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Report on the MA Thesis Defenses of the Master in Animal Law and Society –1st and 3rd Edition

2015.02.09

On Friday 19th of December 2014, in the Aula Magna of the Faculty of Law of the UAB, the public discussion and defense of the master theses, corresponding to the first and third edition of the Master in Animal Law and Society, took place for the following students: Aurora Carvajal Martín (Catalunya), Tisa Kosem (Slovenia), Miriam Marcet Rius (Catalunya), Ursula Molina Ramón (Catalunya), and Núria Sanahuja Morera (Catalunya). The members of the two tribunals, Dr. Teresa Giménez-Candela, Dr. José Antonio Jiménez Buendía, Dr. Alessandro Cozzi (IRSEA), Dr. Carlos Andrés López Contreras, and Mag. Núria Murlà Ribot then expressed their comments, suggestions, questions and opinions on the theses, giving space for discussing the exposed topics and their development in the students’ future research.
Congratulations to the coordinators Dr. Mari Carmen Navarro, Dr. Teresa Giménez-Candela, el Dr. Xavier Manteca, and Dr. José Gómez Galán for their excellent coordination and to the graduates in Animal Law and Society 2014.

SUMMARIES:

Aurora Carvajal Martín, Considerations on the Spanish legislation on potentially dangerous dogs and its jurisprudential development
The potentially dangerous dogs legislation has led to a new "legal status" of dogs considered administratively as such, which affects the lives of their owners and the dogs themselves, and moves them away from the laws on animal welfare that have appeared recently. In this paper, we will talk about this legislation in different European countries and, more specifically in Spain, analyzing their impact on different aspects of social life and in judgments made by the courts under this legislation.

Tisa Kosem, Animals in Slovenian legislation
This master’s thesis offers a general overview of the parts of the Slovenian legislation, where animals are directly or indirectly objects of protection. Legal status, sanctions against animal cruelty and animal welfare standards are just some of the most commonly mentioned topics. Furthermore the thesis systematically follows the hierarchy of legal acts and presents the herewith related relevant changes and amendments in order to present the evolution of the legal system, starting in the 19th century and concluding in the year 2014. The thesis highlights the most important amendments and offers to the reader a critical platform for a reflexion regarding the current legal status and the provisions related to animals in the legal system of the Republic of Slovenia.

Miriam Marcet Rius, The detection of animal welfare problems in plants for the intensive production of pigs and comments on the matter analysing the European legislation
This Master Thesis pretends to revise the three subjects of Ethology, Animal Welfare and Legislation, which are studied in the Master’s Degree. We applied it together in the study of Animal Welfare problems found in Intensive Pig Production. In our opinion, the three subjects are closely linked, and all of them are essential for the study and comprehension of current animal welfare problems. We also think that are relevant to try to find possible solutions.
The hypothesis is that an accurate link between these three subjects can significantly decrease animal welfare problems in intensive pig production. The path to do so during the Master Thesis performance is based in an in-depth study of the problem from different perspectives. Afterwards, with all the information, make a proposal of solutions or, at least, comments or hypothesis to allow, for instance, future research.
First of all, we studied the domestic pig Ethology in an environment where they could develop their natural behaviour. Afterwards, we continue with the study of intensive pig production conditions finding animal welfare problems. Besides, we analyzed all the European Legislation of pig protection to see the evolution concerning Ethology studies. We continue with an analyze of the welfare problems which are contemplated in the directives, the problems which are not and their effective or less effective measures. Finally, with all this information, we proposed some improvements, changes or comments of the problem, trying to improve the Animal Welfare.

