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Tag : animal cruelty

10 Sep 2020

As more and more countries ban the cruel events of rodeos, others refuse

By Tiffany Mitchell, A-law Legal Support Officer “Rodeos are events in which animals are subjected to violence and cruelty in the name of ‘sport,’”[1] states the New Zealand SPCA. Although the SPCA is advocating for a ban, rodeos are not yet banned in New Zealand. And while, in 2017, Labour’s animal welfare spokesperson Trevor Mallard had promised to ban the use of flank straps, electric prodders, and calf roping in New Zealand, the agricultural minister now says those issues are […]

06 May 2020

Covid-19 & Wildlife: An Opportunity to Reflect & Change?

By Sophie Lunn, student at Nottingham Trent University   Covid-19, the human illness caused by the novel virus SARS-COV-2, has been causing worry and disruption since it first emerged. Attention immediately turned to its origin: where did this new virus come from? Despite all the efforts made in China to contain the virus, it has become a pandemic. Cases have been confirmed in more than 110 countries, and the number of lives lost to the virus continues to rise. The economic toll is likely to run into trillions of US dollars. The first cases of infection appear to trace […]

25 Sep 2019

September Book of the Month: ‘Beyond Cages: Animal Law and Criminal Punishment’ by Justin Marceau

Justin Marceau’s ground-breaking work challenges a widely held belief within the animal protection movement: that more severe criminal punishments against animal abusers advance protections for animals. The book persuasively argues that the movement should pause to consider whether these efforts to implement tougher sentences for animal abuse are in fact effective, or morally justifiable. Marceau reflects on the animal protection movement in the United States by considering the work of animal advocates to alongside other struggles for social justice. In […]

12 Dec 2017

Draft Animal Welfare (Sentencing and Recognition of Sentience) Bill Released

The Government has released a draft Animal Welfare (Sentencing and Recognition of Sentience) Bill 2017, which will enshrine animal sentience in UK domestic law and increase animal cruelty sentences to a maximum of five years’ imprisonment in England and Wales.   Section 1 of the draft Bill reads:   Welfare needs of animals as sentient beings (1) Ministers of the Crown must have regard to the welfare needs of animals as sentient beings in formulating and implementing government policy. (2) […]

27 Apr 2016

ALAW pursues stronger sentencing in animal cruelty cases

We have received a number of enquiries from people concerned about inadequate sentencing in cases of animal cruelty. As a legal charity concerned exclusively with animal welfare issues, we have raised concerns about the sentencing regime for animal cruelty cases to a Parliamentary Committee (The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Sub-Committee), which is currently examining domestic animal welfare provisions. Read more about the progress of the EFRA Sub-Committee here. ALAW put in written submissions to the EFRA Sub-Committee. ALAW’s […]