How much are people prepared to pay to help improve the welfare of animals used to produce their food? This is not just an academic question, but one of practical concern given hopes that consumer choice can help drive up standards.
A recent study has suggested that aggressive dog breed owners are more hostile than other dog owners. With this in mind, it has been suggested that a person's canine companion of choice might say a lot about the owner.
Two Australian sheep shipments involving thousands of animals have been rejected from loading in the Middle East and remain at sea. It has been revealed the Australian ship Ocean Drover, carrying 22,000 sheep, was blocked from unloading in Bahrain. It has been reported that sheep had already been on the water for 33 days.
Kuwait has also rejected a shipment exported by the Australian company Emanuel's on the Kuwaiti ship Al Shuwaikh. It has a carrying capacity of 50,000 and was due to dock a week ago. There are unconfirmed reports the carrier is now moving its cargo to shore....more >>
How can policy makers develop agreement on (i) what constitutes and (ii) supports the well-being of the planet, rather than the gross domestic product of a nation state? How can we design Participatory Democracy and Systemic Governance to (i) support the appropriate distribution and consumption of resources and (ii) protect social and environmental diversity and justice?
Argentina has accused the United States of unfairly blocking imports of Argentine beef , ratcheting up trade tensions with its large neighbor to the north. The South American country is the world's third largest exporter of beef after Brazil and Australia. However, Argentina alleges it has been shut out of the United States for years because of restrictions imposed by Washington to block the spread of foot-and-mouth disease in cattle.
In the International Animal Law (IAL) update there is a brief summary of some of the news items posted on IAL within the last few months
A ship carrying over 20,000 heads of Australian sheep was turned away after it was found carrying infected animals. Deputy Chairman of Muharraq Municipal Council, Ali Muqla said that some of the sheep examined were found to be infected with Orf also known as Soremouth. "Some" sheep is clearly non-specific, and alarmist comments about the disease (known as scabby mouth) have raised questions about the liklihood of underlying political agendas being the "real reason" for refusing to accept the sheep.
A Western Australia pastoralist believes Australia's new animal welfare regulations are more detrimental to the live export trade than any campaign waged against the industry by animal rights groups. It's claimed that the rules, regulations and paperwork associated with the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System, or ESCAS, will encourage markets to look elsewhere for their livestock.more >>
Animal law constitutes one of the fastest-growing "new" legal specialties. Ensuring that pets are properly cared for following the death of owners/persons in charge is one of the areas addressed by legal specialists of animal law.