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On our News Page you can find the latest updates on animals in the countries of Asia, learn more about Animal Awareness Date, and get acknowledged with the participation of the Institute of Animal Law of Asia (IALA) in various projects and events.

We are happy to share our pre-recorded animal law webinar with Oscar Horta, the Founder of Animal Ethics and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Santiago de Compostela! The event was organized under the Project “Amplifying the Interests of Animals in Kazakhstan.”

There is a very high probability that nonhuman animals will continue to exist for a very long time. Accordingly, the impact we can have by acting in ways that reduce the chances that the future is negative for all sentient beings may be very important. This is so, in particular, because there are risks that in the future the situation of animals becomes even worse than in the present: both animal exploitation and wild animal suffering can be expanded, and new forms of harming nonhuman sentient beings may appear. This means that we should take very seriously the task of researching and implementing a longtermist strategic approach.

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Happy Earth Day!

This day is celebrated annually to spread the word about preserving and protecting our health, families, and our livelihoods. The theme for 2022 is Invest in Our Planet.


For Earth Day 2022, we need to act (boldly), innovate (broadly), and implement (equitably). It’s going to take all of us. All in. Businesses, governments, and citizens — everyone accounted for, and everyone accountable. A partnership for the planet.


As individuals, we have the simple yet effective power to make our voices heard through our choices, our civic actions, and our personal interactions. What each of us does, and how we do it, has a huge ripple effect on our ecosystems, and on the pace of corporate and government action.


Today’s the day to take action not just because you care about the natural world, but because we all live on it. Every one of us needs a healthy Earth to support our jobs, livelihoods, health & survival, and happiness. A healthy planet is not an option — it is a necessity.


A green future is a prosperous future!


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Read our next series of news articles on the following topics:

  • Scientists stepping up for Saolas;

  • The launch of the first cage-free production standard in China;

  • New guidelines for adoption of dogs in Singapore;

  • Culling 2000 hamsters in Hong Kong;

  • Baghdad animal shelter setting out to aid stray animals;

  • The risk of animal portrayals in ads.


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We are happy to invite you to our animal law webinar on Zoom with Oscar Horta, the Founder of Animal Ethics and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Santiago de Compostela, on April 20th, 2022!

There is a very high probability that nonhuman animals will continue to exist for a very long time. Accordingly, the impact we can have by acting in ways that reduce the chances that the future is negative for all sentient beings may be very important. This is so, in particular, because there are risks that in the future the situation of animals becomes even worse than in the present: both animal exploitation and wild animal suffering can be expanded, and new forms of harming nonhuman sentient beings may appear. This means that we should take very seriously the task of researching and implementing a longtermist strategic approach.

Oscar Horta is a Spanish animal activist and moral philosopher and one of the co-founders of the organization Animal Ethics. He has worked on the concept of speciesism and on the clarification of the arguments for the moral consideration of nonhuman animals and has been involved in animal advocacy since the mid-90s. Oscar has more than a hundred academic publications, most of them focused on speciesism and wild animal suffering, including Making a Stand for Animals (forthcoming in Routledge).

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World Aquatic Animal Day

It's World Aquatic Animal Day!

 

This day is an annual day dedicated to aquatic animals and was created to raise awareness about the importance of aquatic animals in our lives! The theme for 2022 is Disentangling the Sustainability Myth in Fishing and Aquaculture.


Today, we wish to raise awareness for these magnificent creatures, the various threats they face, and how we, as human animals, impact them and their habitats. They are valuable to us not only as a society and to the environment but are also individuals with intrinsic value.


Therefore, we invite all of you to a free webinar series held by the Center for Animal Law Studies, Lewis & Clark Law School, where various experts from around the globe will share their knowledge on respective topics.


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World Bear Day

It's World Bear Day!

 

This day was created to raise awareness about the necessity to rescue and protect bears around the world, regardless of the species and natural habitat.

 

There are eight species of bears around the world, and most of them are facing the threats of global warming and climate change, pollution and habitat issues, exploitation in art, medicine, and cooking, exploitation in the entertainment industry, hunting, and poaching, as well as human-bear conflicts.


