Animal Law News

Laboratory finds "There was no disease" (Pakistan)

The Sindh High Court (SHC) recently issued a stay order until the next hearing in response to a petition filed against the culling of Australian sheep allegedly sick with anthrax. Questions have been raised about underlying political/profit based motivations after it was revealed that Prof Rafique Khanani, head of the relevant (medical) commission, told the court that no indication of anthrax was found in the sheep after examination and chemical tests.

Of the 20,468 sheep imported from Australia to Pakistan, 7,667 were culled my slitting the animals’ throats or stabbing or...more >>

Export Supply Chain Assurance System (Australia)

Australian livestock export industry leaders believe that more resources – particularly those of the animal rights movement working to undermine the trade – should be directed at encouraging countries that are signatories to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) to lift their game in meeting their obligations under the standards. It is alleged that to simply remove Australia from these markets, as many animal rights activists are advocating, is to remove one of the few agents that exist for positive animal welfare change in many countries.

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Mandatory space allowances for pigs housed indoors (Australia)

The Queensland Government has amended the Animal Care and Protection Act 2001 to include minimum space allowances for pigs housed indoors. This has the effect that the space requirements for pigs housed indoors recommended in the Pig Code are now mandatory in Queensland.

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Environmentalism vs. animal welfare

There are various organizations who deal with the prevention of animal suffering or the protection of the natural environment and wildlife. Although you might expect these organizations to fight for the same cause, they can be divided into two separate categories: animal welfare and environmentalism. The first category focuses on (the welfare of) individual animals while the second focuses on (the preservation of) entire ecosystems. However,when you choose to focus on individual animals it’s impossible to attach significance to...more >>

What price animal welfare?

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.

Surveys in the UK and elsewhere in Europe have shown that people are keen to see improvements in farm animal welfare. However, foods produced to higher standards are more expensive and, very often, this desire is not reflected in what they buy.
This can become more of a problem when things are tough economically.
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Aggressive dogs, are they are a reflection of aggressive owners?

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.

Owners of stereotypically aggressive dog breeds such as Germen shepherds and Rottweilers are more likely to be hostile and aggressive themselves compared with owners of typically laid-back pooches such as Labrador retrievers, according to the recent study.
In this study, aggressive dog-breed owners scored higher in the personality trait...more >>

Pets, Property, and Partners

Pets, Property, and Partners: Macaques as Commodities in the Human-Other Primate Interface. This is the title of a recently published paper arguing that using the concept of commodity as part of an extended toolkit in ethnoprimatology can enable people to leverage the fact that in some contexts macaques have specific types of value.
According to the author, macaques mean something for the humans they share space with. Thinking about this “meaning” in terms of social, financial, or cultural contexts helps humans dissect the components of this multispecies...more >>

Rejected shipment leaves Aussie sheep stranded

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.

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Anthropocentrism and Well-being: A Way Out of the Lobster Pot?

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?

These are the questions addressed in a recently published paper that discusses thinking and practice to test out ‘technologies of humility’ in the sense used by Jasonoff. It suggests the potential for...more >>

Argentina strikes back at U.S. in WTO beef row

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.

Reportedly, Argentina has notified the WTO (World Trade Organization) Secretariat of a request for consultations with the United...more >>