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26 Jun 2019

Animal sentience within the law – an international perspective by Grace Hudson

Animal sentience broadly refers to the ability of animals to feel, for example, by experiencing pain, pleasure, or suffering. Scientific literature generally accepts that all vertebrate species are sentient, and increasing research shows that invertebrate species are also sentient.[1] As early as the 1800s, Darwin proposed that some animals were capable of self-consciousness, a trait previously assumed to be solely human. Research has since shown that animals including dolphins, elephants, and magpies are capable of mirror self-recognition.[2] Despite the extensive […]

25 Apr 2019

April Book of the Month: ‘Sentience and Animal Welfare’ by Professor Donald Broom

Each month we will be featuring a ‘Book of the month.’ We will be selecting from books about animals that our readership finds interesting and informative. If you come across an interesting animal related book (science, law, ethics, policy or simply general interest) please send us your nomination along with the reasons for your choice. Our first book of the month is Sentience and Animal Welfare by Donald Broom, Professor of Animal Welfare (Emeritus) at the University of Cambridge. From […]

23 Apr 2019

Wild Animal Welfare Committee (WAWC) Conference 2019

Paula Sparks and Natalie Harney report on the Wild Animal Welfare Committee (WAWC) Conference 2019. We had the recent privilege of attending the second conference hosted by WAWC, a body that provides independent advice about the welfare of free-living wild animals in the UK. We would suggest that what emerged from this thoroughly interesting and informative conference was a consensus that the current legislative regime protecting wild animals leaves much to be desired, that much work remains to be done […]

28 Oct 2018

My time as an MSc Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law student at the University of Glasgow by Megan Baker

Last September, I began studying an MSc in Animal Welfare, Science, Ethics and Law at the University of Glasgow. The course is split into three semesters: the first focusing on science research skills, the second ethics and law, with the third dedicated to completing the dissertation or “research project”. Before this I gained my undergraduate degree in law at the University of Birmingham, which is where I became interested in the idea of animal law. During the course of my […]

23 Oct 2018

Donkey Attractions are not Attractive: How Spanish traditions and tourist attractions are causing donkey cruelty by Riley Forson

Ever since I was a little girl, I have always held a special place in my heart for donkeys. This summer I visited El Refugio Del Burrito, and, as always, was humbled by the warmth and affection of the donkeys I saw, especially considering the abject suffering they have been through to find a home with the charity. El Refugio Del Burrito, alongside its UK counter-part, The Donkey Sanctuary, works tirelessly to try to end the cruelty inflicted on donkeys […]

21 Oct 2018

A-law teams up with WCL and Leigh Day to host Seminar about farming and animal welfare post-Brexit

On Monday 19th November 2018 A-law will be c0-hosting a free seminar with Wildlife & Countryside Link and Leigh Day about farming and animal welfare post-Brexit. The seminar, entitled ‘Agriculture & Animal Welfare Post-Brexit’, takes place in Central London from 2:00pm – 4:3opm and will feature the following presentations: Chair’s Introduction Carol Day, Consultant Solicitor, Leigh Day ‘The Agriculture Bill: Will it Secure a Green Brexit?’ Thomas Lancaster, Principal Policy Officer for Agriculture at the RSPB and Vice-Chair of the […]

14 Oct 2018

Pepys, Phyla & Philosophy: A History of Animal Welfare Law in the UK (Part One) by Corrina Lewis

This is the first in a series of posts focusing on the history and philosophy of UK animal law, containing a brief overview and looking at some of the people whose ideas have shaped the view of animals that informs our laws today. Throughout history humanity has drawn some fairly arbitrary lines between different animal species when choosing friends, foes, and food. Cats were worshipped in ancient Egypt, dogs have been our companions for thousands of years, yet other species […]

20 Jun 2018

CAWSEL Course on Law and Companion Animal & Horse Welfare open for registration

CAWSEL (Courses on Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law) are delighted to return to St Catharine’s College, University of Cambridge, for the Law and Companion Animal and Horse Welfare course on 12-15 September 2018. What is CAWSEL? CAWSEL is a professionally developed range of courses providing attendees with a broad appreciation of animal welfare science, ethics and law. With a legacy spanning over two decades, CAWSEL is comprised of four Courses aimed at veterinarians, veterinary nurses, animal welfare researchers, animal […]

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 […]

27 Apr 2016

EFRA Sub-Committee on animal welfare: domestic pets

Overview: The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Sub-Committee is currently holding a series of inquiries into animal welfare issues. Domestic pets including cats, dogs and horses are the initial focus of the Sub-Committee, with attention turning to exotic pets at a later date. ALAW’s involvement: ALAW has made written submissions to the Sub-Committee on the issue of leniency of sentences in animal cruelty cases. Those submissions can be read here. ALAW trustee Mike Radford has also made submissions to the […]