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Tag : animal welfare law

11 Feb 2020

The Ramifications of Breeding Brachycephalic Dogs

By Julia Lee Heaving and wheezing, panting and collapsing, brachycephalic dogs struggle to breathe and survive due to severe morphological abnormalities, including the recognised characteristics of short-face and airway obstruction. Brachycephalic dogs includes pugs, bulldogs, boxers, and Staffordshire terriers.  Witnessing their health struggles is distressing from any perspective, but for a veterinarian it’s even more  frustrating to treat these conditions when they are predictable, resulting from selective breeding. Breeding these traits results in severe welfare problems, which to many vets […]

21 Jul 2019

Three Canadian Lawyers Shaping the Future for Animals By Kate Fowler

This is the final piece in a series focusing on the female lawyers featured in the multimedia documentary project Unbound, co-founded by acclaimed photojournalist Jo-Anne McArthur (We Animals, The Ghosts in Our Machine) and Dr Keri Cronin (Department of Visual Arts, Brock University). Find out more at unboundproject.org In Canada, as elsewhere, the field of animal law is burgeoning. Here, we speak with three exceptional lawyers, all committed vegans, who use the law as a tool for animal liberation. Lesli Bisgould is a […]

16 Jan 2018

A-law joins forces with over 40 animal charities to produce the Brexit Manifesto for Animals

UK Government urged to take action on cruel puppy trade, live farm animal exports, foie gras and fur imports, farm subsidies and severe animal experiments to ensure UK can maintain its role as pioneer for animals as Britain exits EU. The UK Centre for Animal Law and Wildlife and Countryside Link[1] are today releasing a new report ‘Brexit – getting the best deal for animals’ calling on the UK Government to turn words into action for animals. The report is […]

07 Jan 2018

‘Sentient beings’ and ‘tradable products:’ exploring the status of animals under European Union law by Katy Sowery

Katy Sowery is a PhD candidate in EU law at the University of Liverpool. Her research interests include constitutional law and the law relating to animals. *This is a summary of an article due to be published in the Common Market Law Review (2018) Issue 55 Volume 1, available online at: https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3090363. In the European Union animals are formally recognised both as “sentient beings” and as “agricultural products” in the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU.) This “dual […]

22 Dec 2017
EFRA Animal Welfare Bill Inquiry

EFRA Committee launches pre-legislative inquiry into Government’s new Animal Welfare Bill

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Committee has launched a pre-legislative inquiry into the Government’s recently published Animal Welfare (Sentencing and Recognition of Sentience) Bill. The Bill makes provisions to reflect animal sentience in domestic law and increase animal cruelty sentences to a maximum of five years’ imprisonment. Views are sought by 17th January 2018. In particular, the Committee would like to receive views on the following: The Bill requires Ministers to have “regard to the welfare needs of […]

22 Dec 2017
Government puppy farming law

Government announces new proposals around dog breeding and puppy sales

The Government has announced it plans to introduce new regulations around dog breeding and puppy selling, and that new legislation to introduce these measures could be published early 2018. The Government is considering – amongst others – the following new regulations: • Licensed dog breeders must show puppies with their mothers before a sale; • Puppy sales should be completed whilst the new owner is present; • Licensed dog breeders must only sell puppies they have themselves bred; and • […]

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) […]

29 Nov 2017
A-law Animal Sentience Briefing Note

A-law releases legal briefing note on Brexit, Article 13, and “animal sentience”

Introduction and summary On 15 November 2017 a vote took place in the House of Commons on a proposed amendment to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill (the Withdrawal Bill). The amendment (referred to as “New Clause 30”, or “NC30”) sought to incorporate into UK law Article 13 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU). Article 13 states that the EU and its member States “shall, since animals are sentient beings, pay full regard to the welfare requirements […]