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Lawyers launch UK’s first animal protection law firm

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Veganism for the legal profession?

Two lawyers have launched what is understood to be the UK’s first animal protection law firm.

Regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), Advocates for Animals is aiming to make a “huge difference” to the welfare of animals by ensuring “the law relating to animal protection is complied with in the way parliament intended”.

According to its website, animal protection laws seek to balance the rights of animals against human interests, which can include “cheap meat, research, entertainment, clothing, religious or cultural tradition”. This, according to the firm, is unfair on their furry-clientele because “human beings get to decide when their interest trumps that of animal welfare and it is no surprise that welfare is often relegated in importance. It continues:

This, allied to technological and commercial secrecy, explains the exponential increase in animal suffering at the hands of human beings, despite attitudes being generally more enlightened.”

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The firm’s co-founders are David Thomas and Edie Bowles. Thomas, a former partner at a West End law firm, specialises in EU and international animal law, and currently sits as a part-time judge. He is the former chair for the RSPCA. Meanwhile, ex-intellectual property solicitor Bowles now specialises in animal protection law and advises organisations including the Vegan Society and Cruelty Free International.

Commenting on the launch, Thomas said: “It is a salutary thought that, because of technological developments allied to commercial secrecy and huge international trade, humankind undoubtedly causes far more suffering to animals than 200 years ago when a man could beat his horse to death simply because it was his. Lawyers can help redress the balance.”

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24 Comments

Anonymous

Clifford Chance.

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Anonymous

…had a pool that got pood in.

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Anonymous

No animal puns? Disappointed.

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Alex Aldridge

Disaponyted
Geeseapointed

Is this ok?

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Anonymous

Bearly noticed the input

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Anonymous

Fighting against wuff justice!

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Alex Aldridge

You’re a dog. Is that one?

Anonymous

Shanter

Anonymous

All bark and no bite.

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Anonymous

Turtley agree with you.

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Anonymous

Wow. You know things are getting unhinged at LC when such inoffensive comments such as “fighting against wuff justice” get deleted without trace.

LC is no fun anymore.

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Anonymous

I’m here at a cafe on holiday and cats are left, right, centre begging at me. Fair enough I could have gone to a classier spot for lunch, but still – if humans were nastier to cats as a species would this happen? No, the cats would fear me.

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MR

I hope you’re joking, otherwise I wonder how you tie your own shoelaces. Either way, thanks for that inane comment.

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Anonymous

If my cat and I swapped sizes I have no doubt he would have no hesitation in tearing me to shreds, having thoroughly enjoyed watching my bloodied corpse twitching for as long as possible before I finally croaked and stopped entertaining him.

I’m all for this venture but would we see such a move if the boot were on the other paw? Just saying. You can’t always believe what your clients tell you, especially when they look so cute and innocent.

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Libby

Maybe your cat is just a sicko? Think about all the gentle giants out there who are much bigger then us yet would never harm us unless we did someone to them, e.g. elephants

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Anonymous

The JAC isn’t working.

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Anonymous

Try switching it off and then on again.

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Anonymous

I’d like to specialise in whatever the f*ck this firm does. How does their NQ salary compare to the US firms? Will I earn £115k a year defending dogs and badgers?

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Enraged

Snowflake Solicitors LLP – Licky Lap Puppy

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AJ

Disappointingly flippant comments so far. If people want to help those who have no voices of their own, then let us congratulate them because it is quite correct that lawyers can make a difference. Animals are sentient creatures (recognised by the law in case anyone is unaware) and do not deserve to be subjected to unnecessary pain and suffering (physical or mental). I am not vegan or even vegetarian, but abhor cruelty such as inflicted in factory farming and cruel “sports” such as fox-hunting which continues unabated despite the 2004 Hunting Act. All laws protecting animals should be upheld because Parliament has passed these laws on our behalf, reflecting the views of society which has decided animals deserve and require protection. Please have respect for those who are dedicated enough to act in an ethical cause rather than simply for the pursuit of personal wealth. To do otherwise brings our profession into disrepute.

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Anonymous

Animals are chattels in law.

So although people might be liable for their mistreatment of animals, the animals themselves have no rights whatever.

Therefore this firm isn’t acting on behalf of animals but against humans.

This is really a criminal and regulatory law firm that just specialises in crimes against property where the property is animals.

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MR

Hey have you heard of this cool thing where you can access UK legislation online, completely free? It’s in plain English and everything! That’s really exciting because thanks to that, you could actually read the law and end up having a shadow of an idea of what you’re talking about!

Additionally, there has not been an animal law firm in the UK before and they have only just started up so how could you possibly be so arrogantly sure of your (erroneous) assertions? I mean of course, since you don’t know the law or understand what the field is working towards achieving, it’s no surprise that you’d make such ill-informed statements.

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Anonymous

Do the lawyers at this firm work pro-boneo?

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Anonymous

They are all good chums. And very good at what they do. So they are pedigree chums.

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