British celebrities challenge Rishi Sunak to push through legislation banning the importation of hunting trophies

Hunting Trophies Import Prohibition Bill has stalled in Parliament

NEWS AND OPINION: Rishi Sunak is reneging on his promise to ban the importation of sport hunting trophies, usually from Africa and often from South Africa where there’s lots of canned hunting. This is when the organisers put lions (and other animals) into a fenced compound and allow rich businessmen to shoot them dead …

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Tough new animal welfare rules in Spain under the Law on the Protection of the Rights and Welfare of Animals

Tough new animal welfare laws in Spain

Spain has introduced what I would consider to be tough new animal welfare laws under the Law on the Protection of the Rights and Welfare of Animals. The law is controversial and I can understand why. It is tougher than animal welfare laws in the UK which is known to have some of the …

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The Animals (Low-Welfare Activities Abroad) Act bans the advertising and sale of specific unethical activities contrary to animal welfare

Tiger temple

Like any decent animal advocate, I am delighted to briefly talk about a new British act of Parliament, the Animals (Low-Welfare Activities Abroad) Act. It’s a bit of a mouthful but it’s important. Essentially, it stops companies and other businesses in Britain advertising and selling “specific unethical activities abroad where animals are kept in …

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In 1821, in the UK Parliament, there were howls of laughter about protecting cats

Illustration showing interior of House of Commons

Times have moved on substantially from 1821 in Britain. I think this was a time when the consequences of an era called The Enlightenment were being felt. Animal welfare in Britain was being discussed in Parliament perhaps for the first time. The first proposal for a law to prevent abuse of animals was a …

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New York State animal protection laws (with comments)

New York State animal protection laws

New York State’s animal protection laws are comprehensive and extensive which is unsurprising to me as it is one of just two US states which ban cat declawing (Aug 2023). The governing politicians are progressive. Because the law is extensive, I’ve focused on those parts that concern domestic cats and dogs together with other …

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Mississippi cat and dog protection law

Mississippi animal protection law concerning cats and dogs only

The laws of Mississippi which protect cats and dogs from acts of abuse and cruelty are found under the following statute title in the next paragraph. As a whole this statute covers many areas of animal welfare. At the end of the section about injuring dogs or cats I have reproduced an overarching section …

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Domestic animal protection laws of Texas. The law and its rank.

Texas animal protection laws

The animal welfare law protecting the domestic animals (pets) of Texas is encompassed within a statute that is much wider in its ambit and which also includes livestock. The law is called: PENAL CODE, TITLE 9. OFFENSES AGAINST PUBLIC ORDER AND DECENCY. The relevant section is under the heading ‘disorderly conduct and related offences’. …

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Conservative UK government allow animal testing for cosmetics after 25-year ban

Animal testing for cosmetics

NEWS AND OPINION: To compound their earlier failures particularly those of Liz Truss, the short-lived former Prime Minister, this dying conservative government has allowed the use of animal testing for cosmetics to protect the workers making the products after this form of animal testing was banned in the UK in 1998. The BBC reports …

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