Animal Law News

13 policies for animal transporters in Australia

The Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association (ALRTA) has outlined the policies its members should adhere to in its National Animal Welfare Policy.

 The 13 policies outlined in the document are:
  1. The Legislative Environment: Operators and drivers must be aware of all laws that apply to livestock transport and comply to the fullest extent possible.
  2. Core Animal Welfare Standards for Land Transport: Operators and drivers must have a detailed operational knowledge of the ‘Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines...more >>

Neuroscience proves animals experience a wide range of emotions

A leading animal welfare professor says neuroscience research has caught up to animal welfare theories and demonstrated links between positive experiences and good health.

As the foundation director of the Animal Welfare Science and Bioethics Centre at New Zealand's Massey University, Professor David Mellor's team has had a significant influence on New Zealand's welfare codes.

The Codes now include freeing pregnant sows from stalls in piggeries and improving facilities for layer hens in cages.

"We've moved from a primary focus on the nutrition,...more >>

Black Dog bikers and dairy farmers (Australia)

In terms of "the law" as it applies to animals, it's a sad reality that all too often there is an assumption by many people that if a prosecution is undertaken against an individual for animal related matters, then "they must be guilty". That's not always the case, and that's why there are defense solicitors. One of the jobs of solicitors is to look at what's reasonable on the farm and, in terms of the total situation, explore alternatives to prosecution itself or sentencing options.

That undertaking to actually understand the...more >>

China plans to cut meat consumption by 50%

The Chinese government has outlined a plan to reduce its citizens’ meat consumption by 50%, in a move that climate campaigners hope will provide major heft in the effort to avoid runaway global warming.
New dietary guidelines drawn up by China’s health ministry recommend that the nation’s 1.3 billion population should consume between 40g to 75g of meat per person each day. The measures, released once every 10 years, are designed to improve public health but could also provide a significant cut to greenhouse gas emissions.
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World on track to lose two-thirds of wild animals by 2020

The number of wild animals living on Earth is set to fall by two-thirds by 2020, according to a new report, part of a mass extinction that is destroying the natural world upon which humanity depends.
It's the last four words of that...more >>

Victoria (Australia) lifts ban on dangerous dogs

Dangerous dog breeds will be temporarily spared from death row, after the Victorian Government announced a moratorium on the animals being euthanased until a parliamentary inquiry is complete.
Laws introduced in 2011 allow certain breeds of dogs, including American pitbulls, to be seized by councils and destroyed, even if they have not attacked anyone or behaved aggressively.
Some owners have challenged the kill orders through the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, costing councils tens of thousands of dollars in legal...more >>

Animals in entertainment

Where do we draw the line in respect of the use of animals in entertainment? Bullfighting has attracted considerable criticism. Horse racing and greyhound racing are widely accepted although there is considerable attention and debate about the standards and collateral damage associated with these entertainment activities. And then there's the question about the use of animals in aquariums, zoos, and other similar activities which essentially put animals on display.

Critique is not the same as criticism. Critique includes examination of both sides of the...more >>

The right, the wrong, and the missed-the-point of greyhound animal welfare in Australia

The greyhound decision in New South Australia - who got it right? who got it wrong?

Have a look at this opinion piece. Who's missing the point about animal welfare?

Going Dutch: A Model for Reconciling Animal Slaughter Reform With the Religious Freedom Restoration Act

New methods of brain analysis show that in remaining conscious after their necks are cut, animals suffer extreme agony. In the United States, the Humane Slaughter Act mandates that animals be stunned before being cut in order to avoid that suffering, yet Orthodox Judaism mandates that animals remain conscious throughout. The Netherlands requires that animals be stunned if they are still conscious 40 seconds after being cut, mediating religious and animal-rights interests. The United States should reexamine religious exemptions to humane slaughter...more >>

Humans aren’t the only great apes that can ‘read minds’

 All great mind reading begins with chocolate. That’s the basis for a classic experiment that tests whether children have something called theory of mind—the ability to attribute desires, intentions, and knowledge to others. When they see someone hide a chocolate bar in a box, then leave the room while a second person sneaks in and hides it elsewhere, they have to guess where the first person will look for the bar. If they guess “in the original box,” they pass the test, and show they understand what’s going on in the first person’s mind—even...more >>