Sheep rustling: Police are studying ancient methods of identification to help beat the thieves – The Independent

Posted August 27th, 2015 in agriculture, animals, identification, news, theft by sally

‘Pity the poor country coppers – if you thought they had enough on their plates with red diesel, dogging and bored teenagers necking horse tranquillisers, now they’re having to get to grips with sheep markings designed by the Vikings.’

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The Independent, 26th August 2015

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Two jailed for freeing wild boar into the wild in Maesteg – BBC News

Posted August 17th, 2015 in animals, burglary, news, sentencing by sally

‘Two “sophisticated” thieves have been jailed for freeing more than 40 wild boar from a farm in Bridgend county.’
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BBC News, 14th August 2015

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When can the courts rule on the legality of future behaviour? – UK Human Rights Blog

‘This case concerned the application of the law in relation to future conduct, in particular, the role of the judicial review procedure in determining what precisely is meant by the prohibition on the selling of live animals under the Pet Animals Act 1951.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 4th August 2015

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Exotic pet society fails in legal action against council over cancelled event – Local Government Lawyer

Posted August 5th, 2015 in animals, interpretation, judicial review, local government, news by sally

‘A district council has defeated a judicial review challenge over its decision to warn a racecourse owner of “a substantial risk of unlawful activity” taking place at a meeting of private breeders of reptiles and amphibians.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 4th August 2015

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Animal charities in legal victory against family of elderly donor to get £350k house she ‘left to carer nephew’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 10th, 2015 in animals, appeals, charities, documents, news, wills by sally

‘Chiltern Dog Rescue and Redwings Horse Sanctuary win appeal against ruling that man who cared for elderly aunt before she died entitled to home.’

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Daily Telegraph, 9th June 2015

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Hunting ban ‘not enforced properly’ in South West – BBC News

Posted April 22nd, 2015 in animals, hunting, news by sally

‘Opponents of wild animal hunting claim the fox hunting ban, in force for more than 10 years, is not being properly enforced in the South West.

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BBC News, 22nd April 2015

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RSPCA prosecutions ease despite rise in animal cruelty – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 22nd, 2015 in animal cruelty, animals, charities, news, prosecutions by sally

‘Charity insists no change in prosecution policy after controversial chief quits but convictions down sharply.’

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd April 2015

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Control of Horses Act 2015 – legislation.gov.uk

Posted April 1st, 2015 in animals, legislation by sally

Control of Horses Act 2015 published

Full text of Act

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Kittens killer John Akrill jailed – BBC News

Posted March 25th, 2015 in animal cruelty, animals, news, sentencing by sally

‘A man has been jailed for 20 weeks for killing four eight-week-old kittens and dumping them in a bin.’

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BBC News, 25th March 2015

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Barco De Vapor BV and others v Thanet District Council – WLR Daily

Barco De Vapor BV and others v Thanet District Council [2014] EWHC 490 (Ch); [2015] WLR (D) 127

‘Council Regulation (EC) No 1/2005 harmonised the law on the protection, welfare and health of animals during transport. Accordingly, the imposition of an animal welfare measure not in accordance with the Regulation which had the effect of restricting the free movement of goods was an unjustified breach of article 35FEU of the FEU Treaty.’

WLR Daily, 27th February 2015

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The death of Mr Pig and the truth about the RSPCA – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 16th, 2015 in animal cruelty, animals, charities, costs, news, prosecutions by sally

‘The decision to destroy a beloved pet suggests that the animal protection charity has lost its way.’

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Daily Telegraph, 14th March 2015

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‘Big player’ in UK dog fighting jailed after RSPCA probe – BBC News

Posted February 25th, 2015 in animal cruelty, animals, news, sentencing by sally

‘A dog breeder, thought to be a “big player” in British dog fighting, has been jailed and banned from keeping animals.’

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BBC News, 24th February 2015

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Nottingham dog owner banned after pet attacked woman – BBC News

Posted November 6th, 2014 in animals, compensation, dogs, news, sentencing, supervision orders, suspended sentences by sally

‘A woman has been banned from owning animals for life after her dog mauled her pregnant friend, tearing off part of her lip and almost killing her.’

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BBC News, 5th November 2014

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No binding assurances about badgers, says Court of Appeal – UK Human Rights Blog

‘The Court of Appeal has dismissed an attempt by the Badger Trust to quash Defra’s unwillingness to retain an Independent Expert Panel on future badger culls. The arguments mirrored those before the judge (summarised in my previous post here), and were dismissed for pretty much the same reasons.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 4th November 2014

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Badger cull protesters lose legal battle – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 30th, 2014 in agriculture, animals, appeals, environmental health, news, pilot schemes by sally

‘Court of Appeal judges dismiss campaigners’ claim Government acting unlawfully by allowing latest badger culls to go ahead without monitoring by independent expert panel.’

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Daily Telegraph, 29th October 2014

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Lady Gaga the polo pony in High Court libel battle – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 23rd, 2014 in animals, costs, damages, defamation, news by sally

‘A polo pony called Lady Gaga was at the centre of a High Court libel battle after her ‘reputation was slurred’ on YouTube.’

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd October 2014

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Property gifts in contemplation of death: Donatio mortis causa – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted October 15th, 2014 in animals, charities, news, wills by sally

‘As the opening comments of Charles Hollander QC in his judgment in King v Dubrey [2014] EWHC 2083, make clear, a donatio mortis causa (DMC) takes effect as a historic and anomalous exception to the requirements of the Wills Act. It involves… a present gift which takes effect in the future and remains conditional until the donor dies. On death it becomes absolute. It has previously been described as being of “an amphibious nature, being a gift which is neither entirely inter vivos nor testamentary.” The task for the Court is to distinguish between a genuine DMC and an attempt to make a testamentary gift other than in accordance with the Wills Act. The test has, for over one hundred and fifty years, been a high one –

“…no case of this description ought to prevail unless it is supported by evidence of the clearest and most unequivocal character.”’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 25th September 2014

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To litigate or not to litigate in claims involving wills: practical points for charities – New Square Chambers

Posted October 15th, 2014 in animals, appeals, charities, families, news, wills by sally

My purpose in this article is to highlight the sort of issues facing charities in deciding whether or not to litigate over a legacy, or residuary gift, contained in a Will. In particular, I shall be looking at a number of cases where charities have faced such difficult decisions, some of which they have got wrong.

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New Square Chambers, 2nd October 2014

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Gamekeeper found guilty of poisoning 10 buzzards and a sparrowhawk – The Guardian

Posted October 2nd, 2014 in animals, environmental protection, guilty pleas, news, pesticides, poisoning by tracey

‘A gamekeeper found with a bag of nine dead buzzards on a pheasant-shooting estate has been found guilty of intentionally killing a protected species in what is England’s worst recorded case of poisoning birds of prey.’

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The Guardian, 2nd October 2014

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Badgers’ expectations dashed – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted September 1st, 2014 in animals, environmental health, environmental protection, news, pilot schemes by sally

‘This blog has covered the various twists and turns, both scientific and legal, of Defra’s attempts to reduce bovine TB by culling badgers: see the list of posts below. Today’s decision in the Administrative Court is the most recent.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 29th August 2014

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