10 Apr 2015

2015 Essay Competition – call for entries

10 April 2015 “The Hunting Act 2004 has been a useless piece of legislation and therefore should be repealed” Discuss. This year’s essay competition is now open, with the chance to win £100 of book vouchers and have your essay published in the Journal of Animal Welfare Law. Update: The closing date has been extended to 5pm on 28th August 2015. For full details click here.

26 Mar 2015

Sentencing Council consultation on guidelines for dangerous dog offences

26 March 2015 The Sentencing Council is consulting on a comprehensive revision of the guidelines for dangerous dog offences. The consultation comes in response to the substantial amendments made to the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, enacted in May 2014 through ss.106 and 107 of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. The amendments to the legislation include increased maximum penalties for dangerous dog offences and the introduction of the new offence of attacks on an assistance dog. The substantial […]

26 Mar 2015

Enforcement – the conundrum at the heart of animal welfare policy?

‘The independent review of the prosecution activity of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ by Stephen Wooler CB Monday 27 April 2015 at 6pm, at Doughty Street Chambers, London ALAW is pleased to host this seminar and discussion around the enforcement regime for animal cruelty offences, including an in-depth look at the Wooler review. Mike Radford will discuss the implications of the review, the RSPCA’s response and the possible landscape for the future prosecution of animal cruelty […]

20 Feb 2015

Discussion about legal personhood

20 February 2015 The UK Human Rights Blog have posted an interesting article entitled ‘Slaves, animals and Lord Mansfield’. The article starts: A fascinating riff has been playing around the London Review of Books since Stephen Sedley (erstwhile Sedley LJ) reviewed a biography of the 18th century judge Lord Mansfield… but the excellent letters of response are open access. Mansfield is perhaps best known by commercial lawyers for injecting into the hitherto archaic English commercial law some element of rationality. […]

16 Dec 2014

Landmark animal testing case referred to EU

16 December 2014 The following report comes to us from the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV): Mr Justice Lewis has today given judgment in the High Court in London on the judicial review brought by the European Federation for Cosmetics Ingredients Manufacturers (EFfCI), which represents 90% of the EU cosmetics ingredients industry. Yet again, some parts of the animal-testing cosmetics industry are trying to severely weaken the EU animal cosmetics bans, which would allow thousands of animals […]

25 Nov 2014

Lion Ark Gala Screening

25 November 2014 Special Gala Screening of Lion Ark, the award-winning documentary about Animal Defenders International’s rescue of 25 lions from circuses in Bolivia “The feel-good movie of the year” – Reel Talk After banning circuses, Bolivia brought back Animal Defenders International to track down those that were defying the law and to get the lions back. The film will take “you to the heart of a rescue – the fear, the joy and the story of the real stars […]

30 Oct 2014

Cats and the Law

30 October 2014 Cats and the Law – a plain English guide The Cat Group, the collaborative group of animal charities and organisations working on cat health and welfare, has published a new booklet entitled ‘Cats and the Law – a plain English guide’. The authors, Dr Angus Nurse, Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Middlesex University School of Law, and Diane Ryland, Senior Lecturer at the Law School at the University of Lincoln, worked with the Cat Group to produce […]

06 Oct 2014

Human rights fight for chimp

6 October 2014 The Sunday Times features an article on the courtroom battle in the United States for a chimpanzee to be considered a “person” in the eyes of the law. The article (which appears in the 5 October 2014 edition) highlights the work of Steven Wise, a lawyer and president of the Nonhuman Rights Project (NRP), who recently spoke to an ALAW members about the litigation in the United States.

06 Oct 2014

RSPCA prosecution review

6 October 2014 The independent review of the prosecution activity of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals – report published this week. The independent review of the RSPCA’s prosecution activity has concluded that the Society should continue its role as a prosecuting body, but has recommended a re-positioning of the charity’s long-standing enforcement role to bring it up to date with 21st expectations of transparency and accountability. Read the report and the RSPCA response.

20 Aug 2014

Steven Wise on Law in Action

20 August 2014 Earlier this year, ALAW invited Steven Wise, American attorney and President of the Nonhuman Rights Project to speak about the group’s legal battle to change the common law status of at least some nonhuman animals from mere “things,” which lack the capacity to possess any legal right, to “persons,” who possess such fundamental rights such as bodily integrity and bodily liberty. Following the talk, he was invited to give an interview on the prestigious Law in Action […]