Úrsula Molina Ramón, Análisis empírico-descriptivo sobre las motivaciones y usos de visitantes y ciudadanos del parque zoológico de Barcelona
This work aims to be an approach to the social perception about the Barcelona Zoo and the public utility in the field of education and training awareness of the general public .
The Zoologic Park of Barcelona as a spanish zoo must comply with the regulations and laws of the member states of the European Union. Now, that within the EU legal framework and the Spanish Law 31/2003 FIND art.4b of October 27th.
Regarding the contribution of esta research can point to two areas of expertise:
  1. What concerning social perception, the zoo in the promotion of environmental education and conservation of Biodiversity in general the public.
  2. The functions assume the zoo as entity as recreation insted of conservation.
In terms of methodology and scientific study procedures, some exploratory questions have been :
  1. Why and for what people go to the zoo?
  2. What knowledge assume the visitors?
  3. What is the utility for visitors ?
The central hypothesis that has been visitors who come to the zoo do It searching entertainment and leisure. The study objectives start from knowing the social perception of the zoo. This is what lead to:
  1. Analyze the motivations and personal interests and uses that give visitors .
  2. Knowledge that analyze obtained visitors on wildlife and biodiversity conservation.
  3. Determine the level assumed on the purposes of Law 31/2003 of 27th October(art.4b ) for environmental awareness.
  4. Know the citizens' perspective on the zoo and its identification .
  5. Analyze the perspective the priorities citizens for an hypothetical restructure of the zoo.
Núria Sanahuja Morera, Animal protection in Europe: an educational objective?
This final part of my master tries to find out if the protection and defence of animals is reflected in the education laws of 6 countries: Spain, Italy, France, Germany, Austria and Great Britain, or if on the contrary, this principle is not reflected in those laws, whether education with respect to animals is subject to the action of social agents.
For this research I started from one hypotheses:
The leaders of the different countries of the European Union have little or no interest in protecting animals and do not see the need to include in law, the establishment of the basis for developing a consciousness that allows protecting animals.
To test these two assumptions I have made an analysis of the different educational laws and educational curricula of the 6 countries mentioned above as well as an investigation of different animal protection associations operating in each country to learn how they address this non-formal education.
With the results of these two lines of research I have come to conclusions and from those to recommendations or strategies.

Mag.iur. Martina Pluda, LLB.oec.
Coordination of Communication
Master in Animal Law and Society

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Dr. Alessandro Cozzi y Miriam Marcet Rius
Miriam Marcet Rius, Ursula Molina Ramón, Tisa Kosem, Prof.a Dr.a Marita Giménez-Candela, Dr. Alessandro Cozzi, Mag.a Núria Murlà Ribot, Núria Sanahuja Morera, Dr. Carlos Contreras
Miriam Marcet Rius, Ursula Molina Ramón, Tisa Kosem, Prof.a Dr.a Marita Giménez-Candela, Dr. Alessandro Cozzi, Mag.a Núria Murlà Ribot, Núria Sanahuja Morera, Dr. Carlos Contreras
Núria Sanahuja Morera, Ursula Molina Ramón, Miriam Marcet Rius, Tisa Kosem
Dr. Carlos Contreras
Dr. Carlos Contreras y Dr. Alessandro Cozzi
Tisa Kosem, Prof.a Dr.a Marita Giménez-Candela, Núria Sanahuja Morera, Miriam Marcet Rius, Ursula Molina Ramón
Dr. Carlos Contreras, Dr. Alessandro Cozzi y Mag.a Núria Murlà Ribot
Tisa Kosem
Dr. Alessandro Cozzi y Mag.a Núria Murlà Ribot
Miriam Marcet Rius, Ursula Molina Ramón, Tisa Kosem, Prof.a Dr.a Marita Giménez-Candela, Dr. Alessandro Cozzi, Mag.a Núria Murlà Ribot, Núria Sanahuja Morera, Dr. Carlos Contreras
Tisa Kosem y la Prof.a Dr.a Marita Giménez-Candela
Tisa Kosem y la Prof.a Dr.a Marita Giménez-Candela
Dr. Alessandro Cozzi con la Prof.a Dr.a Marita Giménez-Candela
Dr. Alessandro Cozzi con la Prof.a Dr.a Marita Giménez-Candela
Miriam Marcet Rius, Tisa Kosem, Ursula Molina Ramón
Martina Pluda, Tisa Kosem, Carlos Contreras
Miriam Marcet Rius, Tisa Kosem, Ursula Molina Ramón, Carlos Contreras
Tisa Kosem y Martina Pluda
Tisa Kosem y la Prof.a Dr.a Marita Giménez-Candela
Tisa Kosem y la Prof.a Dr.a Marita Giménez-Candela
Tisa Kosem y la Prof.a Dr.a Marita Giménez-Candela
Tisa Kosem


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