However, specifically in many Asian countries, the practice of bear bile farms is continuing which brings suffering and pain to lots of bears. There is an urge to extend legal protections to these animals, in particular with regard to practices involving bears, whether it is entertainment purposes or traditional medicine.

 

How to celebrate?

  • Learn more about the bears, their habitats, threats that they face, and means through which we can protect them;

  • Choose cruelty-free cosmetics, household products;

  • Restrain from visiting any performances involving animals;

  • Spread the word by sharing on social media using the hashtag #WorldBearDay.

We are delighted to invite you to the upcoming animal law webinar organized by the Vermont Law School, on March 26th, 2022!


This webinar will host amazing professors of law and experts in the field from across the globe and the event will be held with simultaneous Chinese and English translation.


Panel One: Global, National, Local Animal Law: Opportunities and Obstacles

  • Prof. Joan Schaffner, Associate Professor of Law at the George Washington University Law School

  • Prof. Delcianna J. Winders, Visiting Associate Professor and Animal Law and Policy Institute Director at Vermont Law School

  • Prof. Qian Yefang, Professor of Law at Zhongnan University of Economics and Law


Panel Two: Comparative Wildlife Law: China, Australia, EU

  • Prof. Zhao Huiyu, Associate Professor at Shanghai Jiaotong University

  • Prof. Deborah Cao, Professor at Griffith University, Australia

  • Prof. Alice DiConcetto, founder of the European Institute for Animal Law & Policy and lecturer in animal law at the Sorbonne in Paris


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International Rescue Cat Day

It's International Rescue Cat Day!


Rescued animals play a vital role in our communities as they continuously work to reunite pets with their owners, shelter those in need, and find new homes for animals that are lost without a permanent home or for those animals that, for our own security, shouldn’t be roaming our streets.


By adopting or rescuing cats you provide several benefits to the rescued animals, shelters, and other animals. All animals in the shelters need a second chance. Many are animals that have been lost, given up, or abandoned. Adoption also helps break the cycle of pet overpopulation. Every year, millions of animals around the world are euthanized due to overpopulation. Finally, adoption prevents cruelty in mass breeding facilities.


How to celebrate?

  • Learn more about the benefits of adopting a cat;

  • Consider donations to your local shelters;

  • Volunteer with shelters as they are in constant need of people;

  • Spread the word by sharing on social media using the hashtag #InternationalRescueCatDay.

We are delighted to share our pre-recorded animal law webinar with Dr. Peter Li, the Associate Professor at the University of Houston-Downtown and China Policy Specialist at the Humane Society International! The event was organized under the Project “Amplifying the Interests of Animals in Kazakhstan.”

Despite the fact that dog meat consumption is not part of the mainstream food culture of China, the eating habit is driven by the country's dog meat traders who rely on a host of illegal and other activities to sustain their trading operation. The dog meat trade has turned China into a "civil war." China has no animal protection laws, it has no laws against animal cruelty. Should China sit still and wait for the enactment of animal protection laws or are there any laws that can be used to go after illegal activities involved in the trade? In this presentation, Dr. Peter Li discussed China's controversial dog meat industry and the existence of alternative legal measures that can be used to prosecute and hold the traders responsible.

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World Pangolin Day

It's World Pangolin Day!


World Pangolin Day is celebrated on the third Saturday of February for the only scaly mammal on earth! This day is another opportunity to raise awareness about these animals that are often poached and trafficked in the wildlife trade.


Pangolins are unique mammals, and there are eight species of pangolins on Earth. Their population is declining due to the illegal trade for meat and traditional Chinese medicine. Four species of pangolins inhabit Asia: Indian Pangolin, Philippine pangolin, Sunda Pangolin, and Chinese Pangolin. The remaining four species inhabit African countries.


How to celebrate?

  • Learn more about the pangolins and threats that they face;

  • Support organizations that work on the conservation of these animals;

  • Inform local authorities if you become the witness of the illegal trade of pangolins;

  • Request your law enforcement to strengthen the regulations with regard to the protection of pangolins;

  • Spread the word by sharing on social media using the hashtag #WorldPangolinDay.

