Animals in UK Law

Leading Cases
  • R (British Union for Abolition of Vivisection) v Secretary of State for the Home Department
    • Queen's Bench Division (Administrative Court)
    • 25 Abril 2008

    The second legal error was that he did not apply the "single animal" test required by the guidance to what he found had actually occurred. It is clear from his findings in paragraphs 5.C.15 to 19 and 5.C.39 to 46 that the procedures had in fact resulted in a major departure from the usual state of health or well-being of a small number of animals. In consequence, he reached a conclusion which in my judgment was clearly wrong on that issue.

    The BUAV criticised Dr Richmond's silence on the apparent lack of post-operative overnight monitoring of these animals and of others. Professor Flecknell and Dr Lewis, who has advised the BUAV, agree that in the case of these and other animals if there was no overnight monitoring the care provided was less than optimum.

  • Mirvahedy v Henley
    • House of Lords
    • 03 Febrero 2005

    It is expressed in general, abstract terms and it has to be applied to a wide range of disparate incidents.

  • Cummings v Granger
    • Court of Appeal (Civil Division)
    • 26 Mayo 1976

    The Section is very cumbrously worded and will give rise to several difficulties in future. Those circumstances are "particular circumstances" within Section 2(2) (b). It was "due" to those circumstances that the damage was likely to be severe if an untruder did enter on its territory. Section 2(2)(c): Those characteristics were known to the keeper. It follows that the keeper of the dog is strictly liable unless he can bring himself within one of the exceptions in Section 5.

  • R (British Union for Abolition of Vivisection) v Secretary of State for the Home Department
    • Court of Appeal (Civil Division)
    • 30 Julio 2008

    Yet the nature of the claimants' case is to challenge a composite scientific judgment based more upon an expert analysis of scientific material than upon the application of hard-edged terms of a document amenable to lawyers' construction. The scientific judgment is not immune from lawyers' analysis. But the court must be careful not to substitute its own inexpert view of the science for a tenable expert opinion.

  • D Pride & Partners and Others v Institute for Animal Health
    • Queen's Bench Division
    • 31 Marzo 2009

    Before this hearing the claims of the First to Seventh Claimants were the subject of a settlement made between them, IAH and Merial, with the result that they no longer pursue claims against any of the Defendants. The First to Seventh Claimants are all farmers whose livestock was culled, either because the animals were infected or because they were suspected of being infected.

  • Mirvahedy v Henley
    • Court of Appeal (Civil Division)
    • 21 Noviembre 2001

    In this case, however, it is indeed difficult to conclude that it was anything other than the particular characteristics of these horses once they had been terrified which led to their escape and to this accident taking place. They were still not behaving in the ordinary way in which they would behave when taken on the road. One witness referred to them bolting; another to them trotting across the road in front of the vehicles; they crashed into the vehicles rather than the other way about.

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Books & Journal Articles
  • Perpetual Strangers: Animals and the Cosmopolitan Right
    • No. 62-4, December 2014
    • Political Studies
    In this article I propose a cosmopolitan approach to animal rights based upon Kant's right of universal hospitality. Many approaches to animal rights buttress their arguments by finding similaritie...
  • Do Animals Have an Interest in Liberty?
    • No. 57-3, October 2009
    • Political Studies
    Proponents of justice for animals often argue that non-human animals have an interest in liberty. Furthermore, they usually claim that this animal interest in liberty is intrinsic rather than instr...
  • Developmental Links between Cruelty to Animals and Human Violence
    • No. 35-3, December 2002
    • Journal of Criminology (formerly Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology)
    Abstract Reviews evidence for the significance of childhood cruelty to animals as a predictor of later violence toward humans. Moves are underway in the United ...
  • Exceptionalisms in the ethics of humans, animals and machines
    • No. 17-2, May 2019
    • Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society
    • 183-195
    Purpose: This paper aims to examine exceptionalisms in ethics in general and in the fields of animal and technology ethics in particular. Design/methodology/approach: This paper reviews five sampl...
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