Cattle v the Crown: is there a place for the Commonwealth as animal welfare guardian?

Walker-Munro, Brendan (2015) Cattle v the Crown: is there a place for the Commonwealth as animal welfare guardian? University of Queensland Law Journal, 34 (2). pp. 363-391. ISSN 0083-4041


We rely on animals for the provision of foodstuffs, material goods, domestic and commercial labour, and medical and cosmetic experimentation. Yet despite the many
obvious ways that animals interact with the human sphere there is little to no regulation of animal welfare or their interests at the Commonwealth level. As our population
grows so too does the economic and social value of animals – in the words of Andrew Thelander back in 1991 ‘animals have already contributed more to [Australia] than all
the breweries and football teams put together’.

This paper will seek to examine whether there is a need for a Commonwealth guardianship framework for animal welfare. It will examine the current tensions in the existing framework between international, national and State laws, as well as conduct a comparative analysis of the cases for and against federalist intervention. It will then be
proposed that the current situation requires Commonwealth intervention to establish a guardianship model of animal welfare law based on internationally and socially
recognised principles, with a concomitant expansion of the rules of standing enabling representation of animals before the Courts by litigation guardians, in a similar model
to that used for children and the mentally ill.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: c. University of Queensland Press. Permanent restricted access to Published version in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Law and Justice
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2016 06:14
Last Modified: 18 May 2016 23:43
Uncontrolled Keywords: animal welfare; Commonwealth; guardianship
Fields of Research : 18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180199 Law not elsewhere classified
18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180119 Law and Society
07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0702 Animal Production > 070207 Humane Animal Treatment

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