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19 Sep 2013

A screening of the docu-film Blackfish

19th November 2013 ALAW welcomes you to a viewing of the film Blackfish followed by a short talk from Kate Harrison solicitor, a specialist in environmental law. The film will be shown at Doughty Street chambers as part of ALAW’s ongoing seminar program. Kate Harrison will then talk about her work as an environmental lawyer and its relevance for animal protection campaigners. Read more about the film below…… Blackfish tells the story of Tilikum, a performing killer whale that killed […]

19 Sep 2013

Academic conference

19 September 2013 A further reminder that ALAW is hosting an academic conference in partnership with the University of Essex. If you are an academic who would like to submit a paper for the conference or you are interested in attending or taking part please contact Alan Bates at [email protected]

22 Jul 2013

Parlimentary report – wild animals in circuses

22 July 2013 The report of the Parliamentary committee into the use of wild animals in circuses has now been published. The report concludes: “…that the Government revise its approach to the Bill so that a Schedule be attached that contains a proscribed list of animals which can no longer be used in travelling circuses. Initially, for example, there would be a ban on all big cat species and elephants but not on, say, snakes, camels, zebras or racoons. The […]

20 Jun 2013

Seminar – wildlife crime and animal abuse

ESRC Green Criminology Research Seminar Series Interested academics, NGOs and practitioners are invited to attend the third seminar in the ESRC Green Criminology Research Series. Titled ‘Wildlife Crime and Animal Abuse’, the seminar will feature three speakers with plenty of opportunities for networking and discussion. Professor Piers Beirne, University of Southern Maine, will discuss Thericide: A Name for Animal Killing and Animal Killers; Dr Keith Vincent from the Law Commission will discuss wildlife law reform, the wider use of civil sanctions […]

25 May 2013

ALAW essay competition winner announced

25 May 2013 Matthew McGhee, who will start his pupillage at 20 Essex Street in September, has won the first ALAW student essay competition. From left to right: Matthew McGhee, Sam Flanagan and Rachel Dunn. The contest was launched in November 2012 and saw law students from all over the world submit their answers to the question: Does Justice Applies to Animals? The winner was chosen by a three-judge panel comprised of David Thomas (solicitor), Alan Bates (barrister), and Dr […]

20 May 2013

Local Ocean Trust fights for whale sharks in Kenya

20 May 2013 The following extract comes from a report sent to ALAW by Dominika Flindt: “The Local Ocean Trust, a marine conservation organisation based on the coast of Kenya, is opposing an application to establish an enclosure in the Indian Ocean for two juvenile whale sharks in a net measuring around 150 meters across and 10 meters in depth at low tide and 14 meters at high tide. The applicant’s idea is to entice tourists to pay a fee […]

20 May 2013

General Court confirms validity of regulation on seal products

20 May 2013 The General Court of the European Union has issued a press release on Judgment in Case T-526/10, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and Others v Commission. The press release states, “The EU legislature took the view that, in the absence of action at EU level, obstacles to trade would arise. It therefore took action in order to harmonise the rules and thus prevent the disturbance of the internal market in seal products. Taking into account animal welfare considerations, it […]

09 May 2013

Ethics in Policy, an ethical appraisal process for Dutch government

09 May 2013 The Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation have issued a policy document entitled Ethics in Policy: Weighing Values With Sense and Sensibility which describes an ethical appraisal process for all central government policy impacting on animals. Click here to read Ethics in Policy (PDF)  

02 May 2013

Decision to ban Animal Defenders International advert upheld

02 MAY 2013 The decision to ban the Animal Defenders International television advert, which was created as part of their ‘My Mate’s a Primate’ campaign in 2005, has been upheld by the European Court of Human Rights. See the link below for commentary on this decision: Strasbourg ties itself in knots over advertising ban (UK Human Rights Blog)

19 Sep 2012

Peter Singer on Animals, Ethics and the Law

The Association of Lawyers for Animal Welfare (ALAW) recently hosted a dinner at Gray’s Inn at which the internationally renowned philosopher Peter Singer was invited to speak. Peter Singer, who was recently awarded the Companion of the Order of Australia is well known for his views on utilitarianism and the treatment of animals. Peter Singer was introduced by Mr Justice Singh, who reminded the audience that the concern lawyers have had for animal welfare was not a recent phenomenon; Lord […]