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Tag : Animal Law

19 Apr 2021

Is 2021 the year the UK finally bans foie gras?

By Jenny Canham, Campaigns and Public Affairs Specialist, Animal Equality UK   Animal Equality, a leading animal protection organisation, has joined with cross-party MP representatives to respond to DEFRA’s recent announcement of plans to implement a ban on foie gras imports ‘in the next few months’. In the latest issue of The Observer,1 Animal Equality released an open letter urging George Eustice MP and Lord Zac Goldsmith to share a concrete roadmap, publicly outlining when and how the ban will […]

31 Mar 2021

Sentient Rights v. Animal Rights: Advantages and Disadvantages

By Pablo P. Castelló, PhD Candidate in Philosophy at Royal Holloway University of London   Philosopher Alasdair Cochrane has recently developed the notion of sentient rights, a system that would recognise all sentient animals as bearers of rights.i He interprets Peter Singer’s understanding of sentience as “the capacity for conscious experience,” and thus contends that this implies sentient animals “have a sense of ‘self’”, insofar as they can “experience the world and their place in it”.ii This also means such […]

19 Feb 2021

Andrew Rosindell MP: It’s Time for a Pet in Every Home!

by Andrew Rosindell M.P.   Our pets have been worth their weight in gold during lockdown. In an age of isolation, our beloved feline and canine companions have been a vital source of companionship when most human interaction has been suspended. This is particularly true for people living alone, for whom loneliness has been a constant problem this past year. Without the companionship of their pet, there would be no escape from that awful feeling of being alone. Indeed, people living […]

09 Feb 2021

Book of the Month: Randall S. Abate’s ‘What Can Animal Law Learn from Environmental Law?’

The book “What Can Animal Law Learn from Environmental Law?”, now in its second edition, is at once a legal textbook (though a fairly accessible one) and a call to action. It’s a veritable treatise on the answer to the title question, as well as the answer to the reverse. Professor Abate’s well-curated book features 29 chapters of dense research and compelling arguments, each written by established professors and leaders of their fields. The wisdom in comparing and combining the […]

15 Jan 2021

Animal Rights and Personhood: Past, Present, and Future

by Ankita Shanker, BPTC This piece is published in recognition of International Animal Rights Day, which occurred on December 10. Beginning in 1998, individuals, organisations, and associations around the world have celebrated International Animal Rights Day every December 10, as it is the date when, in 1948, the UN adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This day serves to remind society that humans are not the only species deserving of freedom, justice, and dignity.    More than a century […]

23 Dec 2020

Celebrity culture and its Impact on Animal Law Reform

By Paula Sparks, A-law chairperson    With a recent article citing claims that celebrities posing with monkeys could be ‘fuelling the extinction of our nearest living relatives’, we ask: are celebrities promoting poor animal welfare, from cropped ears to primate pets? What do you think?   There is no denying the influence of celebrities on modern culture, so when celebrities are not properly informed about animal welfare, their actions can have wide-reaching, and often unintended, impact. This impact is exemplified by the recent clash of cultures […]

15 Nov 2020

Human-Animal Relationship Awareness Week: UK No-Pet Clauses

By Randi Milgram & Michelle Strauss, Companion Animal Special Interest Group co-chairs   This past week, we joined with the Animals & Society Institute (ASI) in the United States in celebrating Human-Animal Relationship Awareness Week. ASI studies and promotes human-animal relationships with the aim of honouring and raising awareness of the importance and variety of these relationships, highlighting benefits and potential problems “in order to create safer and more compassionate communities for all – people and animals.” In the UK, […]

28 Oct 2020

A summary review of Edith Barabash’s presentation “From the Courtroom to the Farm: What we Learn From Cows”

By Rebecca Jones, clinical research professional   A recent public Zoom event called “From the Courtroom to the Farm: What We Learn From Cows”, chronicled Canadian law student Edith Barabash’s journey from cow farm worker to animal advocating law student. The event was presented by Friends of Animals (FAM) at Monmouth University, New Jersey, and is a must-watch for anyone looking to understand the role that sanctuaries can play in animal welfare education, and specifically the role that cows can […]

26 Oct 2020

National Pitbull Awareness Day: Perspective on Our Relationship with Pit Bull Types and Legal Controls

By Sophia Di Giovanna, student of Animal Welfare & Society at University of Winchester   National Pit Bull Awareness Day occurs annually October 26. Since 2007, advocates hope that the celebration of this day sheds light on the true nature of this much-maligned breed. In the early 1800s, the pit bull terrier was imported into the USA from the UK to fulfil the role of family protector, as well as for chasing away barn pests. In the UK, pit bulls […]

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 […]