Why do our laws include some animal species, but exclude others? What social constructs exists that dictate farmed animals have no rights while cats and dogs receive basic legal protections? As our civil liberties post-9/11 remain continually threatened, legislation is being passed in America and Australia which seeks to punish whistleblowers who inform the public of industry-driven animal cruelty.
Animal law issues encompass a broad spectrum of approaches—from philosophical explorations of animal rights to pragmatic discussions about the rights of those who use animals, who has standing to sue when an animal is harmed in a way that violates the law, and what constitutes legal cruelty.
Ag-Gag Laws in Australia
What exactly is Ag-Gag, or Agriculture-Gag, in relation to animal law? Are Governments trying to conceal and hide the truth about how animals are grown and treated on factory farms? Is transparency being stifled?
Studies Link Slaughterhouses and Violent Crimes Increase
There is a growing concern for the constructed socially-sanctioned violence against farmed animals in the agricultural industries and the flow on effects of violence into our society.
The Life of the Australian Dairy Cow
The dairy industry has become one of the most egregious abusers of animal welfare among all of agriculture. This report examines the relevant legal framework and highlights the need for change in the way these emotionally complex animals are treated.
Animal Law Lecture: A Heads Up from the US on Ag-Gag
Dr Siobhan O’Sullivan and Will Potter sort out to educate Australia on the US Ag-Gag laws. Australian has an opportunity that the US lacked: we can stop these dangerous proposals before they ever become law. Ag-Gag seeks to make lawfully obtained information illegal to obtain.