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15 November 2018
  • Animal Law
  • Ethics & Philosophy
  • Law & Policy
  • Legal Personhood
Can Rivers Be Persons? Voiceless in conversation with Dr Erin O’Donnell.
Guest writer

Dr O’Donnell is an Australian water law and policy specialist at the University of Melbourne. Her PhD explored the implications of using a legal person to represent the aquatic environment, with the responsibility of holding and managing water rights. We spoke to Erin about the concept of granting legal rights to natural entities, and asked her about the idea of extending legal personhood to nonhuman animals.  

  

08 November 2018
  • Animal Law
  • Ethics & Philosophy
  • Legal Personhood
  • Sentience
In conversation with Joyce Tischler, the “Mother of Animal Law”
Guest writer

We spoke to Joyce Tischler, affectionately known as "the Mother of Animal Law", at the Minding Animals Conference in Mexico City about her work for the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), and her thoughts on the movement to recognise legal rights for nonhuman animals.

11 October 2018
  • Animal Law
  • Law & Policy
  • Legal Personhood
  • Sentience
Animals: Things or Persons? Voiceless in Conversation with Professor Steven Wise
Meg Good, Voiceless

Voiceless recently interviewed Professor Steven Wise, founder of the ground-breaking Nonhuman Rights Project in the USA. We spoke to Professor Wise about the Project’s aims, challenges and successes to date.

09 October 2018
  • Animal Law
  • Ethics & Philosophy
  • Farm Animal Welfare
  • Law & Policy
  • Sentience
Bearing Witness: the Australia-Israel Live Export Trade
Guest writer

By Yael Gabay, Founder, Israel Against Live Exports 


Why are politicians so reluctant to take a stand against live export, which most of their citizens support?

26 September 2018
  • Animal Law
  • Ethics & Philosophy
  • Law & Policy
Shark Culling: A Track Record of Failure
Harriet Spark, Voiceless

Over the past week, in response to two shark attacks, six sharks have been caught on baited hooks and shot as part of the Queensland Government’s Shark Control Program.  There is no conclusive evidence that culling sharks makes swimmers any safer.

19 September 2018
  • Dairy
  • Ethics & Philosophy
  • Factory Farming
  • Farm Animal Welfare
  • Law & Policy
  • Plant-based diet
  • Sentience
Is It Possible To Produce ‘Ethical’ Dairy?
Guest writer

By Anna Wotherspoon, law student

Growing awareness of the welfare concerns posed by animal use industries has ushered in a variety of ‘higher welfare’ products. Is exploitation escapable where animals are used to produce marketable goods consumed by the masses?

08 August 2018
  • Animal Law
  • Ethics & Philosophy
  • Law & Policy
  • Sentience
Indian Court Recognises Animals as Legal Persons
Guest writer

By Meghan Scolyer, law student 

In a landmark ruling last month, the High Court of the Indian state of Uttarakhand granted all animals within the state the status of legal personhood.

02 August 2018
  • Animal Activism
  • Animal Law
  • Ethics & Philosophy
  • Factory Farming
  • Farm Animal Welfare
  • Sentience
The Little Pig: An Extract From Brian Sherman's Memoir

This is an edited extract from The Lives of Brian by Brian Sherman with AM Jonson.

27 July 2018
  • Animal Activism
  • Ethics & Philosophy
  • Factory Farming
  • Farm Animal Welfare
  • Law & Policy
  • Plant-based diet
  • Sentience
U.S. Ranked as Second Worst Nation in the World on New Animal Cruelty Index
Ondine Sherman, Voiceless Co-founder

Yet animal protection is one of the fastest growing social justice movements of our time

26 July 2018
  • Ethics & Philosophy
  • Factory Farming
  • Sentience
Pigs and Dogs: Same Same, But Different?
Jeffrey Masson, Author

Pigs are very much like dogs in all the ways that count: they are intelligent, social beings, with very strong bonds to their young, to their friends, and even, when permitted, to us. So why are they treated so very differently? 

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