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15 May 2017

Scottish Parliament to ban use of wild animals in circuses

The Scottish Parliament has announced it will introduce a range of new animal welfare regulations, including a ban on the use of wild animals in traveling circuses. The Scottish Environment Secretary, Roseanna Cunningham, announced on Thursday last week that a new Bill would be introduced to ban wild animals in travelling circuses on ethical grounds. Cunningham said the use of wild animals in circuses “is widely considered to be morally unacceptable in the present day.” Other measures which will be introduced […]

11 May 2017

ALAW proud to be part of Animal Protection 2017

ALAW is proud to be part of a coalition of 21 animal welfare charities that are calling on party leaders to pledge to maintain the UK’s existing animal protection laws. Jointly, we are asking party leaders and parliamentary candidates to pledge to: Defend animal protection laws and regulations, and to strengthen them where appropriate, including the Animal Welfare Act, the Hunting Act, the Protection of Badgers Act, the Wildlife and Countryside Act, and the Welfare of Farmed Animals regulations; and, […]

04 Apr 2017

RSPCA releases latest ‘Prosecutions Annual Report’

The RSPCA has released its latest ‘Prosecutions Annual Report.’ The Report, which covers prosecutions activity in England and Wales, shows that in 2016 the RSPCA received 1,153,744 calls to its cruelty line. Just under 150,000 complaints of cruelty were investigated. Welfare improvement notices were issued in 84,725 cases, and 1,477 convictions were secured against 744 defendants in magistrates’ courts. The RSPCA reports a 92.5% prosecution success rate (the CPS prosecution success rate in magistrates’ courts is around 83%). The vast majority […]

03 Apr 2017

MPs debate animal cruelty sentencing and dog licensing in England

On Thursday 30th March, MPs debated animal cruelty sentencing and dog licensing in England. Neil Parish MP introduced the debate by calling for the maximum penalty for animal cruelty to be increased from six months to five years and for third party sales of dogs to be banned. Parish remarked during the debate that, “We should…consider the message that it sends if the sentence for beating to death a sentient being that relies entirely on human care is less than […]

20 Mar 2017

Lords announce mini inquiry into farm animal welfare and Brexit

A short inquiry into Farm Animal Welfare and Brexit has been launched by the Lords EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee. The inquiry will consider the impact leaving the EU could have on farmed animal welfare. It will specifically address the following questions: What impact will Brexit have on assurance and standards in relation to farm animal welfare? • Is a decline in farm animal welfare standards post-Brexit inevitable? • Which monitoring bodies will need to be replaced or strengthened? • […]

20 Feb 2017

Are lobsters ‘animals’? New campaign group formed to try to achieve legal protection for decapod crustaceans

Despite a marked increase in scientific evidence about the ability of decapod crustaceans to feel pain and suffer, there has been no government assessment of their welfare and no increase in protections for animals like crabs and lobsters, which in some shocking instances has resulted in them being left fully immobilised in plastic shrinkwrap on supermarket shelves in the UK. A new animal welfare group Crustacean Compassion has been set up to tackle this issue, and is launching today with […]

15 Feb 2017

Research reveals certain wild animal welfare issues receive far more media attention than others

A study by Oxford University’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU) and World Animal Protection has found that certain wild animal welfare issues receive far more media attention than others. Researchers analysed over 23,000 mainstream media articles which were published in 2014, and found that activities such as culling, shooting and hunting received more media attention than the impact of activities such as commercial fishing, marine debris and pollution. As a result, the study concludes that an animal welfare issue is […]

19 Jan 2017

Petition to Close UK’s Domestic Ivory Market

Will Travers OBE, President and CEO of the Born Free Foundation has asked that we share this petition to close the UK domestic ivory market. The aim is to acquire a minimum of 100,000 signatures so that this Petition is considered for debate in Parliament. Please SHARE AND PROMOTE the link: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/165905 Diminishing elephant populations across Africa due to the ivory trade is an international concern and the UK has the opportunity to help end this global poaching crisis now. […]

11 Jan 2017

Government urged not to “trade away” animal welfare standards post-Brexit

A Report by the Environmental Audit Committee has urged the Government to guarantee it will not “trade away” animal welfare standards after we leave the EU. ‘The Future of the Natural Environment after the EU Referendum’ report makes a number of recommendations to the Government, including: Introducing an Environmental Protection Act which will maintain and enforce environmental standards once we leave the EU; Undertaking an assessment of the resources needed to replace current EU funding to ensure farm businesses remain […]

12 Dec 2016

Giraffes now considered ‘threatened with extinction’ after numbers decline by up to 40% since 1985

The wild giraffe population has been recognised as ‘threatened with extinction’ by the IUCN Red List. The Red List has increased the status of the giraffe from “Least Concern” to “Vulnerable” due to a 36-40% decline in the species since 1985. The ICUN attributes this decline to the growing human population, illegal hunting, habitat loss and change due to agricultural expansion and mining, growing human/wildlife conflict, and civil unrest in the countries to which they are native. Julian Fennessy, co-chair […]