Animal Law News

The moral conflict between environmentalism and animal welfare

This is a quote from an OPINION PIECE for your reading and consideration:
 
From an ecological perspective, the utilitarian’s concern for the welfare of individual animals seems precious, a sanitised ethic that’s disconnected from the harsh but sublime reality of the natural world. Mother Nature is not an individualist. The health of the ecosystem as a whole demands an unforgiving turnover in the individuals that compose it. Suffering and death are facts of life that we must learn to accept, on the ecological view, not ills we must struggle to...more >>

Nine out of 10 EU citizens oppose animal slaughter without stunning

Nine out of 10 EU citizens want their governments to ban the slaughter of animals that have not been stunned, according to a poll published recently.
 
The results of the survey, carried out for the animal welfare campaign group Eurogroup for Animals, will feed into a cross-Europe debate about so-called “ritual slaughter” – the killing of animals in line with rules of religions such as Judaism and Islam for kosher and halal meat, respectively.
 
Some countries, including Slovenia, Finland, Denmark and Sweden, as well...more >>

Nine out of 10 EU citizens oppose animal slaughter without stunning

Nine out of 10 EU citizens want their governments to ban the slaughter of animals that have not been stunned, according to a poll published recently.
 
The results of the survey, carried out for the animal welfare campaign group Eurogroup for Animals, will feed into a cross-Europe debate about so-called “ritual slaughter” – the killing of animals in line with rules of religions such as Judaism and Islam for kosher and halal meat, respectively.
 
Some countries, including Slovenia, Finland, Denmark and Sweden, as well...more >>

Australian farm: 50,000 crocodiles for luxury Hermès goods

A croc farm has been designed to supply skins to make handbags and shoes would be one of the biggest in Australia under plan approved by Australia's Northern Territory government. The venture has attracted the attention of animal welfare groups.

 
The high-end French fashion brand Hermès wants to build one of Australia’s biggest crocodile farms in the Northern Territory that would hold up to 50,000 saltwater crocodiles to be turned into luxury goods such as handbags and shoes.
 
But the proposal has come under fire from animal...more >>

What now for New Zealand's Codes of Welfare?

An association of New Zealand lawyers (The New Zealand Animal Law Association (NZALA)) has been successful in privately prosecuting  New Zealand’s first rodeo case,, and in challenging a Code of Welfare in respect of the use of farrowing crates for pigs.

Rodeo and the use of electric prodders

A District Court found a farmer guilty of using an electric prodder on two distressed cattle during  two separate rodeo events, one in 2016 and the other in 2017. The two events involved steers who were used for a team roping rodeo competition.

It was...more >>

Are you critiquing those media stories? For example, "live exports" ...

In early September 2020, a ship taking nearly 6,000 cows out of New Zealand, capsized off the coast of Japan. It’s been reported that the ship capsized because the ship's engine failed, then it was hit by a freak wave.

Now look at the headlines, commentary and stakeholders that have waded in to the discussion associated with that event.

  • “Cattle ship capsize: Role of live export trade under intense scrutiny”
  • Political parties weigh in on live exports after the sinking of Gulf Livestock 1”...more >>

Dogs trained to detect COVID-19

After just a few days of training, dogs in Germany proved capable of identifying people infected with COVID-19, according to researchers. The dogs, part of a study by a veterinary university in Germany, were able to sniff out the coronavirus with "stunning accuracy". They sniffed the saliva of more than 1,000 people, both healthy and infected, identifying the coronavirus with a 94% success rate
 
University Professor Dr. Holger Volk said that dogs have a sense of smell that is 1,000 times better than humans, so...more >>

Dogs must be walked twice a day under new law

When it comes to looking after dogs, do you think providing a dog with regular exercise is a sign of a "responsible" dog owner?

If the answer to that question is "yes", then how much exercise per day do you think is necessary? And what counts as "exercise"?

The opportunity for exercise, explore and play are among those factors recognised as providing "positive states" for animals according to the scientific knowledge of the Five Domains. ["negative" states are conditions such...more >>

Do YOU think invertebrates are sentient?

According to Donald Broom ( Emeritus Professor of Animal Welfare at Cambridge University) "sentience is not confined to animals with large or human-like brains. Moral standing should be accorded to all animals, not just vertebrates: invertebrates deserve moral consideration too. Carefully defining the relevant terms can help clarify the relationship between sentience and welfare. All animals have welfare but humans accord more protection to sentient animals. Humans should be less human-centred".
 
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Do you know what "the green deal" is?

Do you know what "the green deal" is? The green deal, is a strategy programme by the European Commission, which intends to “green” the EU activities and re-orient policies and laws for the years to come, in areas such as climate and energy, agriculture and fisheries, products and services, and trade and foreign policy.
 
It sounds ambitious, doesn't it. It is referred to by some as the most important announcement to ensure EU climate neutrality by 2050. This contribution tries to place...more >>