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07 Jul 2019

Canada’s “Free Willy” Bill on Whale and Dolphin Captivity By Debbie Lee

When the film “Free Willy” played in cinemas in 1993, animal lovers celebrated the scene where Willy, an orca long held in captivity, finally broke free. This captivating, uplifting climax of the film saw Willy leaping through the water, through the air, and over his young human friend as he shouted “Go Willy!” After a lifetime of being captive in a small tank, forced to entertain the public day in, day out, this magnificent whale was finally free. Soon, whales […]

26 Jun 2019

Animal sentience within the law – an international perspective by Grace Hudson

Animal sentience broadly refers to the ability of animals to feel, for example, by experiencing pain, pleasure, or suffering. Scientific literature generally accepts that all vertebrate species are sentient, and increasing research shows that invertebrate species are also sentient.[1] As early as the 1800s, Darwin proposed that some animals were capable of self-consciousness, a trait previously assumed to be solely human. Research has since shown that animals including dolphins, elephants, and magpies are capable of mirror self-recognition.[2] Despite the extensive […]

24 Jun 2019

A-law joins Calls for longer prison sentences for animal abusers

The UK Centre for Animal Law has joined calls on the Government to stand by its repeated promise to increase prison sentences for animal cruelty. Our chairperson, Paula Sparks, was at 10 Downing Street today (Monday 24 June) with animal welfare groups to meet the Prime Minister’s environment adviser, Lord Randall, to call for the Government to act. The 11 organisations at the meeting in 10 Downing Street were represented by: Claire Horton, Chief Executive, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home […]

23 Jun 2019

EVENT: ‘USING THE LAW TO HELP ANIMALS’, 1ST AUGUST 2019

A-law is pleased to announce it will be hosting an evening event on 1st August 2019 on the subject of ‘Using the Law to Help Animals’. As part of the event, we are welcoming special guest, Michelle Richner, from Tier im Recht (TIR) Switzerland, to discuss her impactful work. Which will be followed up by a panel discussion including Edie Bowles and Paula Sparks, on how we can use the law to help animals. Tier im Recht (TIR) has been […]

16 Jun 2019

June Book of the Month: ‘Fellow Creatures – Our Obligations to the Other Animals’ by Christine M. Korsgaard

Each month we will be featuring a ‘Book of the month.’ We will be selecting from books about animals that our readership finds interesting and informative. If you come across an interesting animal related book (science, law, ethics, policy or simply general interest) please send us your nomination along with the reasons for your choice. This month’s book is Fellow Creatures: Our Obligations to the Other Animals, by Christine M. Korsgaard, the Arthur Kingsley Porter Professor of Philosophy at Harvard […]

13 Jun 2019

Three lawyers winning the fight for animals by Kate Fowler

In recent years, animal law has flourished, with extraordinarily talented and courageous women entering the field. Among them are these three women, all of whom have been featured by Unbound, the multimedia documentary project celebrating women in animal advocacy. Shatha Hamade In 2012, Shatha Hamade was named Australia’s Young Lawyer of the Year. She had left the corporate world to train in law with the specific aim of helping animals, after a chance encounter with an animal welfare stall one […]

11 Jun 2019

Gizmo’s Legacy Set for UK Parliament Debate: A Breakthrough for Cat Owners Across the UK By Gemma Ali

Gizmo was 16 years old, the long-beloved cat of Helena Abrahams. Gizmo went out to play in July 2016, but never returned home: she was in a road traffic accident. Even though Gizmo had a microchip, she was disposed of before anyone scanned her for a chip. Currently under UK Law, dogs must be microchipped, and drivers who hit cats on the road must report the accident under UK law. An animal rescue centre or veterinary profession would be informed, […]

27 May 2019

A Profile of Joyce Tischler, the Mother of Animal Law, by Kate Fowler

This piece is the first in a series focusing on the female lawyers featured in the multimedia documentary project Unbound, co-founded by acclaimed photojournalist Jo-Anne McArthur (We Animals, The Ghosts in Our Machine) and Dr Keri Cronin (Department of Visual Arts, Brock University). Find out more at unboundproject.org. The documentary series Unbound celebrates women at the forefront of animal advocacy, including veterinarians, scientists, rescuers, and activists. These remarkable women inspire the audience and the world to make a difference. Notably, […]

27 May 2019

May Book of the Month: ‘Wilding’ by Isabella Tree

You would be forgiven for wondering why a book about re-wilding a British farm features in our book of the month series. In fact, it is recommended reading for anyone at all concerned with wildlife and farming policy, species decline and loss of biodiversity. It also makes for fascinating read. The author recounts the story of the journey made by herself and her husband, Charlie. Both are arable and dairy farmers who had increasingly been adopting intensified farming methods before […]

13 May 2019

Annual Student Essay Competition 2019 Winners Announced

A-law is delighted to announce that the winners of the 2019 Annual Student Essay Competition have been selected. This year’s essay title was, ‘Explain the potential significance of granting legal personhood to animals in the UK’. The standard of entries was extremely high and, after much deliberation, the following three winners have been selected: 1st Place – Sam Groom, City – University of London Sam is a GDL student who graduated last year in Modern and Medieval Languages from the […]