We are happy to share our animal law webinar with Andrea Richey, the Executive Director of the Hong Kong Shark Foundation! The event was organized under the Project “Enhancing Legal Regulations for Aquatic Animals in Kazakhstan.”

In this presentation, Ms. Richey gave an update on the global shark crisis and look at the current status of shark conservation efforts to reduce consumption and change behavior, especially in Hong Kong and the Asia region.

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World Hippo Day

It's World Hippo Day!


This day was created to raise global awareness about these important animals and to shed light on enacting more effective legal protection for them.


The hippopotamus also called the hippo, is a large, mostly herbivorous, semiaquatic mammal and ungulate native to sub-Saharan Africa. In the 20th century, attempts were made to introduce hippos into the US. The “American Hippo Bill”, raised in 1910, proposed introducing hippo ranching in Louisiana, not only to help control a particular plant that was taking over the bayous but also to address the American meat crisis. However, the bill didn’t quite make it through Congress, and so hippos remained in their native Africa until the 1980s, when the infamous drug cartel leader Pablo Escobar (illegally) imported four hippos and took them to his estate in Columbia.


In recent times, the hippo numbers have been on the decline. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) listed hippos as a vulnerable species in 2006 after establishing that the hippo population had declined by as much as 20% within the previous twenty years. Droughts have led to habitat loss, and the hunting and poaching of hippos, both for their meat and ivory teeth, is also a threat.


How to celebrate?

  • Learn more about the hippos and threats that they face;

  • Go vegan for the animals and the planet;

  • Urge the government to enact effective and enforceable legislation aimed at the protection of hippos;

  • Report any illegal activity involving the exploitation of these animals;

  • Spread the word by sharing on social media using the hashtag #WorldHippoDay and #HippoDay.

We are delighted to announce the animal law webinar on Zoom with Dr. Peter Li, the Associate Professor at the University of Houston-Downtown and China Policy Specialist at the Humane Society International, on February 18th, 2022!

Despite the fact that dog meat consumption is not part of the mainstream food culture of China, the eating habit is driven by the country's dog meat traders who rely on a host of illegal and other activities to sustain their trading operation. The dog meat trade has turned China into a "civil war." China has no animal protection laws, it has no laws against animal cruelty. Should China sit still and wait for the enactment of animal protection laws or are there any laws that can be used to go after illegal activities involved in the trade? This presentation hopes to introduce China's controversial dog meat industry and the existence of alternative legal measures that can be used to prosecute and hold the traders responsible.

Dr. Peter Li joined the University of Houston-Downtown in 2002 after receiving a doctoral degree in Comparative Politics/International Relations from Northern Arizona University. He specializes in East Asian Politics with an emphasis on China’s domestic politics, foreign relations, and animal protection policy. Dr. Li teaches the courses of Chinese Politics, U.S. Foreign Policy, Animal Rights & Politics, U.S. Government, etc. Before joining the University of Houston-Downtown, Dr. Li worked as a business analyst with a major corporation in Denver. He also worked earlier as a junior faculty at the Beijing Institute of Foreign Affairs.

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Lunar New Year 2022!

The team of the Institute of Animal Law of Asia is wishing you a Lunar New Year of 2022 and wonderful holidays during the Spring Festival!

We wish you a thriving, healthy, and lucky year! Thank you for following our activities and supporting our work in favor of animals all around the world!

We are happy to announce our next animal law webinar on Zoom with Andrea Richey, the Executive Director of the Hong Kong Shark Foundation, on January 28th, 2022!

In this presentation, Ms. Richey will give an update on the global shark crisis and look at the current status of shark conservation efforts to reduce consumption and change behavior, especially in Hong Kong and the Asia region.

For the past 30 years, Ms. Richey has lived in Hong Kong and worked for a wide variety of corporate and NGO entities. Since 2015, she has worked and volunteered for the Hong Kong Shark Foundation in many capacities, most recently as the Executive Director raising awareness about shark conservation and educating people to stop eating shark fin soup and all shark products. Before joining Hong Kong Shark Foundation, Ms. Richey was a legal recruiter and previous to that worked for the Wall Street law firm of Paul, Weiss in Hong Kong in a corporate communications/business development capacity. She speaks Mandarin and has lived and worked in both China and Taiwan.

