201610.07
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When Your Animal is Harmed

In Pironga, two parties recently had a dispute over a cat which continually entered a neighbour’s property and urinated in their home. The neighbour’s solution to this issue was to shoot the cat. The full story can be viewed on Seven Sharp here: http://tvnz.co.nz/seven-sharp/if-she-let-us-know-we-would-ve-re-homed-him-neighbour-distraught-shooting-her-cat-video-6492384. Seven Sharp subsequently approached NZALA for legal advice regarding what recourse a…

201510.11
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New Zealand Animal Law Association to assist the Auckland SPCA with animal welfare prosecutions – October 2015

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NZALA has launched a new pro bono project, providing the Auckland SPCA with legal advice in relation to its animal welfare prosecutions. The work involves completing initial file reviews of relevant facts and evidence, and writing legal opinions advising on whether an animal welfare prosecution should be pursued, depending on evidential sufficiency and public interest….

201510.08
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Record sentence for animal abuser – October 2015

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A dairy worker, Michael James Whitelock, has been handed down New Zealand’s longest-ever prison sentence for animal cruelty (four and a half years’ imprisonment and a 10-year disqualification from owning animals). This sentence was given after cows were beaten, and had their tails broken and were shot in the kneecaps, on a farm that Whitelock…

201504.21
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Guest lecture by American legal scholar Steven Wise

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New Zealand Animal Law Association hosts guest lecture by American legal scholar Steven Wise Time: 6pm, Thursday 7 May 2015 Location: Northey lecture theatre, University of Auckland Law School, 9 Eden Crescent About the speaker: Steven Wise is the president of the Nonhuman Rights Project and has practiced animal protection law for 38 years. He…

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New Zealand Animal Law Association Executive member Lucy Leadbetter featured in Law News article – April 2015

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Law News has published a write-up of the ‘Female of the Species’ seminar held by the Auckland Women Lawyers’ Association. Various women involved in Animal Law spoke at the event, including Gillian Coumbe QC, Green Party MP Mojo Mathers and NZALA’s executive member, Lucy Leadbetter. Read the full article here: http://www.adls.org.nz/for-the-profession/news-and-opinion/2015/4/2/a-call-to-action-to-the-legal-profession/