Animal Law News

Cows Are the New Coal?

One of the early, attention-grabbing announcements at November’s COP climate conference in Glasgow was a commitment by more than 105 countries to join a U.S.- and E.U.-led coalition to cut 30% of methane emissions by 2030. 
The potent greenhouse gas, which is up to 80 times more effective at heating the planet than carbon dioxide in the short term, has often been considered the lowest hanging fruit when it comes to slowing down global warming. 
The COP pledges alone would slash warming projections by 0.2°C by...more >>

Feeding cows seaweed to reduce methane emissions

Methane is a short-lived but powerful greenhouse gas and the second-largest contributor to climate change after carbon dioxide. And the majority of human-induced methane emissions comes from livestock.
About 70% of agricultural methane comes from enteric fermentation – chemical reactions in the stomachs of cows and other grazing animals as they break down plants. The animals burp out most of this methane and pass the rest as flatulence.
There are roughly 1 billion cattle around the world, so reducing enteric methane is an...more >>

Another virus - Avian Flu (again)

Chances are there are very few people on the planet that don't know more about viruses today than they did a couple of years ago.
But this news isn't about COVID. This is another virus that poses a threat to people because it's a zoonosis.
The UK's chief veterinary officer has told the BBC there is a "phenomenal level" of avian flu in the UK.
Tens of thousands of farmed birds have already been culled, as the " largest number of premises ever" in an avian influenza...more >>

No Animal Left Behind

Eurogroup for Animals has stated they have until September to persuade the European Commission to undertake a complete review of ALL legislation that affects farmed animals in Europe.

Eurogroup for Animals is running an event promoting that it "will launch a report with a compilation of evidence of the unfitness of the current animal welfare legislation, using the 5 domains model as a way of analysing it. We will also highlight commercially viable production systems, demonstrating that a solid and deep revision of the EU legislation to higher animal...more >>

‘Farcical’ penalty for misleading cattle declaration

Cattle exporters have slammed a “slap on the wrist” penalty handed down to a livestock producer who falsified National Vendor Declaration information and applied incorrect NLIS tags on a consignment of dairy heifers to gain access to the premium-priced export trade to China.
The consignment was discovered and removed from a pre-export quarantine facility by Agriculture Victoria investigators in May 2019 before they were due to be shipped.
After entering an early guilty plea in the Sale Magistrates Court in Victoria...more >>

Lawsuits Over ‘Misleading’ Food Labels


A flurry of litigation by advocacy groups seeks to combat what they say is a rise in deceptive marketing by food giants.
according to a flurry of litigation by advocacy groups seeking to combat what they describe as a surge in deceptive marketing by food giants. The misleading labels, the plaintiffs say, seek to profit off consumers’ growing interest in clean eating, animal welfare and environmentally friendly agriculture — but without making meaningful changes to their farming and production practices.

A simple 3-word law reform

3 words and you've got law that does more than just protect animals from cruelty. 
It's not just a paper theory. The updated law is enacted in Australia and can be replicated.
So we're asking for your help in letting people know what that 3-word reform is, how to go about implementing it, and recognising how it makes a difference to animals and people. 
It'll take about 2 minutes to read the half-page awareness petition, sign it and share the link with your networks and...more >>

Sentience: The doorway to positive animal welfare in law

If you believe that life should be enjoyed, not simply endured, then you will want to take a look at the website of the Sentient Animal Law Foundation.
The Foundation sets out the legal reform that moves current animal law beyond cruelty and toward taking a responsibility for animal’s positive states (“positive animal welfare law”).
Here's a question to contemplate as you look at the doorway shown on...more >>

Colour television and live exports - issue anybody?

What's the real issue with live exports?

New Zealand's Minister for Agriculture recently announced a ban on live cattle exports by sea, with a two-year period to phase out the trade.

Unsurprisingly, and mirroring the usual polarized views regarding the use of animals, you'll find the usual groups applauding the announcement, and others decrying it.

It's not the first time that clashes of opinion regarding live exports of animals have been the topical point of discussion for politicians, media, and all those with animal welfare interests...more >>

An app to measure your animal's level of "happy"

There are those that talk about "sentience" and law that recognises animals as "sentient", as if it was something new. Actually, it's not. In fact, 200 years ago the law recognised animals as sentient when it criminalised people's actions that resulted in animals unnecessarily "feeling or experiencing" (which is the definition of sentience) pain, distress or suffering. 

So "animal sentience" is IMPLICIT in law wherever there is any kind of animal protection/anti-cruelty law. ...more >>