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In our December Newsletter, you will find 3 research articles, two volumes of our news digest Asia Animal Law Bulletin, 2 species of animals in Animal Calendar, and a celebration of international and national animal holidays. Last month, we also conducted one animal law webinar as part of the project "Amplifying the Interests of Animals in Kazakhstan" and one animal law webinar under the project "Enhancing Legal Regulations for Aquatic Animals in Kazakhstan."


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We are happy to announce the animal law webinar on Zoom with Randall S. Abate, the Professor of Law at Monmouth University, on January 17th, 2022!

In What Can Animal Law Learn From Environmental Law?, Professor Abate has assembled an experienced team of 36 academics, advocates, and legal professionals from the environmental and animal law fields to examine the experiences of these two fields. Drawing on lessons from history, politics, and law, the book examines how environmental law’s successes in several key areas such as enforcement, use of the public trust doctrine, impact assessments, and international law protections can help propel animal law’s objectives and how the two fields can work together on topics such as climate change and food law and policy. This presentation will first address some of the key themes of the book’s coverage. It will then provide case studies from the book’s chapters to illustrate how animal law can learn from environmental law and how the two fields can work together to secure mutual gains.

Randall S. Abate is the inaugural Rechnitz Family and Urban Coast Institute Endowed Chair in Marine and Environmental Law and Policy, a Professor in the Department of Political Science and Sociology, and the Director of the Institute for Global Understanding at Monmouth University. He teaches courses in domestic and international environmental law, climate justice, constitutional law, and animal law. He has delivered lectures and taught international and comparative law courses on environmental and animal law topics in many countries across the globe. Professor Abate has published six books and more than 30 law journal articles and book chapters on environmental and animal law topics.

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Read our next series of news articles on the following topics:

  • PETA’s allegations of animal cruelty in Asia;

  • Debates over the complexities of elephant tourism in Thailand;

  • Nepal’s unequal wildlife laws;

  • Sighting of a rare cinereous vulture in Singapore for the first time;

  • The record of 126 tiger deaths in 2021 in India; and

  • The threat of hunting and logging to wildlife in Myanmar.


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Happy New Year 2022!

The team of the Institute of Animal Law of Asia is wishing you a Happy New Year of 2022 and wonderful holidays!

The tiger is known as the king of all beasts in many Asian countries. The zodiac sign Tiger is a symbol of strength, exorcising evils, and braveness.

In 2022, we sincerely wish you a joyful year accompanied with new winning for the animals, environment, and the Earth!

We are delighted to share the last pre-recorded animal law webinar in 2021, with David Neale, the Animal Welfare Director at Animals Asia Foundation! The event was organized under the Project “Enhancing Legal Regulations for Aquatic Animals in Kazakhstan.”

The use of wild animals for display and performance in China and Vietnam continues to rise with the development of many new ocean parks and entertainment facilities displaying animals captured from the wild, this is leading to widespread welfare issues for animals that have been live caught, transported and forced to perform. Many other animals are bred and trained for the terrestrial circus industry and elephant tourism industry causing further welfare issues.

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Read our next series of news articles on the following topics:

  • The dog meat industry in East Asia;

  • The release of green turtles babies to the sea by Pakistani wildlife group;

  • Thai construction tycoon pled guilty for poaching cases;

  • Asian tigers and jaguars are under threat from tropical hydropower projects;

  • Vietnamese city pledges to phase out dog and cat meat; and

  • Southeast Asia’s online wildlife trafficking.


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We are happy to share another pre-recorded animal law webinar with David Favre, the Professor of Law at Michigan State University! The event was organized under the Project “Amplifying the Interests of Animals in Kazakhstan.”

This presentation discussed what are legal rights for animals, discuss the two primary paths forward, and how dogs, because of their emotional attachment with humans, are creating the first intrusion into the real-world arena of legal rights. Legal rights will arise because of the logic of protecting other beings who are like humans or because of the emotional attachment to non-human animals that are now part of the core of millions of families; logic or emotion. In the United States, the state legislatures are being to acknowledge that companion animals can and should be recognized as individuals with interests and needs apart from their human companions.

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International Monkey Day

It's International Monkey Day!


