Animal Welfare Legislation

Animal welfare legislation differs across the world with some countries providing greater protection for animals than others.

The legislature also distinguishes between species, including some while excluding others. Scientific findings influence animal welfare legislation and as animal welfare develops as an academic discipline, so do the extent of the regulations that safeguard the welfare of animals.The laws, statutes and guidelines have an impact on widespread issues from trade through to cruelty. This page will help you understand how animal welfare legislation is relevant to your field.

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Shakira Free-Miles discusses why dog breed specific legislation does not work, and why she felt obliged to speak out about this welfare issue.

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Ricardo is the Head of Global External Affairs at World Animal Protection. He is also a trained solicitor, and an author.
Peter is an Associate Professor at the University of Houston-Downtown and a China Policy Specialist for the Humane Society International.