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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Badger cull legal challenge in Somerset and Gloucestershire fails – BBC News

Posted August 29th, 2014 in agriculture, animals, judicial review, news by tracey

‘A High Court bid to halt this year’s badger culling, which will take place without independent monitoring, has failed.’

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BBC News, 29th August 2014

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Badger cull faces fresh legal challenge – The Guardian

Posted August 21st, 2014 in agriculture, animals, environmental health, government departments, news by tracey

‘The Badger Trust is back in court on Thursday with a new legal challenge over the government’s badger cull policy. It is seeking a High Court ruling that there has been an unlawful failure to put in place an independent expert panel to oversee this year’s planned cull in Gloucestershire and Somerset.’

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The Guardian, 21st August 2014

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Copyright in the modern world: a load of monkey business? – Technology Law Update

‘The application of intellectual property law in our modern age is fraught with complexities. As societies and technologies develop, situations invariably arise that the drafters of legislation had perhaps not considered.’

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Technology Law Update, 8th August 2014

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Wikipedia refuses to delete photo as ‘monkey owns it’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 6th, 2014 in animals, copyright, internet, news, photography by sally

‘Wikimedia, the organisation behind Wikipedia, has refused a photographer’s repeated requests to delete his most famous shot as it is jeopardising his livelihood – because a monkey pressed the shutter button and “owns the copyright”.’

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Daily Telegraph, 6th August 2014

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Badger Trust given permission to challenge badger cull – BBC News

Posted July 2nd, 2014 in animals, environmental protection, judicial review, news, pilot schemes by sally

‘The Badger Trust has been granted permission for a judicial review to challenge the government’s plans to continue culling badgers this year.’

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BBC News, 1st July 2014

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What is the law on killing rabbits in your garden? – BBC News

Posted June 18th, 2014 in animals, internet, news, photography, protected species by sally

‘Novelist Jeanette Winterson has caused a minor storm on Twitter by posting pictures of a rabbit she killed, cooked and ate after it entered her garden. But what does the law in England and Wales say on the issue, asks Justin Parkinson.’

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BBC News, 18th June 2014

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Expert court witnesses ‘ignored clients’ guilt’ – BBC News

Posted June 9th, 2014 in animals, evidence, expert witnesses, news by sally

‘An undercover Panorama investigation has found some paid expert witnesses prepared to provide helpful court reports despite a client’s confession.’

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BBC News, 9th June 2014

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Badger cull injunction breach case dropped – BBC News

Posted May 29th, 2014 in animals, demonstrations, environmental health, injunctions, news, prosecutions by michael

‘The case against the only person accused of breaching last year’s badger cull injunction has been dropped.’

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BBC News, 29th May 2014

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