This day was created to improve public awareness about the necessity to protect monkeys all over the globe.


Monkeys play an important role in their native habitats by pollinating flowers and dispersing seeds as they travel. Some monkeys can swim, their webbed toes help them paddle through the water, and they may swim across a stream or river to avoid predators or get to the food. However, at present, these animals are facing a lot of threats from human activities. These include habitat destruction, particularly from the burning and clearing of tropical forests that also emits at least 20% of the global greenhouse gases causing climate change, and the hunting of primates for food and illegal wildlife trade.


Asian countries are inhabited by several monkey species, such as leaf monkeys, macaques, proboscis monkeys, gibbons, snub-nosed monkeys, etc. Like many other species, Asian monkeys are threatened by deforestation, climate change, habitat loss, and, most importantly, the practice of using monkeys in labor is common in some Asian countries.


How to celebrate?

  • Learn more about the monkeys and threats that they face;

  • Go vegan for the animals and the planet;

  • Urge the government to enact effective and enforceable legislation aimed at the protection of monkeys;

  • Report any illegal activity involving the exploitation of these animals;

  • Spread the word by sharing on social media using the hashtag #InternationalMonkeyDay.

International Animal Rights Day

It's International Animal Rights Day!


This day is celebrated on December 10th annually around the world to highlight that animals have moral value. The holiday is shared with Human Rights Day, as it should be, because animals have the right to be treated with respect, and acts of cruelty against them need to end just as much as for humans.


For hundreds of years, man has been killing and mistreating animals for personal gain. In 1948, the UN passed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on December 10, following the torture subjected to humans during World War II in concentration camps by Nazi Germany. After this, organizations, associations, and individuals from around the world started demanding that this declaration should be extended to the animals as well.


The whole idea that animals are inferior and live for the sole purpose of catering to the needs and wants of humans is an irrational prejudice against them. Just as certain segments of the human race are suffering due to sexism and racism, animals suffer just as much, if not more, because they can’t defend themselves.


Animals are living beings and have been recognized as creatures capable of feeling basic emotions, such as pain, suffering, fear, as well as creating bonds. There is an urgent need to elevate their status in the legal system across the globe.


How to celebrate?

  • Learn more about how you may help animals by reducing your daily habits that harm animals;

  • Go vegan for the animals and the planet;

  • Urge the government to enact effective and enforceable legislation aimed at animal protection;

  • Spread the word by sharing on social media using the hashtag #InternationalAnimalRightsDay.

We are happy to announce our next animal law webinar on Zoom with David Neale, the Animal Welfare Director at Animals Asia Foundation, on December 23rd, 2021!

The use of wild animals for display and performance in China and Vietnam continues to rise with the development of many new ocean parks and entertainment facilities displaying animals captured from the wild, this is leading to widespread welfare issues for animals that have been live caught, transported and forced to perform. Many other animals are bred and trained for the terrestrial circus industry and elephant tourism industry causing further welfare issues. Animals Asia are working collaboratively with government departments and both local and international NGOs to address these pressing welfare issues and to find solutions that work for the animals and the people that rely on these forms of entertainment for their livelihood.

David holds a first degree in Environmental Science and a Master's degree with distinction in Conservation Biology. David leads a series of animal welfare campaigns aimed at improving the welfare of captive wild animals in China and Vietnam, working in partnership with the China Association of Zoological Gardens and government wildlife rescue centers in Vietnam to implement management training initiatives for animal managers and vets and enclosure improvement; leads a campaign to end elephant riding in Vietnam and has established the country’s first ethical elephant tourism experience in partnership with the Yok Don National Park; as well as leads a capacity-building education program to improve the welfare of all animals, develop animal welfare concepts within the teaching curriculum, and humane education initiatives within schools.

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In our November Newsletter, you will find 5 research articles, two volumes of our news digest Asia Animal Law Bulletin, 3 species of animals in Animal Calendar, and a celebration of international and national animal holidays. Last month, we also welcomed a new member in the Alliance and conducted the animal law webinar as part of the project "Enhancing Legal Regulations for Aquatic Animals in Kazakhstan."


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World Wildlife Conservation Day

It's World Wildlife Conservation Day!


