Animal Law News

China to kill its ivory trade by year’s end

Global ivory trade has been banned by international regulators since 1989, but in the meantime China has been a nexus of both legal—and illegal—ivory trading. Demand has been met largely by the large-scale poaching of African elephants, which many say has significantly contributed to the animals’ population decline.
 
In an applaudable move, albeit tempered by the additional comment that "it's about time", the Chinese government has pledged to close down its domestic ivory market for good by the end of 2017. 

How drones could become a farmer’s best friend

Not everyone is a fan of drones. The obvious concern and potential legal argument is that it constitutes an invasion of privacy. But politics, public interest and protection of industry suggests there is another side to the argument, pointing out the benefits associated with using drones.
 
For example, billions of gallons of freshwater are used every day to irrigate crops, but a lot of it gets wasted on already ripe or dying plants. Now, researchers have used images captured by an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)—i.e., a drone—to map barley fields and...more >>

Can escaped pets rescue endangered species?

The descendants of escaped exotic pets could save endangered species. That’s what a team of scientists argues in a new paper, which proposes replenishing decimated populations of animals with their kin from the pet trade. One potential target is the yellow-crested cockatoo, one of the world's most prized household birds whose wild numbers are plummeting.

As with most proposals, there are pros and cons to the argument. You can read more about at ...more >>

The ethics of using animal stem cells

Stem cell research is highly debated in the field of bioethics. Is there a difference between using the stem cells of people in contrast using the stem cells of animals?

There is a paper addressing an alleged "gap in the literature about the ethics of using animal stem cells for human benefit".
 
You can read it at ...more >>

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.

Animal experiments are...more >>

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

Abstract
 
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 >>