Animal Law News

More $ for your McPork?

Is animal welfare important enough to you to buy cage free eggs? What about cage free pigs?

Look for the conflicts between (a) ethical food production and (b) cost of production that hinge on (c) consumer choices in the following account involving your McPork.
 
Ethical Food Production: A billionaire investor has reportedly called on the McDonalds fast food chain to stop buying pork from suppliers that house pigs in crates on the basis that confining pigs in crates during their pregnancy is inhumane. He also pointed out that 10 years ago...more >>

England’s Sentient Christmas Box

England’s Sentience Bill has reportedly passed its final stage and animals are set to be explicitly legislatively recognised as sentient. In 2015, New Zealand did the same thing when it explicitly recognised animals as sentient in its 2015 Amendment to the Animal Welfare Act 1999.
 
Shortly after New Zealand’s explicit legislative recognition of animals as sentient, I was attending a meeting in England and a senior English policy adviser, who knew I was from New Zealand, smilingly approached me during the tea break. He greeted me by saying ‘...more >>

Critically thinking about animal law

On a scale from 1-10, how much CRITICAL THINKING did you see in the last 7 animal-related articles, worldviews and proposals that you’ve read?

Critical thinking is a process of ‘HOW’ to think, not ‘what’ to think.

Critical thinking is an important element of all professional fields. It’s worth a moment to point out that going through the motions of critical thinking is not the same as demonstrating a genuine capability to think critically. There are IDENTIFIABLE FEATURES OF 'WEAK' CRITICAL THINKING that include, for example, (a)...more >>

Can you see the predictable outcome of England's Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill?

In March 2022 England's House of Commons Library produced a report on the Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill.

You can read the report at https://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/CBP-9423/CBP-942...

The ‘Summary’ within that report is revealing for those who recognise how the animal (and its life experience termed ‘welfare’) is caught in a maze...more >>

Has the EU implemented genuinely 'modern' animal 'welfare' standards?

'Are the current EU animal welfare standards future fit or can we expect further updates'?

That's the opening line of a March 2022 article following the most recent animal welfare legal developments within the EU.

It's a good question. The article continued by pointing out that society is increasingly concerned about animal welfare. There is good reason for that concern given that the inseparable human-animal relationship means that standards of animal law have significant consequences for animals and people....more >>

Cows Are the New Coal?

One of the early, attention-grabbing announcements at November’s COP climate conference in Glasgow was a commitment by more than 105 countries to join a U.S.- and E.U.-led coalition to cut 30% of methane emissions by 2030. 
 
The potent greenhouse gas, which is up to 80 times more effective at heating the planet than carbon dioxide in the short term, has often been considered the lowest hanging fruit when it comes to slowing down global warming. 
 
The COP pledges alone would slash warming projections by 0.2°C by...more >>

Feeding cows seaweed to reduce methane emissions

Methane is a short-lived but powerful greenhouse gas and the second-largest contributor to climate change after carbon dioxide. And the majority of human-induced methane emissions comes from livestock.
 
About 70% of agricultural methane comes from enteric fermentation – chemical reactions in the stomachs of cows and other grazing animals as they break down plants. The animals burp out most of this methane and pass the rest as flatulence.
 
There are roughly 1 billion cattle around the world, so reducing enteric methane is an...more >>

Another virus - Avian Flu (again)

Chances are there are very few people on the planet that don't know more about viruses today than they did a couple of years ago.
 
But this news isn't about COVID. This is another virus that poses a threat to people because it's a zoonosis.
 
The UK's chief veterinary officer has told the BBC there is a "phenomenal level" of avian flu in the UK.
 
Tens of thousands of farmed birds have already been culled, as the " largest number of premises ever" in an avian influenza...more >>

No Animal Left Behind

Eurogroup for Animals has stated they have until September to persuade the European Commission to undertake a complete review of ALL legislation that affects farmed animals in Europe.

 
Eurogroup for Animals is running an event promoting that it "will launch a report with a compilation of evidence of the unfitness of the current animal welfare legislation, using the 5 domains model as a way of analysing it. We will also highlight commercially viable production systems, demonstrating that a solid and deep revision of the EU legislation to higher animal...more >>

‘Farcical’ penalty for misleading cattle declaration

Cattle exporters have slammed a “slap on the wrist” penalty handed down to a livestock producer who falsified National Vendor Declaration information and applied incorrect NLIS tags on a consignment of dairy heifers to gain access to the premium-priced export trade to China.
 
The consignment was discovered and removed from a pre-export quarantine facility by Agriculture Victoria investigators in May 2019 before they were due to be shipped.
 
After entering an early guilty plea in the Sale Magistrates Court in Victoria...more >>