Gene editing of crops and livestock may soon be permitted in England – The Guardian

Posted January 7th, 2021 in agriculture, animals, consultations, EC law, food, news by tracey

‘Gene editing of crops and livestock may soon be permitted in England for the first time under a consultation launched by the government on Thursday.’

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The Guardian, 7th January 2021

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Construction company hit by £600,000 fine over damage to bat breeding site – Local Government Lawyer

‘A major house builder has been ordered to pay what is understood to be the largest fine ever issued by a court in relation to a wildlife crime. On 8 December at Woolwich Crown Court, Bellway Homes pleaded guilty to the offence between 17 March 2018 and 17 August 2018 of damaging or destroying a breeding site or resting place for bats.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 14th December 2020

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Government plans ban on controversial live animal exports – The Independent

Posted December 3rd, 2020 in animals, brexit, consultations, EC law, news, slaughter by tracey

‘The government has said it is planning to ban the export of live animals for slaughter and fattening, as it seeks to “strengthen the UK’s position as a world leader on animal welfare”.’

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The Independent, 3rd December 2020

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Ex-zoo worker jailed over penguins and rare birds theft – BBC News

Posted October 30th, 2020 in animals, burglary, imprisonment, news, sentencing, theft by sally

‘A man who stole penguins and rare birds from a zoo has been jailed.’

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BBC News, 30th October 2020

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Marian Clode: Woman’s cattle death ruled accidental – BBC News

Posted October 23rd, 2020 in accidents, animals, inquests, news by sally

‘A woman died after a cow charged at her and flipped her over a fence, an inquest has heard.’

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BBC News, 22nd October 2020

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New Judgment: R (on the application of Highbury Poultry Farm Produce Ltd) v Crown Prosecution Service [2020] UKSC 39 – UKSC Blog

Posted October 20th, 2020 in animal cruelty, animals, appeals, birds, EC law, news, regulations, slaughter, Supreme Court by sally

‘The Supreme Court unanimously dismissed this appeal addressing whether proof of an offence contrary to Regulation 30(1)(g) of the Welfare of Animals at the Time of Killing (England) Regulations 2015, brought against a business operator as defined in Regulation (EC) No. 1099/2009 on the protection of animals at the time of killing, requires proof of mens rea and/or some culpable act or omission on the part of the business operator.’

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UKSC Blog, 16th October 2020

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HS2 may be guilty of ‘wildlife crime’ by felling trees illegally, say lawyers – The Guardian

Posted October 14th, 2020 in animals, environmental protection, news, railways, transport, trees, trespass by sally

‘Lawyers have warned HS2 it might be felling trees illegally, after an ecology report found evidence of one of the UK’s rarest bat species in an area of ancient woodland being cleared for the high-speed rail line.’

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The Guardian, 10th October 2020

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EP 127: Reintroduction Part 2 – Bats and Beavers – Law Pod UK

Posted October 9th, 2020 in animals, environmental protection, news, podcasts by sally

‘This is the second instalment of our collaboration with the Environmental Law Foundation, who are acting for acting for local residents in the Forest of Dean on a translocation of pine martens from Scotland. We discuss bats, other protected species and relative success of the introduction of beavers to the British Isles.’

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Law Pod UK, 5th October 2020

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EP 126: The Birds and the Bees – Law Pod UK

Posted September 29th, 2020 in animals, birds, environmental protection, news, podcasts by sally

‘Rosalind English gathers a panel of experts together to discuss the thorny issue of reintroduction of endangered species. This episode is part of a two part series on the subject, organised by the Environmental Law Foundation that promotes access to justice in matters of environmental law.’

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Law Pod UK, 29th September 2020

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Taxidermist jailed for trading in endangered species – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted September 2nd, 2020 in animals, imprisonment, news, sentencing by tracey

‘A 29-year-old man has been jailed for 56 weeks for trading in endangered species.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 26th August 2020

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RSPCA calls for more regulation in pet industry – BBC News

Posted August 18th, 2020 in animal cruelty, animals, charities, dogs, news by sally

‘Not all local authorities require dog walkers, trainers and groomers to have qualifications and licences to operate, say the RSPCA, and this can lead to some animals being put at risk.’

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BBC News, 18th August 2020

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Beaver families win legal ‘right to remain’ – BBC News

Posted August 6th, 2020 in animals, environmental protection, news by sally

‘Fifteen families of beavers have been given the permanent “right to remain” on the River Otter in East Devon.’

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BBC News, 6th August 2020

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Government rejects calls to make ‘spiralling’ pet theft a crime – BBC News

Posted July 31st, 2020 in animals, coronavirus, criminal justice, news, theft by sally

‘Calls to make pet theft a specific criminal offence have been rejected by ministers, who say it is covered by existing laws.’

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BBC News, 30th July 2020

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Here’s what the Romans did for us, Court of Appeal explains – Litigation Futures

Posted June 18th, 2020 in animals, fisheries, news, receivers, sale of land by sally

‘The Court of Appeal has gone back to a Roman legal scholar from AD 161 to help determine who owned fish in a lake in Lancashire after it was sold.’

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Litigation Futures, 18th June 2020

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Pet theft law change urged as cases go ‘through the roof’ in lockdown – BBC News

Posted June 18th, 2020 in animals, coronavirus, news, theft by sally

‘Campaigners have called on the government to make pet theft a specific offence after instances of the crime “went through the roof” in lockdown.’

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BBC News, 17th June 2020

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Ivory ban upheld by Court of Appeal – UK Human Rights Blog

‘The overarching complaint was that the evidence base was insufficient. The appellant’s criticisms of Jay J’s analysis can be summarised as follows:

(i) wrongful use of the precautionary principle and the acceptance of inadequate evidence to support the bans;

(ii) failure to take account of the failings in the Impact Assessment which preceded the Bill and the according of too much deference to Parliament; and

(iii) violation of the principle of respect for property and the wrongful failure to require a right to compensation.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 19th May 2020

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Farmers lose legal challenge to cancellation of Derbyshire badger cull – The Guardian

Farmers have lost a challenge to the government’s cancellation of the badger cull in Derbyshire in a high court ruling that has been welcomed by wildlife groups.

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The Guardian, 13th May 2020

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Lucy’s Law – Pump Court Chambers

Posted April 17th, 2020 in animals, chambers articles, licensing, news by sally

‘On Monday 6 April 2020, the Government brought into force new legislation in England to ban the commercial third-party sale of puppies and kittens, under six months old, by anyone other than a registered breeder.’

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Pump Court Chambers, 7th April 2020

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Naturalist who wanted to rewild family farm loses 15-year legal battle with his brother, as judge rules he cannot prevent sale – Daily Telegraph

‘A naturalist who wanted to rewild the family farm has lost a 15-year legal battle with his brother after a judge ruled he cannot prevent the sale.’

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Daily Telegraph, 23rd January 2020

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Tamworth Five mystery: Dog sitter at centre of vanishing pets row is fined more than £3,000 – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 24th, 2020 in animals, fines, mental health, news, standards by tracey

‘The pet sitter at the centre of the “Tamworth Five” vanishing dogs mystery was under intense stress at the time as her marriage was breaking down, a court heard, as she was fined more than £3,000 for animal welfare offences.’

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Daily Telegraph, 23rd January 2020

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