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05 Oct 2016

Slaughterhouse workers jailed after ALAW intervention

ALAW welcomes the prison sentences handed down today to two slaughterhouse workers who were filmed gratuitously assaulting fully conscious pigs. The footage was filmed at Cheale Meats in Essex using a covert CCTV device installed by an investigator working with the campaign group Animal Aid.  When the footage was recovered, it showed one worker stubbing out cigarettes on pigs’ snouts.  Another worker was filmed beating pigs, with one pig being beaten 30 times in a minute, forcing the animal to sit […]

19 Sep 2016

DEFRA publishes review of regulations around racing greyhound welfare

DEFRA publishes review into the effectiveness of the Welfare of Racing Greyhound Regulations 2010. Under the Regulations, all tracks should: have a veterinary surgeon present at all race meetings and trials; with each greyhound examined by the vet prior to racing or trialling and no greyhound being allowed to run if the vet deems it is unfit to race for any reason; • ensure that the veterinary surgeon has suitable facilities; • provide an adequate number of suitably ventilated kennels; […]

31 Aug 2016

Volunteering for the WSPA by Eirian Whitehead

“I have always loved animals and as an LPC student I have been able to progress from my dreams of becoming the next Joy Adamson.” Eirian Whitehead on volunteering for the WSPA Eirian studied a history degree at King’s College London and completed her GDL at the University of Law. She is currently studying her LPC whilst acting as a voluntary legal assistant for Cats Protection. I have always loved animals and as an LPC student I have been able […]

31 Aug 2016

Ritual Slaughter by Dr Peter Bowen Walker

“Animal welfare, freedom of thought and conscience, and a free internal market are all core principles of the EU. Yet… these core principles are compromised to a greater or lesser extent in relation to the ritual slaughter issue.” Dr Peter Bowen Walker on ritual slaughter and animal welfare Peter is a biological scientist, lecturer and a part-time law student with an interest in animal welfare, habitat protection and environmental law. This article is reproduced with the kind permission of the […]

31 Aug 2016

Why Animal Law? by Sam Hawke

“At some point, you realise that reliance on bare species membership as the primary criterion for moral status is indefensible, and you (begrudgingly) let it go.” Sam Hawke explains why animal law is the way to go Sam is training to be a barrister in London. He has a degree in Philosophy and a Masters in Law. He spent some time as a paralegal at Leigh Day, and now volunteers at Islington Law Centre. I first became interested in animal […]

31 Aug 2016

Pursuing animal law: an Australian student’s perspective by Sally Jones

“As a teenager the three most influential features of my academic life were the environment, the law, and animal advocacy… I was introduced to animal law at 15, when I was handed an animal rights pamphlet.” Sally Jones shares an Australian student’s perspective Sally joined the Law Society of England and Wales as the administrator for the Corporate Responsibility, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion team in October 2014. Shortly before arriving in London, Sally completed her LLB (Hons) and Bachelor of […]

25 Aug 2016

Book Review: ‘Leviathan or, The Whale’ by Philip Hoare

Grace Wright, a BPTC student at BPP, was the runner-up in our 2015 Student Essay Competition. In this blog post she reviews Philip Hoare’s book, “Leviathan or, The Whale”. An eclectic blend of autobiography, travelogue, nature essay, social history and literary critique, Philip Hoare’s Leviathan is as enigmatic as the whale itself. Hoare weaves the numerous narrative threads together with expert literary craft to produce a truly beautiful book – a lone whale-lover’s heartfelt apology to the creatures that we have […]

21 Aug 2016

Day of Action: Animals Are Not Freight – 29th August 2016

Show your support for ending long distance transportation of live animals by getting involved in the Animals Are Not Freight Day of Action on Monday 29th August 2016. Animals Are Not Freight (www.notfreight.org) is encouraging individuals and organisations to get behind the movement to end this controversial practice, which sees millions of animals transported in inhumane and dangerous conditions every year. The 29th August has been chosen since it marks the 20th anniversary of one of the greatest tragedies of the […]

01 Jul 2016

ALAW Animal Law Guide to the Legal Implications of Brexit

In light of last week’s referendum decision to leave the EU, we have put together a short guide to the legal implications of exiting the EU. It is important to emphasise that the position at the present time is that the UK is still a full member of the EU, and there is currently very little clarity about when and how the UK’s legal relationship with the EU will change.  There appear to be significant differences between the leading campaigners […]

15 Jun 2016

Steven M. Wise’s Talk at Doughty Street Chambers by Randi Milgram

On June 13 2016, ALAW was honored to host Steven M. Wise at the Doughty Street Chambers. A professor of animal rights at several U.S. law schools and an esteemed author on the subject, Mr. Wise is also the founder and president of the Nonhuman Rights Project, the only civil rights organisation dedicated to the procurement of legal rights for nonhuman species. Mr. Wise spoke to the group about the Project’s steadfast efforts to affect change in the laws regarding […]