Animal Law News

Is the curtain falling on America's circus animals?

The curtain is about to fall for the last time on the self-dubbed “Greatest Show on Earth,” America’s biggest and longest-running traveling circus. On Sunday, after 146 years, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will pump its caravan brakes permanently. Other traveling circuses may not be far behind.
Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have joined forces on a bill that would ban the use of exotic and wild animals in traveling circuses and any other entertainment act on wheels. In late March,...more >>

Here are the Best Liars in the Animal Kingdom

The protections afforded to animals through the law are driven by a number of factors. Among the reasons that one species will benefit from greater protections than another, is the degree in which the public can relate to the experience of the animal. The "they are like us" factor. The likeness between people and animals includes not only the ability to experience pain or distress, but also character traits - including the ability to lie.

From sneaky squid to blue jay impressionists, deceit abounds in the animal kingdom.Nature is brutal, and some...more >>

Trump dumps Paris climate deal: reaction

In a speech from the White House Rose Garden, Trump recently made a largely economic case for withdrawing from the agreement, arguing the nonbinding accord was unfair to American workers and U.S. competitiveness (points many economists fiercely dispute). At the same time, Trump said he was open to beginning “negotiations to reenter either the Paris...more >>

Regulatory controls and responsible use of animal medicines

Healthy animals are the first step in producing quality food, however, when it comes to meat, eggs and dairy produce, a recent study has shown that consumers are often unaware of the strict regulatory safeguards associated with animal medicines that operate effectively behind the scenes, not only to protect the health and welfare of animals, but also to ensure their own health is protected.

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Fit for transport animal welfare app launched

The Ministry for Primary Industries has launched a mobile app that helps farmers, transporters, stock agents and veterinarians determine whether an animal is fit for transport.
Developed with industry and vets, the app is an easy and efficient tool to help people make the right decision for the welfare of animals. It consolidates available information in to one place and doesn't require internet access, which makes it suitable for on-farm use.
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New rules regarding how you can use law's "sentient" animals [ONLINE WEBINARS]

Here’s how law’s sentient animal will change everything - again


Date:               September - December 2017

Location          This is an ONLINE seminar so all you need to attend is either your computer and an internet connection

Registration     Form available at ...more >>

Principles of "justice" in animal law. Seminar, 17 November 2017 (Melbourne, Australia)

How to apply the principles of justice to animal law


Date:               17 November 2017

Time:               9.30am – 4.30pm AEST

Location:         Victoria Law School

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RSPCA Prosecutions 2016

The RSPCA (England) is a recognised leader amongst animal protection organisations. It promotes itself as the oldest welfare charity in the world.

The latest report on animal cruelty figures indicates that the RSPCA received a call for help every 27 seconds. You can read their latest report by going to ...more >>

Taiwan bans eating dog and cat meat

Taiwan has outlawed the consumption of dog and cat meat, as the island's legislature passed a landmark amendment to its animal protection laws, according to island's official Central News Agency (CNA).

"Previously, the Animal Protection Act only covered the slaughter and sale of dog and cat meat, but this amendment specifically prohibiting the actual consumption of dog meat today is welcome," said Jill Robinson, founder and CEO of Animals Asia Foundation.
Individuals who eat or trade dog or cat meat can now be...more >>

If you don't know what a Mammalian Gene Drive is, read this

The year is 2050. The place, New Zealand. Technological advances have dramatically changed the lives of the island’s human inhabitants, but on first blush, its animals remain untouched.
Except for one curious thing: all invasive rodents have vanished from the island. Rats, possums and other predators once wreaked havoc on the country’s rare endemic species. For centuries, mass influxes of invasive species trashed agricultural productivity, spoiled the country’s pristine beauty, and brought iconic species—such as the flightless kiwi...more >>