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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 […]

21 Oct 2018

A-law teams up with WCL and Leigh Day to host Seminar about farming and animal welfare post-Brexit

On Monday 19th November 2018 A-law will be c0-hosting a free seminar with Wildlife & Countryside Link and Leigh Day about farming and animal welfare post-Brexit. The seminar, entitled ‘Agriculture & Animal Welfare Post-Brexit’, takes place in Central London from 2:00pm – 4:3opm and will feature the following presentations: Chair’s Introduction Carol Day, Consultant Solicitor, Leigh Day ‘The Agriculture Bill: Will it Secure a Green Brexit?’ Thomas Lancaster, Principal Policy Officer for Agriculture at the RSPB and Vice-Chair of the […]

14 Oct 2018

Pepys, Phyla & Philosophy: A History of Animal Welfare Law in the UK (Part One) by Corrina Lewis

This is the first in a series of posts focusing on the history and philosophy of UK animal law, containing a brief overview and looking at some of the people whose ideas have shaped the view of animals that informs our laws today. Throughout history humanity has drawn some fairly arbitrary lines between different animal species when choosing friends, foes, and food. Cats were worshipped in ancient Egypt, dogs have been our companions for thousands of years, yet other species […]

16 Sep 2018

Nature’s Slaves: The Dark Side of Elephant Tourism in Asia by Riley Forson

When we think of elephants we conjure the image of a gentle giant wandering free. For the Asian elephant that would be in its jungle habitat found in India, Thailand and the Malay Peninsula. As a species, many of us share a love, or at least fascination, for elephants. However, our desire to get up close and personal has fuelled a cruel and dark tourism industry, built on our interest and their suffering. The behaviour of Asian elephants Asian elephants […]