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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, […]

15 Nov 2020

Human-Animal Relationship Awareness Week: UK No-Pet Clauses

By Randi Milgram & Michelle Strauss, Companion Animal Special Interest Group co-chairs   This past week, we joined with the Animals & Society Institute (ASI) in the United States in celebrating Human-Animal Relationship Awareness Week. ASI studies and promotes human-animal relationships with the aim of honouring and raising awareness of the importance and variety of these relationships, highlighting benefits and potential problems “in order to create safer and more compassionate communities for all – people and animals.” In the UK, […]

28 Oct 2020

A summary review of Edith Barabash’s presentation “From the Courtroom to the Farm: What we Learn From Cows”

By Rebecca Jones, clinical research professional   A recent public Zoom event called “From the Courtroom to the Farm: What We Learn From Cows”, chronicled Canadian law student Edith Barabash’s journey from cow farm worker to animal advocating law student. The event was presented by Friends of Animals (FAM) at Monmouth University, New Jersey, and is a must-watch for anyone looking to understand the role that sanctuaries can play in animal welfare education, and specifically the role that cows can […]

26 Oct 2020

National Pitbull Awareness Day: Perspective on Our Relationship with Pit Bull Types and Legal Controls

By Sophia Di Giovanna, student of Animal Welfare & Society at University of Winchester   National Pit Bull Awareness Day occurs annually October 26. Since 2007, advocates hope that the celebration of this day sheds light on the true nature of this much-maligned breed. In the early 1800s, the pit bull terrier was imported into the USA from the UK to fulfil the role of family protector, as well as for chasing away barn pests. In the UK, pit bulls […]

18 Oct 2020

R (on the application of Highbury Poultry Farm Produce Ltd) (Appellant) v Crown Prosecution Service (Respondent) UKSC [2020] UKSC 39

Frances Allen and Reuben Solomon, public law barristers at Goldsmith Chambers   References in square brackets are to paragraphs in the Supreme Court judgment Issue in the appeal The issue for the Supreme Court was to determine whether: “the Divisional Court and District Judge Cadbury were correct to decide that the two offences charged under regulation 30(1)(g) of the Welfare of Animals at the Time of Killing (England) Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/1782) (“WATOK Regulations 2015”) – namely the breach by […]

18 Sep 2020

The Troubling Case of Non-Stun Slaughter: A Comment on the Opinion of Advocate General Hogan in Centraal Israëlitisch Consistorie van België and Others

by Dr. Joe Wills, Leicester University Introduction There is now growing awareness that the struggles for animal rights and human rights are interconnected. The industrial exploitation of animals in the farming sector and other settings is not only horrific for the animals themselves, but also has array of terrible consequences for humans. For example, the intensive exploitation of animals for food has been linked to the present COVID-19 global pandemic, environmental devastation, inhumane working conditions, and greater propensity for violence against humans, to give just a […]

10 Sep 2020

As more and more countries ban the cruel events of rodeos, others refuse

By Tiffany Mitchell, A-law Legal Support Officer “Rodeos are events in which animals are subjected to violence and cruelty in the name of ‘sport,’”[1] states the New Zealand SPCA. Although the SPCA is advocating for a ban, rodeos are not yet banned in New Zealand. And while, in 2017, Labour’s animal welfare spokesperson Trevor Mallard had promised to ban the use of flank straps, electric prodders, and calf roping in New Zealand, the agricultural minister now says those issues are […]

26 Aug 2020

Islamabad High Court decision in Kaavan case

by Debbie Lee, legal secretary and solicitor-in-training   The next edition of the Journal of Animal Law will highlight a potentially ground-breaking case in the field of animal rights law. This recent case considered the legal rights of animals kept in captivity in the Marghazar Zoo in Islamabad. Petitioners claimed that the animals in the Zoo were confined to poor living conditions and that their full needs were not being met. The animals notably included an elephant named Kaavan, who […]

18 Aug 2020

Pets can now be buried with their owners in certain parts of Italy

By Angelica Botta, graduate of Anglia Ruskin University – LLB (Hons) Law Pets are undoubtedly important to many families: they provide companionship and emotional support; they reduce stress levels; they help children’s emotional development. More and more people consider pets as part of the family, and owning a pet helps networking and building a community. The loss of a pet can cause profound grief for the owner, and difficulty and confusion around how to bury pets can cause additional pain. […]

29 Jul 2020

North Carolina’s ‘Ag-Gag Law’ Declared Unconstitutional

By Addison Luck, Earth Law Manager for the Earth Law Center In 2016, eight American organizations, including the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), challenged North Carolina’s controversial ‘ag-gag lawi’ as a major violation of free speech in the United States. The case was first dismissed by a district court and then reversed by an appellate court. But then in June 2020, after gaining support from several news organizations, the advocacy groups […]