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04 Jun 2018

Latest edition of Animal Justice UK released

A-law’s Student Team is delighted to to released the fifth and latest edition of Animal Justice UK, our student eMagazine all about animal protection law and policy. Along with the latest news and reviews, in this edition: We launch our brand new feature, ‘AJUK Investigates’, which intends to highlight areas of animal protection law that are controversial, problematic or silent. We are grateful to Charlotte Hughes, who has contributed our very first ‘AJUK Investigates’ piece on badger baiting; Leicester University […]

01 Jun 2018

Conservation in the Tsavo National Park, Kenya by Hon. Justice Nzioki Wa Makau

Nzioki Wa Makau sits as a judge at the Industrial Court of Kenya and is Chairman of the Tsavo Trust. He has enjoyed a distinguished career in the Kenyan anti-corruption movement, having previously held positions at the Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission and the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission. It is at the crack of dawn. I woke up about 25 minutes ago, took a very brief shower and dressed in a light t-shirt and some jungle trousers and walked to the sitting […]

02 May 2018

NEW ARTICLE – For the Love of Darcie: Recognising the Human–Companion Animal Relationship in Housing Law and Policy

For the Love of Darcie: Recognising the Human–Companion Animal Relationship in Housing Law and Policy is a new article written by Debbie Rook, Principal Lecturer at Northumbria University, recently published in the Liverpool Law Review. Read the full article here. The author argues that legislation is needed in the UK to prevent landlords banning pets in residential properties. Existing legal distinctions towards the treatment of animals based on their ‘use’ (companion animals, farmed animals and those used for scientific research) should […]

01 May 2018

Tennessee Walking Horse Cruelty: By Rachel Smith

Image above: CounterCanter, Flickr Performance equine shows are a regular occurrence in many communities throughout the United States and demonstrate the incredible bond between horse and rider. However, the motivation to achieve the ‘perfect show horse’ can lead to extreme suffering. This blog discusses Tennessee Walking Horses, a breed which has been subjected to severe cruelty in the name of aesthetics. The Tennessee Walking Horse natural gait is a smooth 4 beat gait known as the running walk, with the […]

25 Apr 2018

Greyhounds Lose Out To Greed: by Rachel Smith

Image above: Nancy W Beach As a student of Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law, I have closely followed developments in this divisive debate. In Australia, modern greyhound racing began in 1927[1] and there are now 19 tracks across six states, predominately in New South Wales (NSW). Geoff O’Conner, former chief executive of Greyhounds Australia, stated that ‘The Australian Greyhound industry is probably the best-run, the best-regulated and more in touch with animal welfare issues than any other greyhound industry or nation in the […]

15 Apr 2018

Why stricter sentencing for animal cruelty matters more than you think: By Alice Oven

Amidst fears of chlorine chickens and cheap low-welfare imports, a beacon of light for post-Brexit animal welfare has emerged in the form of Gove’s promise to increase the maximum sentence for serious animal cruelty in England. This draft bill, raising maximum jail time from six months to five years, is long overdue, bringing England into line with Northern Ireland, the Irish Republic, Australia and Canada. It’s an obvious cause for celebration for animal advocates and lawyers but, actually, human criminal […]

15 Apr 2018

A-law Annual Student Essay Competition Winners Announced

A-law’s Student Team are delighted to announce that the winners of our 2018 Annual Student Essay Competition are: 1st prize: Jessica Allen 2nd prize: Melisa Oleschuk 3rd prize: Charlotte Mekis The title of our 2018 competition was, “Consider whether animal welfare legislation should be extended to include decapods.” The standard of entries this year was extremely high. Student Officer and A-law Trustee, Edie Bowles, said, ‘The turnout of the essay competition this year was our best yet. Not only were […]

10 Mar 2018

A call on Parliament for the ban on wild-animal circuses in England: A Personal Perspective by Prabhgat Kaur Sekhon, LPC Graduate

On 20 December 2017, the Scottish Parliament voted to pass the Wild Animals in Travelling Circuses (Scotland) Bill, adding to a growing number of European states who have made it an offence for circus operators to use wild animals in travelling circuses. The Scottish Government introduced the ban, not on the basis of animal welfare, but on ethical grounds “…that this practice is morally objectionable to a large proportion of Scottish society”. Austria, Bolivia, Cyprus and Greece are some of […]

06 Feb 2018

Introducing Stop Animal Sexual Assault (SASA), by Katherine Goodman, J.D.

Katherine Goodman is a graduate of the Animal Law LLM program at Lewis & Clark Law School and is the founder of Stop Animal Sexual Assault (SASA), a non-profit that seeks to raise awareness about animal sexual assault in the United States. I have always loved animals for as long as I can remember and have always wanted to help them. It did not take long during my undergraduate journey for me to realize that I could accomplish this with […]

04 Feb 2018
Save The Asian Elephants Duncan McNair

A-Law spotlight on Save The Asian Elephants

Duncan McNair is a prominent corporate litigation lawyer with a longstanding interest in animal welfare causes. He is founder and CEO of Save The Asian Elephants (STAE), a Community Interest Company working for the preservation and protection of the endangered Asian elephant. McNair founded STAE in 2015 after hearing about the plight of the Asian elephant and travelling to India to elicit the facts for himself. Moved by what he saw, McNair returned to the UK and STAE was formed. In […]