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)
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 […]
18 SEPTEMBER 2012 The Badger Trust has lost its appeal from the decision of Mr Justice Ouseley upholding government plans for two pilot badger culls in West Gloucestershire and West Somerset. The Badger Trust had argued that the cull would contravene the Protection of Badgers Act 1992, which allows culling to “prevent the spread of disease” but they argued, was not intended to provide licences for a mass cull. The culls are due to start in the autumn, against vigorous […]
On November 12th 2012 ALAW hosted its last seminar of the year. ALAW’s trustee, Alan Bates chaired the gathering of over 40. The seminar’s aim was to introduce animal welfare organisations to how the law can be effectively used in their campaigning work. At the moment very few organisations employ legal techniques to achieve their goals. This is mostly ascribable to the fear of costs but also due to a lack of knowledge as to how the law can be […]
16 AUGUST 2012 The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that an obligation on a landowner to allow hunting on his property violated his human rights. Click here to read the Judgment (Herrmann v Germany (Application no. 9300/07) 26 June 2012)
25 April 2012 ALAW welcomes the prison sentences handed down today to two slaughterhouse workers who were filmed gratuitously assaulting fully conscious pigs. The footage was filmed at Cheale Meats in Essex using a covert CCTV device installed by an investigator working with the campaign group Animal Aid. When the footage was recovered, it showed one worker stubbing out cigarettes on pigs’ snouts. Another worker was filmed beating pigs, with one pig being beaten 30 times in a minute, forcing […]
Funded PhD Studentship at University of Leicester The Department of Politics and International Relations and the Centre for Animals and Social Justice are pleased to offer a funded studentship for October 2012 entry to the Department’s Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programme. Start date: October 2012. Now accepting applications. For more information, click here.