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International Animal-Law Newsletter December 2012

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.

I expect your e-mail inbox is likely to be in the process of being "bombarded" with all sorts of Christmas specials just at the moment, so in addition to being among those wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, this International Animal Law (IAL) update is "short and sweet" to highlight just a few of the...more >>

German court bars local-government interference with animal research

A German court has ruled on a case involving issues about who may decide the permissible level of animal suffering in experiments. The administrative court said that local health authorities had been wrong in 2008 to block a licence for neuroscience studies on macaque monkeys.

The authorities argued at the time that experiments carried out were not ethically...more >>

Costa Rica bans hunting as a sport

The biodiverse nation, with 25% of its land protected as reserves, becomes first Latin American country to ban hunting after an unanimous and final vote from Congress.

Lawmakers had provisionally approved a reform to its Wildlife Conservation law back in October. With a population of 4.5 million people, Costa Rica is one of the world's most biodiverse nations. Under the new law, those caught hunting can face up to four months in prison or fines of up to $3,000.

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SPCA Dogs can drive - here's the proof

Three SPCA dogs are learning how to drive in a bid to change the public's perception on the intelligence of rescue dogs.

Monty, Ginny and Porter have been taking driving lessons for the last eight weeks in preparation for an official...more >>

National Office of Animal Welfare

The Australian Federal Parliamentary Labor Party has  endorsed a motion in support of establishing an Office of Animal Welfare. The purpose of the Office of Animal Welfare is to develop and review domestic animal welfare standards, harmonise domestic laws, monitor and report on surveillance and enforcement of domestic and live animal export regulation, and other appropriate activities. An anticipated report will consider issues such as where the Office will sit within government, its legal status, its approximate cost and how it will interact with stakeholders.

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Battery cages to be progressively removed (New Zealand)

The most commonly used cages for housing layer hens will be phased out by 2022 under a new code of welfare issued by New Zealand's Minister for Primary Industries. The new code was developed in consideration of scientific evidence, good practice, available technology  and submissions from the public.

The new code contains minimum standards and best...more >>

The Ethics of Consumption: The Citizen, The Market, and The Law

While arguably remarkably efficient, the present system for agriculture and food production involves a number of negative consequences for human health, the environment, and animal welfare. Great challenges lie ahead as we are facing population growth and climate change. It is frequently argued that one of the keys to meeting those challenges lies in changing consumption patterns, for instance through reducing meat consumption, switching to organic or fair trade products, boycotting or ‘buycotting’ certain products, or consuming less overall. There is considerable disagreement...more >>

A landscape perspective on sustainability of agricultural systems

Agricultural sustainability considers the effects of farm activities on social, economic, and environmental conditions at local and regional scales. Adoption of more sustainable agricultural practices entails defining sustainability, developing easily measured indicators of sustainability, moving toward integrated agricultural systems, and offering incentives or imposing regulations to affect farmer behavior. Landscape ecology is an informative discipline in considering sustainability because it provides theory and methods for dealing with spatial heterogeneity, scaling, integration, and...more >>

Change For Animals Foundation

Change For Animals Foundation (CFAF) has chosen the route of partnership and co-operation to create what it describes as "real change for animals". 


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Another Bloody Business (Live exports, Australia)

The Four Corners' 2011 expose of the mistreatment of Australian cattle in Indonesia reportedly shocked many and had far reaching consequences for the live export trade. New regulations were introduced to protect the welfare of Australian animals shipped overseas for slaughter.

However, just weeks ago, news emerged from Pakistan of a brutal cull of 20,000 Australian sheep, ordered by the local authorities in Karachi.  How did a major exporter lose control of a shipment of sheep in Pakistan, originally intended for Bahrain? Why was the Australian Government rebuffed by Pakistan...more >>