Animal Law News

Study suggests surprising reason killer whales go through menopause

There are many reasons that promote the development of animal protection law. Bio-prejudice is a term that has been used to describe a preference, or aversion, to a species based on its similarities to people. For example, people are generally more supportive of protecting species like pandas, elephants and whales than many other species e.g. spiders
And there is a definite link and animal protections for a species when science identifies traits that have people thinking "they are like us". And sometimes, the similarities can be...more >>

Food Production and Animal Welfare Legislation in Australia

What is the impact of food production systems on animals and the environment? In the field of animal welfare and law, the terms corporate responsibility and sustainability are frequently used but the question is, how well are the corporates actually delivering?

This publication traces the rise of corporate domination of farm animal production in Australia as a response to increasing domestic and international demand for meat products and describe the systematic exclusion of State and Territory Animal Welfare Acts to farm animals intended to be processed for food...more >>

Water and Marine Animal Law

When people think of animal welfare they frequently focus on land-based animals, and overlook those that exist in the world's oceans, lakes and rivers.

While there are several serious issues affecting the world’s fish populations, unsustainable fishing has long been pointed to as chiefly responsible for declining wild fish populations. While the pace of overexploitation of fisheries has slowed since 1990, and progress has been made in reducing exploitation rates and restoring overexploited fish stocks and marine ecosystems, the world’s...more >>

Rethinking The Ethics of Animal Rescue

This article is reproduced in its entirety (from because quoting a part of it didn't appear to properly convey the thoughtfulness of its message. The...more >>

Baboons use vowel sounds strikingly similar to humans

The differences between people represented one of the early barriers to the development of animal welfare protection law. For example, it was originally believed that animals didn't have a structured society, language, or the ability to reason in contrast to mankind who were also "made in the likeness of God".

But increasingly science has demonstrated that animals and people share many similarities. And thanks to communication technology, the findings of science have been able to be communicated wide and fast to the human population. A greater...more >>

Combining veterinary care and social work in animal euthanasia

Think of the anguish felt when you or a loved one had to take that final trip to the vet with a beloved pet, saying goodbye to the cat, dog or other animal before it is put down in the most humane, painless way possible.
Try to put yourself in the shoes of the veterinarian responsible for performing countless similar procedures, putting on a brave face even as he or she ends the lives of creatures they trained for years — some their whole lives — to heal. Consider how difficult even the thousandth, most routine euthanization...more >>

Role of the Veterinarian in Public Health

Most veterinarians contribute, directly or indirectly, to public health goals and outcomes. Veterinary public health contributions can be categorized into six core domains.

Most private veterinary practitioners contribute to public health during routine practice. Both large and small animal practitioners become skilled diagnosticians for acute and chronic diseases of animals that may affect the owners and their families and the surrounding communities. Specific examples of public health activities include performing routine health examinations, maintaining...more >>

RSPCA v. Department of Agriculture (Perth, Australia)

THE RSPCA WA has taken legal action against the Department of Agriculture — the latest salvo in an escalating war.
The legal fight is over a dog called Roxy, which the RSPCA flew to Adelaide on 27 July 2016.
But tensions run much deeper and there has been simmering hostility and mistrust between the agency and the charity in recent years.
Lawyers for the RSPCA filed a civil action in the Supreme Court on November 18, seeking a ruling that it was the “prosecuting...more >>

RSPCA Inspectors Get More Power In Victorian Animal Cruelty Crackdown

The Victorian government is beefing up its animal welfare laws in a bid to keep pets safe. Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford said that new laws were now in effect giving government inspectors more power to fine those responsible for mistreating animals.
In a statement, Pulford's office said the recent changes to the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (POCTA) legislation meant Agriculture Victoria officers, Victoria Police and RSPCA Inspectors all now have the authority to issue a notice to anyone committing a cruelty offence.
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Horse, possum and donkey meat on menu under South Australian food safety changes

Horse, possum, camel and donkey will be available for sale from South Australian butchers from September next year if recommended changes to food safety regulations are adopted.
The SA government, which has to update the regulations by 1 September 2017, has suggested the state should adopt the Australian and New Zealand Food Standards code definition of “game meat”, which governs what wild animals may be sold commercially for human consumption.According to the Humane Society, about 100,000 horses are slaughtered annually in...more >>