls on the Government to stand by its repeated promise to increase prison sentences for animal cruelty. Our chairperson, Paula Sparks, was at 10 Downing Street today (Monday 24 June) with animal welfare groups to meet the Prime Minister’s environment adviser, Lord Randall, to call for the Government to act. The 11 organisations at the meeting in 10 Downing Street were represented by: Claire Horton, Chief Executive, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home […]

23 Jun 2019

EVENT: ‘USING THE LAW TO HELP ANIMALS’, 1ST AUGUST 2019

A-law is pleased to announce it will be hosting an evening event on 1st August 2019 on the subject of ‘Using the Law to Help Animals’. As part of the event, we are welcoming special guest, Michelle Richner, from Tier im Recht (TIR) Switzerland, to discuss her impactful work. Which will be followed up by a panel discussion including Edie Bowles and Paula Sparks, on how we can use the law to help animals. Tier im Recht (TIR) has been […]