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Case Summary: Shock Collar Ban Lawful, Rules Court of Appeal

[R (The Electronic Collar Manufacturers Association and Petsafe) v DEFRA 2021 EWCA Civ 666]( Sam March 14 May 2021 Dismissing an appeal brought by The Electronic Collar Manufacturers Association and Petsafe, the Court of Appeal ruled on 11 May 2021 that the proposed ban on electronic shock collars was neither irrational, nor violated property…
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Blog: Legal Sentience and Animal Law

Jurisdictions around the world are increasingly reforming their legislation to extend the concept of sentience to animals. Sentience can be described as the ability to perceive one’s environment, and the experience of positive or negative emotion such as pleasure and pain. Other more complex theories of sentience involve theories of the mind, metacognition and self-awareness. Guest writer Luiza…
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Open letter to MPs and Lords: Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill 2021

Dear Members of Parliament and the House of Lords Introduction Advocates for Animals (AfA) is the UK’s first law firm dedicated to ensuring that animals are given the protection intended by the legislature. This Response is written on behalf of animal protection organisations and concerned individuals named in the Annex. The Response focuses on the parts in the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts…
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