This day was created to raise awareness, reflect, and take action towards issues that are threatening the planet’s wildlife biodiversity balance.


Human interference in the world’s natural ecosystem has been ongoing for centuries. In the modern world, as humans settled in different parts of the world, they cleared land for farming, cut forests for shipbuilding, and began hunting and trapping for profit. Over the years, wildlife hunting and poaching became more common practices, and wildlife populations started to decline across the globe.


Even now, the illegal trade of endangered species on the black market continues to rise. Although governments across the world are trying their best, and, in some cases, succeed to stop these acts, not all species are safe from poachers and hunters. There are other issues with effective conservation of wildlife, such as bribery, lack of prosecution, lack of enforcement, or even lack of legislation.


How to celebrate?

  • Learn more about the major threats that wildlife animals face;

  • Raise awareness about climate change effects on animals' habitat and their population;

  • Go vegan for the animals and the planet;

  • Urge the government to prosecute wildlife crimes and enact effective legislation;

  • Spread the word by sharing on social media using the hashtag #WorldWildlifeConservationDay.

It's International Cheetah Day!


This day was created to highlight the importance of cheetahs and raise awareness about the threats they face.


Cheetahs are the world's fastest land animals and are headed toward extinction, largely due to unprecedented habitat loss and poaching. Approximately only 7100 cheetahs remain globally and that the speedy animal has lost 91% of their historic habitat range. Due to human development, cheetahs' habitat decreased from a historical range totaling about 13 million square miles (33,056,767 square km) before 1900, to now only covering about 280,000 square miles (724,514 square km), according to the researchers.


The threats cheetahs face are largely caused by humans. These threats include overhunting, habitat loss, the exotic-pet trade, and illegal trafficking of cheetahs' body parts.


In Asia, specifically, there is a species of the Asiatic cheetah, which is classified as Critically Endangered under the IUCN Red List, subspecies of cheetah surviving today only in Iran. There were several projects launched to conserve the species, including ex-situ conservation, semi-captive breeding, etc.


How to celebrate?

  • Learn more about the cheetahs and the major threats they face;

  • Raise awareness about climate change effects, poaching, wildlife trafficking;

  • Go vegan for the animals and the planet;

  • Consider volunteering with or donating to the organizations that work on the conservation of cheetahs;

  • Spread the word by sharing on social media using the hashtag #InternationalCheetahDay.

Read our next series of news articles on the following topics:

  • A new platform to tackle human-animal-environmental health challenges;

  • An advisory to replace animals in movies;

  • Singapore’s first plant-based protein innovation by Growthwell Foods;

  • The continuation of illegal bear trade in India;

  • 52 dogs saved from being taken to a slaughterhouse in Indonesia; and

  • Singapore and China's UN Award for seizing elephant ivory.


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We are happy to announce the animal law webinar on Zoom with David Favre, the Professor of Law at Michigan State University, on December 14th, 2021!

This presentation will discuss what are legal rights for animals, discuss the two primary paths forward, and how dogs, because of their emotional attachment with humans, are creating the first intrusion into the real-world arena of legal rights. Legal rights will arise because of the logic of protecting other beings who are like humans or because of the emotional attachment to non-human animals that are now part of the core of millions of families; logic or emotion. In the United States, the state legislatures are being to acknowledge that companion animals can and should be recognized as individuals with interests and needs apart from their human companions.

David Favre has been a professor of law at Michigan State University College of Law for over 44 years, serving as Dean of the College for 5 years, and teaching in the area of Property Law, Animal Law, and International Environmental Law. His books include Animal Law: Welfare, Interest, and Rights (2020), Respecting Animals (2018), The Future of Animal Law (2021). He is also a founder and editor-in-chief of the largest animal legal web resource in the world, www.animallaw.info, and was a founding officer of the Animal Legal Defense Fund for 22 years beginning in 1982, serving as President of the Board for the last 2 years.

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We are pleased to announce that Lu Shegay, our Managing Director, has been selected as one of the CALS Ambassadors in Round 2!


