Cats and the law: evolving protection for cats and owners

Nurse, Angus ORCID logoORCID: and Ryland, Diane (2014) Cats and the law: evolving protection for cats and owners. Journal of Animal Welfare Law . pp. 1-6. [Article]

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This article examines the practical impact of the Animal Welfare Act 2006 on companion animal owners and their companions.

It argues that the true significance of the Act is in creating a 21st Century conception of animal welfare based on the needs of animals. Arguably this amounts to a form of rights given that the Act requires owners to consider the needs of individual animals representing a departure from previous legislation which was largely negative in scope i.e. specifying prohibited actions towards animals.

Instead, the Animal Welfare Act 2006 imposes a positive obligation to provide animal welfare, signalling an end to 'standard' approaches to animal welfare and instead requiring responsible, informed human-animal domestic relationships.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Journal of Animal Welfare Law, December 2014
Keywords (uncontrolled): animal welfare, cat welfare, unnecessary suffering, animal cruelty, animal law, criminal law
Research Areas: A. > School of Law > Criminology and Sociology
A. > School of Law > Law and Politics
Item ID: 14655
Notes on copyright: Publisher has granted permission for article to be retained in Middlesex Repository. Full text of journal is now available online at the ALAW website.
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Depositing User: Angus Nurse
Date Deposited: 22 Apr 2015 12:47
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2022 23:16

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