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Careers in Animal Law

The first book of its kind, Careers in Animal Law: Welfare, Protection and Advocacy is an invaluable resource for law students interested in animal law, seasoned attorneys seeking a new direction, or any lawyer interested in building a career dealing with one of the law's fastest-growing legal disciplines. The book is designed to assist in:

• Gaining an overview of the field from a practicing animal lawyer and professor of animal law
• Forging a successful animal law career with firms of all types and sizes, government agencies, corporations, or...more >>

EuroGroup for Animal Law Studies

“EuroGroup for Animal Law studies” (EGALS) is a collaborative partnership aimed to increase the interest of the European legal community for Animal Law and thus to encourage and facilitate the emergence of Animal Law Studies in European universities as well as to further research in this area.

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Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines (Australia)

Under the Australian Animal Welfare Strategy (AAWS) and Animal Health Australia (AHA) management, the existing Codes will be re-written in a new format, to incorporate both the national welfare standards and industry guidelines for each species or enterprise (e.g. saleyards, abattoirs). The process involves a wide range of stakeholders and follows an agreed business plan, giving consideration to one of the key objectives of the ‘Australian Animal Welfare Strategy’ (AAWS) which is to facilitate consistency of legislation across states and territories for improved and...more >>

International Animal-Law Newsletter March 2013

International Animal Law (IAL) update is a brief summary of some of the news items posted on IAL within the last few months.

I expect that like the rest of the team at International Animal Law (IAL) , you're also saying something like "it's March -- already!" And with the onset of March, it's time to send you a quick update on some of the items that have featured on the website of IAL recently: 
  • With issues -- and risks -- of biosecurity featuring as a key topic of interest for many professionals, issues of ...more >>

Snail described as "the size of a cricket ball" (Australia)

No, it's not photoshopped! A snail described as "the size of a cricket ball" and posing a serious threat to Australia's biosecurity has been destroyed after it was found creeping across a Brisbane container yard. Staff called the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) after finding the large snail crawling across the cement yard.

It was a Giant African Snail. The exotic pest has an insatiable appetite and is capable of destroying 500 hundred types of plants including vegetable crops, fruit trees and Australia's native eucalypts. Giant African Snails can...more >>

Gateway to Farm Animal Welfare

The FAO "Gateway to Farm Animal Welfare" provides a valuable access point for a wide range of information related to the welfare of farm animals. It operates on a participatory platform to retrieve and submit information, as well as to engage in commonly developed projects and thematic discussions. 

Have a look if you haven't visited the FAO Gateway recently.

World rejects new protections for polar bears

A U.S. plan to give new protection to polar bears was voted down recently at an international conference on endangered species.

The American delegation at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) meeting in Bangkok, Thailand, had sought a ban on the international trade of polar bear parts. The ban was opposed by Canada, home to the world's largest population of polar bears, as well as Norway and Greenland. It failed with 38 votes for, 42 against and 46 abstentions.
"Unfortunately, politics seem to...more >>

Voiceless is hiring! (Australia)

Voiceless is an independent, non-profit think tank focused on raising awareness of animals suffering in factory farming and the kangaroo industry in Australia, and they are presently looking for a new legal counsel.  Applications are currently open and close on 13 March 2013.  See full details at ...more >>

Inverse relationship between budget cuts and biosecurity risks (New Zealand)

A damning report that reveals New Zealand is at risk of a major biosecurity breach is the result of a Government determined to slash budgets whatever the cost, says Labour Leader David Shearer and Primary Industries and Biosecurity spokesperson Damien O’Connor. "This Government’s slash and burn approach to biosecurity has put our entire economy at risk, from agriculture to horticulture, forestry and tourism. National’s hands-off approach to biosecurity is plain reckless. It has cut funding, slashed front-line staff and failed to properly prepare for an incursion,...more >>

PC Peach gives statement – only problem is, it’s a dog

West Midlands Police could be in the doghouse after someone from the force filled out a form in the guise of one of their police dogs, Peach.

The faux statement was brief and said: ‘I chase him. I bite him. Bad man. He tasty. Good boy. Good boy Peach.’

It also came complete with a ‘signature’ from the Alsatian, which was a print of its paw.

It was reportedly written in response to a barrage of requests from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) for an account from PC Peach on a matter, the Daily Mail reports. 

Officers are said to have...more >>