Animal Law News

Dog re-homing prohibition lifted (New Zealand)

The SPCA has been campaigning against the strengthened breed-specific legislation included in the Government's national action plan for dogs.
The proposed law would have seen animal shelters like as the SPCA banned from rehoming dogs purely based on how they look – which would have led to thousands of healthy dogs being euthanised.
The SPCA's petition against breed-specific legislation and for a change in this proposed law gained almost 60,000 signatures and widespread support from the New Zealand...more >>

The legal and cultural implications of killing a dog for film

[CNN Philippines]  “Oro,” a dog was allegedly gutted onscreen, in a manner that raised questions about the ethical sensibilities of both the audience and the filmmakers themselves. 

The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) may file a case against the filmmakers, alleging the killing was a crime under the Animal Welfare Act. The makers of “Oro” released a statement, stating that the production team had no hand in the killing, implying that it was a member of the community — a “tagapatay,” who partakes of...more >>

Law needed to limit Brexit's environmental impact

Brexit poses a huge risk to UK wildlife and habitats and a new environmental law will be needed, MPs have said. Even where EU law is incorporated into the UK's legal framework there could still be problems, they warn.
The House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee also says farmers are facing significant threats including loss of income and tariffs on exports.The government says it is committed to safeguarding and improving existing environmental protection.
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Your Money: How to protect your prized pet with a trust

It is a sad story when seniors' pets show up at an animal shelter: they are often abandoned when their owners become infirm or die without insuring that the pets will be taken in by someone else.
Wills and estate plans are hard enough for most people to fathom. Only 67 percent of Americans over 55 have any sort of written testament. Much of the negative association is due to the 2007 lawsuit over real estate tycoon Leona Helmsley's attempt to leave $12 million to her dog. (It was cut to $2 million.)

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


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 >>