We'll be uploading reports and working papers by our members over the coming months.
7 Jan 2019 A Belgian ban on the Muslim and Jewish ways of ritually slaughtering animals went into effect on New Year’s Day, as tensions grow across Europe over the balance between animal welfare and religious freedom: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/belgium-halal-kosher-bans-ritual-slaughter-meat-animal-welfare-muslim-jewish-religious-freedom-a8715551.html
1 Jun 2019 Navigating emotionally draining divorce cases is never easy, but in California, trial judges will now have more leeway to determine who gets the family pet. In January, California became the third state in the U.S. to adopt a law that allows judges to consider what’s in the best interests of the animal rather than treating the pet like other inanimate property, such as a car. Alaska and Illinois have passed similar laws since 2016. The new laws are groundbreaking because they come amid growing interest in protecting pets and settling disputes over them: http://www.abajournal.com/magazine/article/pets-assets-family-divorce-custody 8 Jun 2019 A new law named after a police dog which recently appeared on Britain's Got Talent has come into effect.German shepherd Finn was stabbed and seriously hurt as he protected PC Dave Wardell from an attacker in 2016.Nicknamed "Finn's Law", the new legislation makes it harder for those who harm service animals to claim they were acting in self-defence: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-48510975?intlink_from_url=https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/topics/cq23pdgvgxvt/animal-welfare&link_location=live-reporting-story
13 Jun 2019 A top German court has ruled that it is still lawful for poultry and egg producers to kill unwanted male chicks. The ruling, by Germany's Federal Administrative Court on Thursday, backs companies on a temporary basis until an alternative can be found: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-48620884?intlink_from_url=https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/topics/cq23pdgvgxvt/animal-welfare&link_location=live-reporting-stor
Two lawsuits filed in federal court in Chicago accuse the Fairlife milk company of consumer fraud for promoting its “extraordinary care and comfort” of dairy cows: http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/suits-accuse-dairy-of-consumer-fraud-for-touting-extraordinary-care-and-comfort-of-cows
Now that the network has been launched, members will be working together to establish the Animal Law Programme.
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