Lu's Project "Amplifying the Interests of Animals in Kazakhstan" will be focused on educating individuals on the importance of animal law in Kazakhstan, specifically on cruel practices that are done to animals, by providing articles, organizing webinars, and collaborating with law schools to raise awareness about the need to elevate the animals' status in the legal system of Kazakhstan.


Earlier this year, we have announced our two external projects within the Global Ambassador Program, an initiative launched by the Center for Animal Law Studies, Lewis & Clark Law School, to cultivate animal law education and advocacy abroad and to pioneer animal law education through advocacy and outreach in their home countries. These projects focus on aquatic animal protection in Kazakhstan and farm animal welfare in mainland China.


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Call for Volunteers

Institute of Animal Law of Asia (IALA) is looking for volunteers who are fluent in speaking Japanese and English to provide the translation during the live or recorded webinar on aquatic animals!


If you think you qualify and would like to contribute to education in animal protection by raising awareness about the necessity to extend legal protection to aquatic animals, send us an email at info@ialasia.org.

Read our next series of news articles on the following topics:

  • Studies on Indonesia’s murky shark fishery and trade;

  • The restoration of a home to critically endangered species by 2030;

  • The lion at Singapore Zoo tested positive for COVID-19;

  • Nepal's efforts to double the population of tigers by 2022;

  • Decrying animal rights groups in Hong Kong for an inhumane policy of capturing and killing of wild boars; and

  • Causing anger in Chinese netizens after killing of corgi by anti-pandemic workers.


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We are happy to share another pre-recorded animal law webinar with Dr. Lori Marino, the Founder and President of the Whale Sanctuary Project and the Executive Director of the Kimmela Center for Animal Advocacy! The event was organized under the Project “Enhancing Legal Regulations for Aquatic Animals in Kazakhstan.”

In this presentation, Lori Marino discussed the concept of nonhuman personhood from a philosophical and legal perspective focusing on the extensive scientific evidence that shows many animals meet the definition of personhood used in the law to protect human beings. She also discussed the ways human cognitive biases and psychological defense mechanisms prevent nonhuman personhood from being accepted both legally and philosophically and why this concept is important for recognizing the independent rights of other animals beyond welfare.

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Adopt a Turkey Month

It's Adopt a Turkey Month!


November - due to the celebration of Thanksgiving Day in the United States - was named Adopt a Turkey Month! The major reason for creating the holiday is to highlight the importance of turkeys as individuals since they are the main victims of the plate.


Turkeys are intelligent animals who enjoy having their feathers stroked and who like listening to music, with which they will often loudly sing along. In nature, these animals can fly 55 miles an hour, run 35 miles an hour, and live up to 10 years, however, in factory farms, they oftentimes do not have sufficient space, are poorly treated, and abused.


Approximately 245 million turkeys are raised and killed for their flesh every year in the U.S. and are not legally protected by federal law. More than 46 million of them are killed each year at Thanksgiving alone, and more than 22 million die at Christmas.


How to celebrate?

  • Celebrate Thanksgiving Day with vegan meals;

  • Raise awareness about animal agriculture and its cruel practices;

  • Go vegan for the animals and the planet;

  • Consider volunteering with sanctuaries to help care for the turkeys and other rescued animals;

  • Adopt a turkey from a sanctuary by donating;

  • Spread the word by sharing on social media using the hashtag #AdoptATurkeyMonth.

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We are happy to announce our next animal law webinar on Zoom with Andrea Richey, the Executive Director of the Hong Kong Shark Foundation, on January 28th, 2022!

In this presentation, Ms. Richey will give an update on the global shark crisis and look at the current status of shark conservation efforts to reduce consumption and change behavior, especially in Hong Kong and the Asia region.

For the past 30 years, Ms. Richey has lived in Hong Kong and worked for a wide variety of corporate and NGO entities. Since 2015, she has worked and volunteered for the Hong Kong Shark Foundation in many capacities, most recently as the Executive Director raising awareness about shark conservation and educating people to stop eating shark fin soup and all shark products. Before joining Hong Kong Shark Foundation, Ms. Richey was a legal recruiter and previous to that worked for the Wall Street law firm of Paul, Weiss in Hong Kong in a corporate communications/business development capacity. She speaks Mandarin and has lived and worked in both China and Taiwan.

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