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20 May 2020

Aquatic Animal Law Initiative Raises Awareness of Blue Revolution

Ed. note: Please enjoy this piece originally intended for World Aquatic Animal Day in April. We share in support of the Aquatic Animal Law Initiative and the Animal Law Clinic at Lewis & Clark Law School, as part of their Center for Animal Law Studies. More information at end. by Lydia Robinson, Trainee Solicitor   What is the Aquatic Animal Law Initiative? The Aquatic Animal Law Initiative (AALI) is a programme set up by the Lewis & Clark Law School […]

18 May 2020

The effect of Covid-19 on Animal Shelters in Thailand

By Alice Kennedy, trainee solicitor   Lanta Animal Welfare In the summer of 2014, I volunteered at Lanta Animal Welfare (LAW) in Koh Lanta, an island in Thailand’s Krabi Province. The animal shelter and veterinary practice needed people to live on site and assist with the care of, at the time, 40 cats and a further 30 dogs. Volunteers worked six-hour shifts, six days a week. Our role included walking the dogs, preparing food, cleaning cages, assisting the vet staff […]

14 May 2020

How to set up an animal law course at your university

by Danielle Duffield, solicitor   FIRST: Form an A-law student group; become an ambassador at your university to raise the profile of the field If you would like your university to offer an animal law course, you could start by becoming a student ambassador for A-law or setting up an A-law student group within your university’s law faculty, if you don’t have one already. This will demonstrate the student interest in this burgeoning field. A student ambassador or group could […]

12 May 2020

The Campaign for Compulsory Microchipping of Cats

by Imogen Mellor   Cats Protection campaigns for the mandatory microchipping of owned cats. They state that “cats are independent and curious creatures – part of the reason we love them. But this means that they can end up lost, perhaps far from home. Microchipping is a safe and permanent way to identify a cat and the best way of ensuring lost cats are returned to their loving families.” The hope is that mandatory microchipping will lead to fewer unidentified […]

07 May 2020

Nonhuman Animals and the Law, by Dr. Sohini Mahapatra

Book Review by Michelle Li Sze Cheng Dr. Sohini Mahaptra dedicates her book Nonhuman Animals and the Law to “all of the wonderful animals around us – companions, strays and the wild, whose contribution in our lives goes unacknowledged.” Reading this dedication promised me that this book would be an enjoyable and memorable journey, and it was. In this book, Mahapatra intends to address the grey areas of animal law protection within the Indian legal discourse. She discusses how ‘societal […]

06 May 2020

Covid-19 & Wildlife: An Opportunity to Reflect & Change?

By Sophie Lunn, student at Nottingham Trent University   Covid-19, the human illness caused by the novel virus SARS-COV-2, has been causing worry and disruption since it first emerged. Attention immediately turned to its origin: where did this new virus come from? Despite all the efforts made in China to contain the virus, it has become a pandemic. Cases have been confirmed in more than 110 countries, and the number of lives lost to the virus continues to rise. The economic toll is likely to run into trillions of US dollars. The first cases of infection appear to trace […]

28 Mar 2020
Green Criminology Book Review

MARCH BOOK REVIEW: Emerging Issues in Green Criminology: Exploring Power, Justice and Harm

Emerging Issues in Green Criminology: Exploring Power, Justice and Harm Edited by Reece Walters, Diane Solomon Westerhuis and Tanya Wyatt. Review by Paula Sparks ‘This edited collection brings together internationally renowned scholars to explore green criminology through the interdisciplinary lenses of power, harm and justice.’[1] A book you might expect to find on the shelves of environmental campaigners, but this collection of essays should not be overlooked by those interested in animals and society. In particular, a substantial part of […]

02 Mar 2020

A Recap of A-law’s Animals and Wildlife Law Seminar By Charlotte Edgar

On February 12, 2020, a seminar on Animals and Wildlife Law was held by the UK Centre for Animal Law at the University of Dundee. The seminar was attended by a wide-ranging audience, including members of the legal profession, academics, students, and those working in the charity sector, for animal sanctuaries and criminal justice agencies. Various speakers discussed the practical, legal, and philosophical issues involved in animal welfare and wildlife protection in Scotland and the rest of the UK. The […]

25 Feb 2020

University of Aberdeen Law Students Assist with Scottish Bill Submission

As law students, we spend more time studying than experiencing the actual law-making process. Since we all have a strong interest in animal welfare and related studies at the University of Aberdeen, we excitedly welcomed the opportunity to work alongside Mike Radford on a joint submission for the public consultation on the Animals and Wildlife (Penalties, Protections and Powers) (Scotland) Bill. While the intention behind the bill – to increase the maximum penalties for welfare offences – is commendable, we […]

11 Feb 2020

The Ramifications of Breeding Brachycephalic Dogs

By Julia Lee Heaving and wheezing, panting and collapsing, brachycephalic dogs struggle to breathe and survive due to severe morphological abnormalities, including the recognised characteristics of short-face and airway obstruction. Brachycephalic dogs includes pugs, bulldogs, boxers, and Staffordshire terriers.  Witnessing their health struggles is distressing from any perspective, but for a veterinarian it’s even more  frustrating to treat these conditions when they are predictable, resulting from selective breeding. Breeding these traits results in severe welfare problems, which to many vets […]