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 >>
It's not unusual for a private organisation or a charity to conduct a court case challenging governance performance, standards or positions. PETA, Greenpeace and the Animal Legal Defence Fund ("ALDF") are just a few of the many organisations who have taken their challenge to the courtroom.
In July 2020 the New Zealand Animal Law Society went to the High Court to review whether the use of cages in pig farming is illegal under the Animal Welfare Act 1999.
Media reports on the internet and on television demonstrate the polarised views...more >>
Do animals "think" and "feel"? Yes? No?