What's the real issue with live exports?
New Zealand's Minister for Agriculture recently announced a ban on live cattle exports by sea, with a two-year period to phase out the trade.
Unsurprisingly, and mirroring the usual polarized views regarding the use of animals, you'll find the usual groups applauding the announcement, and others decrying it.
It's not the first time that clashes of opinion regarding live exports of animals have been the topical point of discussion for politicians, media, and all those with animal welfare interests...more >>
There are those that talk about "sentience" and law that recognises animals as "sentient", as if it was something new. Actually, it's not. In fact, 200 years ago the law recognised animals as sentient when it criminalised people's actions that resulted in animals unnecessarily "feeling or experiencing" (which is the definition of sentience) pain, distress or suffering.
So "animal sentience" is IMPLICIT in law wherever there is any kind of animal protection/anti-cruelty law. ...more >>
A croc farm has been designed to supply skins to make handbags and shoes would be one of the biggest in Australia under plan approved by Australia's Northern Territory government. The venture has attracted the attention of animal welfare groups.
An association of New Zealand lawyers (The New Zealand Animal Law Association (NZALA)) has been successful in privately prosecuting New Zealand’s first rodeo case,, and in challenging a Code of Welfare in respect of the use of farrowing crates for pigs.
Rodeo and the use of electric prodders
A District Court found a farmer guilty of using an electric prodder on two distressed cattle during two separate rodeo events, one in 2016 and the other in 2017. The two events involved steers who were used for a team roping rodeo competition.
It was...more >>
In early September 2020, a ship taking nearly 6,000 cows out of New Zealand, capsized off the coast of Japan. It’s been reported that the ship capsized because the ship's engine failed, then it was hit by a freak wave.
Now look at the headlines, commentary and stakeholders that have waded in to the discussion associated with that event.
When it comes to looking after dogs, do you think providing a dog with regular exercise is a sign of a "responsible" dog owner?
If the answer to that question is "yes", then how much exercise per day do you think is necessary? And what counts as "exercise"?
The opportunity for exercise, explore and play are among those factors recognised as providing "positive states" for animals according to the scientific knowledge of the Five Domains. ["negative" states are conditions such...more >>