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06 May 2019

The Necessity of Pet Theft Reform – Because a Dog is a Man’s Best Friend by Josephine Burnett

Under the current law, no distinction is made between the theft of pets and the theft of possessions. Both are treated the same, meaning that in the eyes of the law, pets are considered as little more than inanimate objects. With an ever-growing market for the selling and breeding of ‘designer’ pooches, as well as a continued market for dog fighting, incidents of pet theft are on the rise. However, very few of those incidents ever make it to court, […]

25 Apr 2019

April Book of the Month: ‘Sentience and Animal Welfare’ by Professor Donald Broom

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. Our first book of the month is Sentience and Animal Welfare by Donald Broom, Professor of Animal Welfare (Emeritus) at the University of Cambridge. From […]

23 Apr 2019

Wild Animal Welfare Committee (WAWC) Conference 2019

Paula Sparks and Natalie Harney report on the Wild Animal Welfare Committee (WAWC) Conference 2019. We had the recent privilege of attending the second conference hosted by WAWC, a body that provides independent advice about the welfare of free-living wild animals in the UK. We would suggest that what emerged from this thoroughly interesting and informative conference was a consensus that the current legislative regime protecting wild animals leaves much to be desired, that much work remains to be done […]

21 Apr 2019

A-law receives grant from Effective Animal Advocacy Fund

A-law is pleased to announce it has been selected as a recipient of a grant from Animal Charity Evaluator’s (ACE) Effective Animal Advocacy Fund (EAAF). The Fund reviewed grant applications based on three criteria, namely scale, tractability and neglectedness. A-law is one of nine charities working to influence law and policy that was selected to receive a grant. We have also been recognised for our capacity-building work. A-law has received a grant totalling $19,147 (approx. £14,600) and we will be […]

24 Mar 2019

The Reality of Horse Drawn Carriages by Amy Taylor

When visiting iconic cities such as London or New York City, many tourists are enchanted by the sight of horse-drawn carriages. To some, the use of horse-drawn carriages is a delightful activity. Others, however, perceive this as a cruel and unnecessary practice. The horses involved often pull heavy loads whilst trying to navigate traffic. Walking and standing on concrete and asphalt can also lead to debilitating leg problems, whilst breathing in exhaust fumes can cause respiratory disorders.[1] Over the years, […]

17 Mar 2019

To Cull Or Not To Cull, This Should Never Be A Question: Why Culling Africa’s Elephants Is Not The Answer To Conservation By Riley Forson

The late Dame Daphne Sheldrick stated: “No animal triggers more heated debate within conservation circles than the elephant, for no animal has greater impact on the environment or is more “human” emotionally”.[1] One of the greatest debates surrounding the conservation of elephants is whether the most appropriate method of conserving them is through mass culling. Culture of Culling Despite being ravaged by poaching in the 1950s, pockets of elephant populations grew in national parks, such as Hwange in Zimbabwe, Tsavo […]

24 Feb 2019

COURSES ON ANIMAL WELFARE SCIENCE, ETHICS AND LAW BACK IN CAMBRIDGE FOR 2019

Courses on Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law (CAWSEL) will return to St. Catharine’s College, University of Cambridge, for #CAWSEL19, from 8 to 20 September. CAWSEL has been running in different formats for over two decades. It brings together experts from animal welfare, including lecturers, doctors, professors and scientists renowned world-wide for their research work to share their expertise with delegates from the UK and the rest of the world. In 2018, CAWSEL welcomed participants from 12 different countries. CAWSEL […]

24 Dec 2018

The Sustainability Paradox: Palm Oil’s Continued Destruction of the Orangutans By Riley Forson

Iceland’s Christmas advert has reminded the public of the deadly struggle between the palm oil industry and the very survival of the Bornean and Sumatran Orangutans. Both the Bornean and Sumatran Orangutans are critically endangered species listed on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Mammals and Appendix I CITES; this is despite continued efforts to brand palm oil as sustainable and capable of co-existing with the Orangutans. The questions we have to ask ourselves are, how […]

28 Oct 2018

My time as an MSc Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law student at the University of Glasgow by Megan Baker

Last September, I began studying an MSc in Animal Welfare, Science, Ethics and Law at the University of Glasgow. The course is split into three semesters: the first focusing on science research skills, the second ethics and law, with the third dedicated to completing the dissertation or “research project”. Before this I gained my undergraduate degree in law at the University of Birmingham, which is where I became interested in the idea of animal law. During the course of my […]

23 Oct 2018

Donkey Attractions are not Attractive: How Spanish traditions and tourist attractions are causing donkey cruelty by Riley Forson

Ever since I was a little girl, I have always held a special place in my heart for donkeys. This summer I visited El Refugio Del Burrito, and, as always, was humbled by the warmth and affection of the donkeys I saw, especially considering the abject suffering they have been through to find a home with the charity. El Refugio Del Burrito, alongside its UK counter-part, The Donkey Sanctuary, works tirelessly to try to end the cruelty inflicted on donkeys […]