Animal Law News

Role of the Veterinarian in Public Health/One Health

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 immunization regimens, implementing parasite control programs, advising on the risks of animal contact for immunocompromised individuals, facilitating the use of guide and service dogs for people with...more >>

“Animals Across the Disciplines.”

The Animals & Society Institute (and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invites applications for the first annual Human-Animal Studies Summer Institute program for advanced graduate students and early career scholars pursuing research in Human-Animal Studies. The theme of the inaugural institute will be: “Animals Across the Disciplines.”
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Authorization of Animal Experiments Is Based on Confidence Rather than Evidence of Scientific Rigor

The "reproducibility crisis" in biomedical research has led to questions about the scientific rigor in animal research, and thus the ethical justification of animal experiments. In research publishing in the Open Access journals PLOS Biology and PLOS ONE on December 2nd, 2016, researchers from the University of Bern have assessed scientific rigor in animal experimentation in Switzerland. The study, commissioned by the Swiss Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office (FSVO), found widespread deficiencies in the reporting of experimental methodology.

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Dignity and Its Violation Examined within the Context of Animal Ethics

This paper analyzes the concept of 'dignity'in relation to other than human animals and 
examines how this concept might be of use in informing us of actions that may harm such 
animals. In doing so, the characteristic features of...more >>

Towards the integrated assessment of New Zealand pastoral farm systems

Land use and management change is a feature of New Zealand farm systems, driven by a range of factors including volatile markets and exchange rates, variable weather and climate patterns, continuous policy evolution and the inherent innovation of New Zealand farmers. Yet the common indicators used to evaluate the impact of change appear to be limited to the link between productivity (of land/labour/capital) and profitability. However, if farm system “owners” seek truly sustainable systems they should consider a wider set of indicators to...more >>

International Animal-Law Newsletter November 2016

Define "sentience" for animals in New Zealand's Animal Welfare Act

Acknowledgement of animal as ‘sentient’ was introduced to New Zealand’s Animal Welfare Act 1999 in August 2015. It was a good start by the Government towards elevating standards of animal welfare. Unfortunately, it rather undermined the gesture by not only referring to the insertion of sentience as “merely symbolic”, but by failing entirely to define the word.
How is the definition of sentient important to the everyday lives of animals? Your answer could incorporate the following points:

Pessimist pigs

In a world where the law is moving towards greater recognition of animals "dignity" and "sentience", the science of animals emotions will foreseeably translate into responsibilities applied to people to ensure that animals have a "quality-of-life".

So a recent science article on "pessimist pigs" demonstrates that understanding and applying sentience to animals may have all sorts of complications..
Your personality and your mood determine how you will react to an uncertain situation. If you...more >>

Canary Islands scientists up in arms after airlines stop shipping research animals

Two major airlines have stopped transporting laboratory animals from mainland Spain to the Canary Islands, an archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean. Their move has put research projects on the islands on hold and has left scientists and politicians scrambling for solutions. The ban is particularly problematic for researchers who need transgenic mice, which are often ordered from specialized labs.

The issue may soon be debated in the Spanish parliament; some members want the federal government in Madrid to force the companies to lift their ban

Why It’s So Hard To Save An Endangered Species

The struggle to protect the vaquita, the world’s most endangered marine mammal, illustrates the complexities of conservation.

The March 2016 photo attached to this article shows fish maws placed in a basket to dry outside a dried goods shop in Hong Kong. The maws of totoaba, a critically endangered fish, are sold for thousands of dollars on the black market in Asia.
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