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02 Apr 2021

World Aquatic Animal Day 2021 & UK Legal Protections for Fish

By Otis Graham, barrister April 3 marked the second celebration of World Aquatic Animal Day, an occasion created by the Lewis & Clark Law School and its Aquatic Animal Law Initiative (AALI). The theme this year is ‘The Impact of Our Human Activities on Aquatic Animals’. Human activity impacts aquatic animals (fish and other animals with aquatic habitats) in many ways. An estimated 0.79-2.3 trillion fish are wild caught and killed for food globally every year, and billions more are […]

18 Feb 2021

International Marine Mammal Protection Day: Law Reform to Protect Marine Mammals Globally

By Chris Butler-Stroud and Sarah Dolman, Whale and Dolphin Conservation   For International Marine Mammal Protection Day, we asked WCD what laws they would like to see changed to protect marine mammals. This is their response.    The increasing pressures that marine mammals face worldwide, including bycatch and pollution (noise, litter, and chemical), remain an ongoing conservation and welfare challenge. In all ocean basins, anthropogenic impacts are leading to population declines and extinctions. Entire populations as well as individuals are […]

16 Feb 2021

Legal insight into the impact of factory farming on human health

By Cathy Jaquiss & Alexis Slatter, barristers-at-law The recent judicial opinion in McKiver v. Murphy-Brown, LLC (4th Cir. 2020) features insightful analysis of what happens when the farming industry forgets that better treatment of non-human animals will benefit humans. Documenting the worst of factory farming practices, McKiver looks at how awareness of the adverse effects of poor farming practices on humans, especially frequently marginalised groups, may lead to an advancement in the welfare of non-human animals. The judicial opinion found […]

05 Feb 2021

Changes to Regulations Regarding Emotional Support Animals on Airplanes

By Angelica Botta, LLB   Last month, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced it has amended the Air Carrier Access Act, affecting the regulations concerning service animals and emotional support animals. The department received more than 15,000 comments from passengers with disabilities, airlines, flight attendants, airport staff, and members of the public regarding air travel with animals. The allowance of emotional support animals (ESA) on airplanes is a controversial topic, with one side of the continual argument relying on the […]

06 Jan 2021

The Fight Against Canada’s Horse Meat Trade

By Francesca Nicholls, BPTC student The Canadian Horse Defence Coalition (‘CHDC’), a collective organisation of people and national groups, has lobbied since 2012 to ban the transport and export of live horses from Canada to other countries for the purpose of human consumption. Thousands of horses are shipped overseas by air cargo. In 2016, public records show that 5,839 horses were shipped to Japan for this purpose. Videos taken by CHDC at both Canadian and Japanese airports appear to provide […]

17 Nov 2020

Bureau rejects Scottish Wildcat Haven Bern Convention Complaint

By Sophie Mills, Trainee Solicitor   The Scottish wildcat (Felis silvestris) is one of the few native predators left in Scotland. With only 35 recorded in northern Scotland in recent years, they are at risk of genetic extinction. Three main factors have contributed to this: (1) hunting for sport; (2) loss and fragmentation of their habitat; and (3) hybridisation and associated disease. In 1988, the Scottish wildcat gained legal protection under schedule 5 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, […]

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 Sep 2020

The Troubling Case of Non-Stun Slaughter: A Comment on the Opinion of Advocate General Hogan in Centraal Israëlitisch Consistorie van België and Others

by Dr. Joe Wills, Leicester University Introduction There is now growing awareness that the struggles for animal rights and human rights are interconnected. The industrial exploitation of animals in the farming sector and other settings is not only horrific for the animals themselves, but also has array of terrible consequences for humans. For example, the intensive exploitation of animals for food has been linked to the present COVID-19 global pandemic, environmental devastation, inhumane working conditions, and greater propensity for violence against humans, to give just a […]

29 Jul 2020

North Carolina’s ‘Ag-Gag Law’ Declared Unconstitutional

By Addison Luck, Earth Law Manager for the Earth Law Center In 2016, eight American organizations, including the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), challenged North Carolina’s controversial ‘ag-gag lawi’ as a major violation of free speech in the United States. The case was first dismissed by a district court and then reversed by an appellate court. But then in June 2020, after gaining support from several news organizations, the advocacy groups […]

23 Jul 2020

Changes in Wuhan: A Temporary Reprieve for the Wildlife of China

By Denise Ho, student at Durham University Following the outbreak of Covid-19, regulations in China have attracted a great deal of attention. The main piece of legislation governing China’s use of its environment is called The Law of the People’s Republic of China on the Protection of Wildlife (1988). This act expressly states its aim of protecting species that are rare or near extinction, and it pledges to use natural resources rationally. Also, the act highlights a need for China […]