Animal Law

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Companion Animals, Abandonment, and Legal Analysis

The Question: ‘What could I write?’
As a law lecturer who teaches animal law, it is extremely common for me to get questions from students about potential paper topics.  Equally often, students make outright statements, along the lines of ‘I have no idea what to write for a final paper!’  Students often think that everything worth writing has been written.

This usually makes me laugh!

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Jail Sentence for Dog Fighting

In a first for New Zealand, a man has been sentenced to jail for dog fighting. He is to serve a 10 month sentence.

William Kain Campbell, a 25-year-old process worker, appeared in Porirua District Court today after earlier admitting seven charges of dog fighting and failing to seek treatment for the injured animals.

His most notorious act was to steal a 14-year old Ridgeback cross named Lincoln in order to use it as ‘bait’ for his own fighting pit bull, Dukes. Lincoln suffered deep lacerations to his body and head. He is still on medication for his injuries and his owners report that he exhibits negative behavioural effects from his ordeal.

Campbell was ordered to pay reparations of $4362.47 and banned for life from owning or caring for an animal.

Although dog fighting has been acknowledged as a scourge in parts of New Zealand, sentences have tended to be rather lenient. It is encouraging to see a jail sentence being imposed for a calculated act of cruelty such as this.

Saturday Links


  • Last week, Vincent J. Guihan of We Other Animals wrote about the things he’s grateful for, as an abolitionist vegan.  Well worth the read.
  • Zoo hires actors to portray cavemen.  Wait.  What?
  • We are indeed “closer to animals than we sometimes think,” but this ridiculous publicity stunt does nothing to help people see that.

    B. Terrorist Threat. What terrorist activities have occurred in or around your building/facility in the past 5 years (documented cases)? Please check all that apply.

    [ ] Attack from international terrorists
    [ ] Attack from domestic special interest terrorists
    -[ ] Earth Liberation Front (ELF)
    -[ ] Animal Liberation Front (ALF)
    -[ ] People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)
    -[ ] Animal Defense League (ADL)
    -[ ] Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC)
    -[ ] Formal hate group(s) (please specify):
    -[ ] Other (please specify): ____________________
    [ ] Cyber Attack from a known or unknown source.

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