Animal Law News

UK law will specifically recognise animal sentience

Michael Gove has promised to make “any necessary changes” to UK law to recognise that animals can feel pain, after a social media campaign accused Conservative MPs of voting down proposals to accept they are sentient beings.
The environment secretary issued a statement to the House of Commons insisting that it was a misconception to say Tory MPs voted against the idea that animals are sentient and feel pain.
But he clarified that the government was now looking at making UK law specifically recognise animal sentience,...more >>

Dogs raced against cheetahs

If Trump reverses elephant trophy ban…

The announcement that the Trump administration is considering overturning the US ban on elephant trophy imports from Zambia and Zimbabwe is one that directly threatens the lives of African park rangers who are tasked with protecting elephants and their ecosystems.
Over the last 10 years, more than 1,000 rangers – who are employed by governments, NGOs and private companies – have lost their lives in the line of duty.
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Put 6th and 7th December in your diary

Webinar dates to put in your calendar...
Wednesday, December 6: Factory farming, food
  • Is it realistic to think that there will ever be an agreed worldwide standard for animal care and protection?  
  • Webinar title: “Putting the sentiment animal in a global model of animal welfare”
  • Antoine F. Goetschei , President Global Animal Law Association
Thursday, December 7: Veterinarians, front-line conflicts of interest...more >>

November Webinar dates to put in your calendar...

Wednesday, November 1: Factory farming, food

  • What do you think about raising animals as a source of food? 
  • Webinar title: “Will law's sentient animal spell the end of factory farming? An NGO perspective.” 
  • Philip Lymbery, Chief Executive, Compassion in World Farming

Thursday, November 2: Veterinarians, animal abuse

  • Would you expect veterinarians to "get involved" to protect animals that are being abused? Would you be surprised...more >>

Don't miss your OCTOBER 11 and 12 webinars

From the September webinars, you should now be able to:

  1. State what the lawyer sees as the 3 elements of the “sentience” legislative definition; 
  2. Have clarity around the...more >>

What Humpback Whales Teach About Compassion

Humpbacks act to improve the welfare of others; the classic definition of altruism.

Humpbacks, it turns out, deliberately interfere with attacking killer whales to help others in distress. They don’t just defend their own babies or close relatives.  ...more >>

FREE WEBINARS! (6 and 13 September 2017): The Sentient Animal: What Changes?

Join us for two exciting FREE webinars, that will discuss what changes now that the law has recognised animals as "sentient”? – presented by leading experts in the field!

Wednesday, September 6 Topic: “How do you want the law to define sentience so that it benefits people and animals?” with Dr lan A. Robertson, Barrister and Animal Law Specialist, Guardianz Lawyers and Consultants 

Wednesday, September 13 Topic: “What changes now that the law has recognised animals as "sentient?" with Dr Kate...more >>

Research shows that consciousness isn’t what makes humans special

In a time where there is increasing recognition of animals as "sentient" in the law of countries around the world, the question is "where do we draw the line"? If an animal is not defined...more >>

Discouraging Trophy Fishing For Threatened Species

Researchers from North America came together to investigate whether trophy fishing, as promoted by the International Game Fish Association (IGFA), inherently compromises conservation of endangered species. It is well known that overfishing is one of the greatest threats to marine biodiversity. Selective fishing on a mass scale lead to declines in marine fish population size and body size.

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