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 […]

18 Sep 2012

Court of Appeal rule badger culls not illegal

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 […]

23 Aug 2012

Seminar – how to use the law effectively in animal welfare campaigning

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 Aug 2012

Herrmann v Germany hunting judgement finds for landowner

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 Apr 2012

Slaughterhouse workers jailed after ALAW intervention

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 […]