Faculty of Law

Public Q and A

Public Q and A: Live Export & The Law


What: On Saturday 19th January 2013, the UTAS Faculty of Law will be holding a Q and A discussion on the legal and scientific issues raised by the live export of animals from Australia to countries overseas.

Who: Presentations by Dr Malcolm Caulfield (Principal Lawyer, Animal Welfare Community Legal Centre) and Professor Clive Phillips, University of Queensland (Voiceless Eureka Prize Winner, 2012).

Dr Caulfield will be discussing the effectiveness of the legal framework governing animal welfare in the live export process. Dr Caulfield is a national animal law expert having formerly occupied the position of Legal Counsel for Animals Australia and currently acting as Principal Lawyer for the Animal Welfare Community Legal Centre. He is the author of the first textbook on animal law in Australia and has published various book chapters and essays on the subject.

At the Q and A, Dr Caulfield will be putting forward an argument that the treatment of animals during live export voyages would be unacceptable under domestic animal welfare law, and therefore should not be permitted. To this end, he will discuss the various animal welfare issues associated with the live export of animals, such as heat stress, trauma and overcrowding on board. His examination of the regime will also involve a critique of the role of DAFF (Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry) and the adequacy of the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS). As a (partial) solution to some of the current problems in the system, Dr Caulfield will be advocating for the introduction of an independent regulator.

Professor Phillips will be contributing his significant scientific expertise to a discussion of the welfare issues associated with live export. As the inaugural holder of the University of Queensland Chair in Animal Welfare he is involved in research in animal welfare and ethics and the development and implementation of State and Federal government animal welfare policies. At the Q and A, he will be discussing the need for increased publication of scientific research on live export animal welfare issues – especially where research has been undertaken, but not made publicly available.

Where: UTAS Faculty of Law, Sandy Bay Campus, Law Lecture Theatre 2.

When:  Saturday 19th January 2013. 3pm start - 4.30pm finish, followed by a complimentary afternoon tea. Please arrive anytime between 2.40 – 3pm, to be seated for a 3pm start.

Cost: This is a free public event. However, any donations received will be given to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary to assist with the rescue and rehabilitation of animals affected by the bushfires.

Why:  The Q and A is a unique opportunity to meet national experts on animal law and animal welfare science. As this event is part of the UTAS Animal Law Conference, attendees will have an opportunity to mingle with Conference speakers and participants. 

RSVP: Animal.LawConference@utas.edu.au

Please note that although contacting to RSVP is desirable for catering purposes, it is not necessary – you may still attend the event even if you have not contacted.

Public Q and A flyer