In a world where the law is moving towards greater recognition of animals "dignity" and "sentience", the science of animals emotions will foreseeably translate into responsibilities applied to people to ensure that animals have a "quality-of-life".
Two major airlines have stopped transporting laboratory animals from mainland Spain to the Canary Islands, an archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean. Their move has put research projects on the islands on hold and has left scientists and politicians scrambling for solutions. The ban is particularly problematic for researchers who need transgenic mice, which are often ordered from specialized labs.
The issue may soon be debated in the Spanish parliament; some members want the federal government in Madrid to force the companies to lift their ban
The struggle to protect the vaquita, the world’s most endangered marine mammal, illustrates the complexities of conservation.
The Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association (ALRTA) has outlined the policies its members should adhere to in its National Animal Welfare Policy.
A leading animal welfare professor says neuroscience research has caught up to animal welfare theories and demonstrated links between positive experiences and good health.
As the foundation director of the Animal Welfare Science and Bioethics Centre at New Zealand's Massey University, Professor David Mellor's team has had a significant influence on New Zealand's welfare codes.
The Codes now include freeing pregnant sows from stalls in piggeries and improving facilities for layer hens in cages.
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In terms of "the law" as it applies to animals, it's a sad reality that all too often there is an assumption by many people that if a prosecution is undertaken against an individual for animal related matters, then "they must be guilty". That's not always the case, and that's why there are defense solicitors. One of the jobs of solicitors is to look at what's reasonable on the farm and, in terms of the total situation, explore alternatives to prosecution itself or sentencing options.