01 May 2014

Should primates be kept as pets? Join the conference.

1 May 2015 Register by 15th May for the Primate Conference, coordinated by the Born Free Foundation and Humane Society International/UK, in association with the Nocturnal Primate Research Group at Oxford Brookes University. Date: Thursday May 29th 2014, 10:00am start. Venue: Directory of Social Change, 24 Stephenson Way, London NW1 2DP. Price: £35 (Concessions £25). Refreshments and a light lunch included. Booking: Click here to register online. Focussing on the animal welfare science, veterinary, legal, conservation and ethical aspects of the […]

24 Apr 2014

Law student receives commendation for animal welfare research

24 April 2014 Essex School of Law PhD student, Liz Tyson, received a special commendation by judges at the International Graduate Legal Research Conference 2014, hosted by Kings College, London, for her research poster presentation on the implementation of licensing regimes under s.13 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006 as a means to protect animal welfare. One winner and one special commendation were awarded at the event, which featured 15 poster presentations during a dedicated session. Liz was particularly pleased […]

24 Apr 2014

Ministry of Justice responds to the consultation on Judicial Review

24 April 2014 ALAW recently reported concerns about government proposals for reform of Judicial Review, the legal mechanism for challenging unlawful decisions made by public bodies. ALAW responded to the consultation, Judicial Review: Proposals for further reform focusing on three key areas where we were concerned that proposals would impact disproportionately on animal welfare: standing, third party interventions and protective costs orders (PCOs). In February 2014 the Ministry of Justice published a response to the consultation. The good news in […]

16 Apr 2014

Roundtable seminar: Wildlife law reform

16 April 2014 Middlesex University, London, will be hosting the “School of Law Roundtable Seminar: Wildlife Law Reform and the Future Protection of Wildlife” on Friday 30 May 2014, 12:00 to 16:30 at The Barn, Middlesex University Hendon Campus. The seminar will be chaired by Dr Angus Nurse, and feature the following speakers: Dr Keith Vincent, former lead lawyer on the Law Commission’s wildlife reform project. Mr Mark Jones, Humane Society International. Ms Melanie Wellsmith, University of Huddersfield. Dr Haydn Davies, […]

15 Apr 2014

Course on Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law

15 April 2014 St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge, are now taking names for their Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law Course which will run from 7th to 19th September 2014. The course covers: Welfare Concepts and Assessment, and Zoo Animal Welfare; Law and Companion Animal Welfare; Horse Welfare; Principles of Ethics in Relation to Animal Use; and Farm Animal Welfare. More information, including online booking, is available at www.cawsel.com.

21 Mar 2014

Good news for badgers

21 March 2014 We are pleased to be able to bring you the following press statement from the RSPCA: We are delighted the MPs have listened to the advice of the experts and voted overwhelmingly to abandon the badger cull. The Secretary of State Owen Paterson now has to listen to the voice of Parliament and  discard any plans to roll the cull out further. Any decision to continue would be flying in the face of scientists, public opinion and […]

21 Mar 2014

Petition for CCTV in slaughterhouses

21 March 2014 A new petition is calling for CCTV to be installed in all slaughterhouses, along with unannounced checks to ensure that it is in place, and for the footage to be made available to independent monitors. The petition is asking for these changes to protect animals from suffering avoidable brutality, such as being slaughtered without being stunned, and also to protect workers who may be put at risk through poor working conditions and failure of the abattoirs to […]

26 Feb 2014

Horsemeat scandal review

26 February 2014 A recent report in the Daily Telegraph by Duncan McNair looks back to the horsemeat scandal of last year and asks – has anything changed? “A year on, the only ongoing action by government is the Elliott review. Commenting on the interim report last month, Owen Paterson, the Environment Secretary, claimed ‘there are good systems in place to ensure UK consumers have access to some of the safest food in the world’ and that ‘the UK food industry […]

05 Dec 2013

Lawsuit filed on behalf of chimp seeking personhood

5 December 2013 The following statement was published by the Nonhuman Rights Project in America this week: This morning at 10.00 E.T., the Nonhuman Rights Project filed suit in Fulton County Court in the state of New York on behalf of Tommy, a chimpanzee, who is being held captive in a cage in a shed at a used trailer lot in Gloversville. This is the first of three suits we are filing this week. The second will be filed on Tuesday […]

27 Nov 2013

ALAW response to Ministry of Justice consultation on reform of judicial review

27 November 2013 ALAW has responded to the Ministry of Justice consultation on reform of judicial review. Our response focused on three areas where we are concerned that proposals could impact negatively upon the ability of NGO’s to challenge unlawful decisions which impact negatively upon animal welfare. These areas are standing, third party interventions and protective costs orders (PCOs). Whilst the proposals are likely to impact generally upon the ability of individuals and groups to challenge the decisions of public […]