Animal Law News

Kentucky ranked worst state for animal safety for 10th consecutive year

There is a reality that people, states and countries have differing opinions about what constitutes appropriate standards of protection and care of animals.

 
A comprehensive review of animal safety laws throughout the United States found that Kentucky has the weakest protections in the country — a dubious honor it’s held for a decade.
 
The Animal Legal Defense Fund released its 11th annual report on animal protection rankings. Illinois topped the list of best protections for the ninth consecutive year, followed by...more >>

The battle between animal welfare activists and cowboys

Rodeos.

A petition signed by 63,000 New Zealanders was presented to Parliament in March 2016, which animal rights advocates, which includes Action Against Rodeos, say is reflective of society wanting to see an end to rodeos.
 
As the saying goes, "there are two sides to every story". Unsurprisingly, public perspectives about what is acceptable regarding the use of animals, is often polarised. You can read the differing opinions on the web page at ...more >>

Cheetahs, tigers and lions now illegal pets in the UAE

Cheetahs, tigers and lions have infamously become a status symbol in the oil-rich United Arab Emirates (UAE).
But now wealthy citizens taming such wild animals to keep as pets face a $136,000 (700,000 Dirham) fine or jail.
 
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Scientific Knowledge and Technology, Animal Experimentation, and Pharmaceutical Development

Human discovery of pharmacologically active substances is arguably the oldest of the biomedical sciences with origins >3500 years ago. Since ancient times, four major transformations have dramatically impacted pharmaceutical development, each driven by advances in scientific knowledge, technology, and/or regulation: (1) anesthesia, analgesia, and antisepsis; (2) medicinal chemistry; (3) regulatory toxicology; and (4) targeted drug discovery. 

 
Animal experimentation in pharmaceutical development is a modern phenomenon dating from the 20th century and...more >>

Assessment of animal welfare in agricultural settings

 
It is now widely acknowledged that animal welfare is very complex: it can be affected by many factors and it embraces many components such as physical and mental health. Welfare assessment protocols allowing the assessment of all these components are necessary to describe precisely the different risks for welfare in farm animals.
 
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People aren't the only species who waste a lot of breath arguing

There are two major societal developments that have assisted in furthering the development of animal welfare standards and animal protections. 

 
Firstly, there is science which gives us insights to the lives of animals, frequently revealing that although there are many differences including form, language and societal structure - there are also significant similarities.
 
The second major influence is telecommunications. Thanks to technology, scientific discoveries are communicated to the public masses with significantly greater...more >>

China to kill its ivory trade by year’s end

Global ivory trade has been banned by international regulators since 1989, but in the meantime China has been a nexus of both legal—and illegal—ivory trading. Demand has been met largely by the large-scale poaching of African elephants, which many say has significantly contributed to the animals’ population decline.
 
In an applaudable move, albeit tempered by the additional comment that "it's about time", the Chinese government has pledged to close down its domestic ivory market for good by the end of 2017. 

How drones could become a farmer’s best friend

Not everyone is a fan of drones. The obvious concern and potential legal argument is that it constitutes an invasion of privacy. But politics, public interest and protection of industry suggests there is another side to the argument, pointing out the benefits associated with using drones.
 
For example, billions of gallons of freshwater are used every day to irrigate crops, but a lot of it gets wasted on already ripe or dying plants. Now, researchers have used images captured by an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)—i.e., a drone—to map barley fields and...more >>

Can escaped pets rescue endangered species?

The descendants of escaped exotic pets could save endangered species. That’s what a team of scientists argues in a new paper, which proposes replenishing decimated populations of animals with their kin from the pet trade. One potential target is the yellow-crested cockatoo, one of the world's most prized household birds whose wild numbers are plummeting.

As with most proposals, there are pros and cons to the argument. You can read more about at ...more >>

The ethics of using animal stem cells

Stem cell research is highly debated in the field of bioethics. Is there a difference between using the stem cells of people in contrast using the stem cells of animals?

There is a paper addressing an alleged "gap in the literature about the ethics of using animal stem cells for human benefit".
 
You can read it at ...more >>