Animal Law News

A must-read if you have anything to do with the issue of "dangerous dogs"

This post contains attachments which constitute a must-read if you have anything to do with the issue of "dangerous dogs". The issue of dangerous dogs touches on a wide range of topics including dog bites, owner's education and understanding of the world through a dog's eyes, dog registration, permissible breeds, and questions of rational and proportionate governance.

The reality is that dogs constitute an established, and important, part of society. The numbers are significant to. For example, in Australia dogs are recognised as the most common...more >>

Your dog understands more than you think

It’s the eternal question for pet owners: Does your dog understand what you’re saying? Even if Fido doesn’t “get” your words, surely he gets your tone when you let loose about another accident on the carpet. But a new imaging study shows that dogs’ brains respond to actual words, not just the tone in which they’re said. The study will likely shake up research into the origins of language, scientists say, as well as gratify dog lovers.

“It’s an important study that shows that basic aspects of speech perception can be shared with...more >>

The balance between privacy and protection involving children - and animals

There is a significant body of research establishing the link between incidents of domestic violence and animal abuse. It's been widely acknowledged that the occurrence of animal abuse serves as a valuable indicator of violence towards children and the elderly that occurs behind private doors.

It has also been recognised that one of the barriers to identifying and reporting suspected cases of abuse to people and animals, is the concern by relevant professionals that they may be breaching legal requirements in respect of privacy.

Just 90 companies are to blame for most climate change

The results of one recent research study suggest that nearly two-thirds of anthropogenic carbon emissions originated in just 90 companies and government-run industries. Among them, the top eight companies -- ranked according to annual and cumulative emissions -- account for 20 percent of world carbon emissions from fossil fuels and cement production since the...more >>

Sustainability in the Textile and Fashion Industries: Animal Ethics and Welfare

There is no doubt that the textile (and fashion) industry is important for the economy; however, taking into account the concept of sustainability, this industry many times—actually most times—operates to the detriment of environmental and social factors. John R. Ehrenfeld defines sustainability as “the possibility that humans and other life will flourish on the earth forever” (Ehrenfeld and Hoffman 2013, p. 7). 

This notion of sustainability is not only a concern for people and the environment, but also for animals. 
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Synergies and trade-offs between animal welfare and other sustainability issues

Sustainable development of livestock systems involves innovations and the adaptation of these systems in a manner that not only meets the needs of current human generation, but also the potential needs and aspirations of future generations. Innovations can be for example novel feeding practices, breeding strategies or farm technologies and designs. 

To prevent unforeseen consequences, innovations should be studied in a broad context with an integrated research approach that must combine three key themes for livestock systems: animal welfare, environmental...more >>

Minister for Vulnerable Children ... "Violence is violence, whatever the species"

A new child-centred, stand-alone ministry with a new Chief Executive is to be established in New Zealand in April 2017 to focus on the care and protection of vulnerable children and young people. New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has also announced the establishment of a new ministerial portfolio, Minister for Vulnerable Children.
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International Animal-Law Newsletter July 2016

Here’s a question for you - “what’s the future of animal welfare”? Whatever your answer is, does it take into account the fact that people and animals share the planet, and have a linked future? With that consideration as a starting point, this newsletter from International Animal Law provides you with three points for your interest, consideration and diary.

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Understanding perspectives on animal welfare was rated as being of little importance to veterinary graduates in Australia and New Zealand

The study of animal welfare and ethics (AWE) as part of veterinary education is important due to increasing community concerns and expectations about this topic, global pressures regarding food security, and the requirements of veterinary accreditation, especially with respect to Day One Competences. To address several key questions regarding the attitudes to AWE of veterinary students in Australia and New Zealand (NZ), the authors surveyed the 2014 cohort of these students. 

The survey aimed (1) to reveal what AWE topics veterinary students in Australia and...more >>

Live exports from New Zealand to Indonesia - for breeding purposes

The issue of live exports has been controversial in New Zealand, because of past cases in which large numbers of sheep died while being transported. Export for slaughter is now banned, however a trade deal has been established and New Zealand has just announced that there will be sending cattle to Indonesia for breeding purposes and to help Indonesia's dairy industry. There are the usual assurances that "all exports would have to meet animal husbandry and health conditions".
New agreements were also signed for New Zealand and Indonesia to work...more >>