Animal Law News

Consistent road transport standards across Australian States and Territories?

New laws governing the treatment of livestock during road transport are now in force across the Northern Territory. The Territory's chief vet Malcolm Anderson says the laws provide a way of enforcing acceptable animal welfare standards.

The laws are based on pre-existing industry codes of practice and are now being used by all states to ensure there's a consistent approach across Australia. 

The US threatens to take Indonesia to the WTO over trade restrictions

The United States is threatening to take Indonesia to the World Trade Organisation if it doesn't lift restrictions on horticulture and meat imports.The US trade representative is giving Indonesia 60 days to respond, or the US will call for a dispute panel to be set up at the WTO. 

The US letter claims Indonesia has created a web of import licences that unfairly restrict US exports and protect Indonesian agriculture. Australian fruit exporters are also upset by new import regulations.
Horticultural exporters say the Chinese who have flooded the...more >>

Global food waste

Up to half of all food produced is wasted according to a new report by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, which finds that poor practices in harvesting, storage and transportation, together with consumers and food companies throwing food away, leads to 30-50% of all food produced “never reaching a human stomach”.

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Mapping live trade departures and destinations

Australia has traded livestock to more than 100 destinations around the world. The trade is worth a billion dollars a year to Australia and employs 13,000 people. Trading partners include China, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Russia, Vietnam, Libya, Egypt, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Turkey, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Sudan, Bahrain and Qatar.

The data in the map on the referred website pinpoints all shipments of livestock for the seven years between 2005 and 2011.

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Food journalism

 On 30 November 2010, the Guardian newspaper carried an article that

referred to plans for "an enormous super dairy, home to 8000 cows".
The article explored concerns about "intensive farming which has almost totally separated food and nature". The article broached a number of issues addressed in the chapter on "Food Journalism" in a recently published book titled "Specialist Journalism".

It is increasingly shown that journalistic interest in food isn't restricted to recipe columns and restaurant reviews....more >>

Fish, feeds, and food security

Food security can be based on food or grain self-sufficiency, as in China, where a 95% grain self-sufficiency level has recently been adopted as a strategic goal for agricultural output (Ye et al., 2012). More broadly however, as defined by the 1996 World Food Summit, food security is a “situation that exists when all people, at all times, have physical, social, and economic access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and preferences for an active and healthy life.” Various indicators have since been used to...more >>

Trade in feed grains, animals, and animal products: Current trends, future prospects, and main issues

Changes in livestock production have been particularly significant worldwide over the last six decades. Meat production has increased from around 120 million tonnes in 1970 to more than 270 million tonnes in 2010; over the same period, milk production has increased from around 400 million tonnes to more than 690 million tonnes. The annual growth rate of meat and milk volumes has been much higher in developing countries than in developed nations...more >>

The role of sustainable commercial pig and poultry breeding for food security

The global population is expected to grow to nine billion by 2050, with people in the upcoming economies adding a lot of animal product to their diets, resulting in a demand-driven livestock revolution  An argument against this, stating that the planet’s carrying capacitydoes not permit it and opting for policies toward eating less animal product, raises an ethical dilemma: to what extent is it justifiable to deny people in developing economies what they clearly want and finally also get access to?

Another (non-exclusive) option is to look for...more >>

"Mafia style" animal healthcare -- do you know anything about this?

International Animal Law (IAL) has received a number of queries regarding the use of illegal vaccines, and we are wondering if anyone within the IAL forum might have further information on the subject?

Theoretically, in September 2011 cattle imported to Russia from ...more >>

Israel's New Animal Welfare Law Bans Cosmetics Testing

Newly introduced legislation in Israel officially bans the import, marketing and sale of any toiletries, cosmetics and detergents that were tested on animals in their development.

The ruling, which was passed in 2010 and mirrors a 2004 European Union law, however, allows for certain non-drug ingredients.

"Animal testing in the Cosmetics Industry inflicts horrific sufferingon these animals," Labor party member Eitan Cabel reportedly said of
the new legislation.

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