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Tag : animal law uk

18 Oct 2020

R (on the application of Highbury Poultry Farm Produce Ltd) (Appellant) v Crown Prosecution Service (Respondent) UKSC [2020] UKSC 39

Frances Allen and Reuben Solomon, public law barristers at Goldsmith Chambers   References in square brackets are to paragraphs in the Supreme Court judgment Issue in the appeal The issue for the Supreme Court was to determine whether: “the Divisional Court and District Judge Cadbury were correct to decide that the two offences charged under regulation 30(1)(g) of the Welfare of Animals at the Time of Killing (England) Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/1782) (“WATOK Regulations 2015”) – namely the breach by […]

10 Jul 2020

Hen Harrier Brood Management in England

By Luke Steele, Masters student at the University of Bradford, Managing Director and Spokesperson of Ban Bloodsports on Yorkshire’s Moors   At first glance, the Hen Harrier Recovery Plan (DEFRA, 2016) looks positive: a protection scheme for at-risk hen harriers that looks to give one of England’s rarest birds of prey a renewed foothold in the uplands. However, this brood management project may do more harm than good, even though Natural England, the government’s habitats regulator, has been clear that […]

17 Jun 2020

The Role of Beavers in UK Ecosystems

by Sophie Lunn The Eurasian Beaver (Castor fiber), formerly a native inhabitant of Britain, became locally extinct in the 16th century due to anthropogenic persecution and the classification of their species as vermin. Some studies show bounties placed on the head of the beaver well after this time, demonstrating perhaps a distaste towards the species.   Since then, much scientific evidence has shown the necessary role the beaver plays in our ecosystem, showing them as ecosystem engineers for their great impact in natural flood management.   […]

15 Jun 2020

From Victorians to the Modern Day: The Truth About UK Tiger Kings

by Emma Hinds Like many other people in lockdown, I have turned to Netflix for solace. One of the shows dominating public conversation lately is Tiger King. With murder, mayhem, and madness, it’s the ultimate binge show, but alongside meme-worthy content it also provides a horrifying insight into the wild cats trade in America. As a UK citizen, I watched this show with my jaw on the floor, shouting out “This would never happen here!” At least, that was what […]

10 Jun 2020

Book Review: Lucy’s Law – The story of a little dog who changed the world, by Marc Abraham

By Mina da Rui, LLM student In 21st century Great Britain, legal reasoning paths are slowly widening as human rights, environmental dysfunction, and animal injustice come to the fore of public consciousness. Animal law is a niche area of law, a tentative but growing jurisprudence. This growth paved the way for an animal law success story recently, one that captured the imagination of our nation’s people, governments, parliaments, media, and celebrities, after almost 10 years of hard campaigning. Author Marc […]

08 Jun 2020

Judicial Review of UK Oil Law and the Danger to Seahorses

By Erin Lanza During the early part of 2020, environmental and animal advocates turned their attention toward the devastating losses of wildlife in Australia. In a vastly different habitat, irresponsible human activity threatens the lives of seahorses. These animals now face a risk of extinction due to water pollution in coral reefs, mangrove swamps, and sea-grass beds in coastal regions. Indeed, Save Our Seahorses reports that, without vastly improved legal protection, seahorses may become extinct within 20-30 years. Unlike the […]

29 May 2020

Golden Eagles: A Persecuted Species

By Daniel Ball, solicitor  Somewhere in the bleak and unforgiving Scottish Highlands, golden eagles are persecuted for so-called ‘sport’. Grouse shooting is the hunting of red grouse between August and December each year. Large areas of land were devoted to grouse shooting by the early 1880s, when driven shooting (using beaters to drive the grouse towards waiting guns) became fashionable. Because gamekeepers did not want their grouse stock affected, they controlled predators. The legal control of predators such as foxes, […]

14 May 2020

How to set up an animal law course at your university

by Danielle Duffield, solicitor   FIRST: Form an A-law student group; become an ambassador at your university to raise the profile of the field If you would like your university to offer an animal law course, you could start by becoming a student ambassador for A-law or setting up an A-law student group within your university’s law faculty, if you don’t have one already. This will demonstrate the student interest in this burgeoning field. A student ambassador or group could […]

12 May 2020

The Campaign for Compulsory Microchipping of Cats

by Imogen Mellor   Cats Protection campaigns for the mandatory microchipping of owned cats. They state that “cats are independent and curious creatures – part of the reason we love them. But this means that they can end up lost, perhaps far from home. Microchipping is a safe and permanent way to identify a cat and the best way of ensuring lost cats are returned to their loving families.” The hope is that mandatory microchipping will lead to fewer unidentified […]

25 Feb 2020

University of Aberdeen Law Students Assist with Scottish Bill Submission

As law students, we spend more time studying than experiencing the actual law-making process. Since we all have a strong interest in animal welfare and related studies at the University of Aberdeen, we excitedly welcomed the opportunity to work alongside Mike Radford on a joint submission for the public consultation on the Animals and Wildlife (Penalties, Protections and Powers) (Scotland) Bill. While the intention behind the bill – to increase the maximum penalties for welfare offences – is commendable, we […]