The UK Centre for Animal Law (A-LAW) brings you this regular podcast with a new episode each month. We will be Talking Animal Law with campaigners, lawyers, scientists and animal welfare experts. We will also be discussing topical issues, campaigns for law reform and ethical theories about the treatment of animals with leading experts in the fields of law, ethics and science.
An interview with Claire Bass: the animal welfare wish list for 2024
In this episode we speak to Claire Bass, Senior Director of Campaigns and Public Affairs at Humane Society International-UK, who has been working in the animal protection movement for two decades, with recent significant involvement in the successful passage of the Animal Welfare (Sentience) Act. Claire outlines her New Year's wishlist for animals in 2024, from ending the cage age for farmed animals to wildlife crime and more.
Childhood exposure to violence towards animals
In this episode we welcome guests, Dr Roshni Ladny and Erin Leach to explore research about the potential impact upon children of witnessing violence towards animals. We discuss this research with our guests in the context of General Comment 26 published by the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child's (CRC), which implicitly recognises (as part of a broader statement about the impact upon children of the climate crisis, loss of biodiversity and exposure to pollution) the negative impact that witnessing violence inflicted on animals can have on children and conversely the positive benefits for children of interacting with animals as part of the natural world.
Law and veganism
This extended episode is co-hosted with Tamara Bedic, President of the National Lawyers Guild NYC (2022) and Chair of the NLGNYC Animal Rights Committee, and features three prominent guests talking about veganism and how it engages fundamental human rights across the UK, Germany and Italy.
We hear from Dr. Jeanette Rowley and Dr. Carlo Prisco, co-editors of Law and Vegansism: International Perspectives on the Human Right to Freedom of Conscience (2022) and Ralf Muller-Amenitsch.
Dr. Jeanette Rowley holds a PhD in veganism and human rights and has published widely and presenting globally on the subject of legal protection for vegans. Dr. Carlo Prisco is a lawyer and PhD in Philosophy of Law and Ralf Müller-Amenitsch is a German lawyer specialising in labour, social and family law.
Silent Fish - capture and slaughter in commercial fisheries
In this episode we discuss the capture and slaughter of fish in commercial fisheries with John Garratt, co-author of a paper with Dr Steven McCulloch 'Wild Fish Welfare in UK Commercial Sea Fisheries: Qualitative Analysis of Stakeholder Views'. This is a deep dive into fish welfare during the capture and killing processes, exploring opportunities for law reform and how measures to protect fish welfare can support other objectives.
Forgotten fish - legal protection at the time of killing farmed fish.
In this episode, we discuss the legal protection of farmed fish with Amro Hussain, Senior Public Affairs Lead at The Humane League. In particular, we focus on the protection of welfare at the time of killing and ask why current legal protections are not sufficient.
Talking Christian Orthodoxy, animals and law
Dr Christina Nellist, B.Ed; Ph.D; FOCAE. Eastern Orthodox Theologian, Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics and Editor of Pan Orthodox Concern for Animals, talks about animals and theology. This episode explores how Christian theology has influenced the development of law in the Western hemisphere and how it can help us navigate some of the current dilemas about society's treatment of animals.
This is such an insightful podcast that I have learnt so much from. I recommend it to anyone interested in animal law!
Excellent episode on non-stun slaughter
Really fascinating episode on a challenging issue.
Brilliant podcast! Very informative and so useful to have a platform of this kind in the UK, keeping me up to date with what’s going on in the Animal law world through some of the most knowledgable speakers. Thanks Paula!