dA. Derecho Animal (Forum of Animal Law Studies)
The latest issue of the ICALP journal (https://revistes.uab.es/da) is published, coinciding with the latest reform of the legal status of animals in Spain that we all espected (https://derechoanimal.info/en/activities/chronicles/de-objectification-animals-already-reality-civil-code-considers-them-be).
After more than a decade of work and research led by the ICALP, together with other associations, animals have ceased to be considered "things" in the Spanish Civil Code and are now recognized as "living beings endowed with sensitivity".
This fundamental step in the fight for the defense of animals has also been promoted by several civil sectors, Catalan society being one of those which has placed the protection of animals as one of its priority objectives. The founder and director of the journal, Professor Marita Giménez-Candela, analyzes the relations and similarities between France and Catalonia with the aim of marking a starting point for a close collaboration between them (https://revistes.uab.cat/da/article/view/v12-n3-gimenez-candela).
In this last issue of the journal, we find investigations and studies that maintain a certain relation with this latest legal reform in Spain. Among them, the one elaborated by Israel González Marino, Carmen Gloria Covarrubias and Hedy Acosta Antognoni on the scale of perceptions about the legal status attributed to non-human animals (https://revistes.uab.cat/da/article/view/v12-n3-marino-covarruvias-acosta) , as well as the reflection of Israel González Marino and Katherine Becerra Valdivia on the consideration of non-human animals as members of our state communities, reviewing the concept of constitution and its role in relation to peace as the ultimate goal of Law (https://revistes.uab.cat/da/article/view/v12-n3-marino-becerra). With a more international projection, Lihong Gao and Da Su have demonstrated how, in ancient China, something similar to what we currently know as "animal welfare", had already been codified under the form of a series of legal systems with specific rules for horses (https://revistes.uab.cat/da/article/view/v12-n3-gao-su).
Within the contents of this last issue, the lawyer of the Universidad del Rosario (Bogotá, Colombia), Juan Diego Valdés, is in charge of studying the concept of sentience and its implications, in a general way, and then doing it from the legal point of view, an analysis that coincides precisely with this latest legislative reform in Spain (https://revistes.uab.cat/da/article/view/v12-n3-valdes ). We can also read the analysis of the head of the Instagram account of the Animal Law Section of the Florida Bar Association and collaborator of the Tierschutzbund-Zurich, Rosa María Cajiga, on the weak US and international legislation that aims to protect sharks against the finning and trade of shark fins in the world, using the Kristin Jacobs Ocean Conservation Act as a case study (https://revistes.uab.cat/da/article/view/v12-n3-cajiga).
In addition to these studies, in the last issue we can read the commentary, written by Roser Martínez (Autonomous University of Barcelona) of a judgment on the compatibility between traditional hunting activity and the conservation of wild birds according to the Court of Justice of the European Union (https://revistes.uab.cat/da/article/view/v12-n3-martinez).
The vol. 12/3 (2021) of dA. Derecho Animal (Forum of Animal Law Studies) of the ICALP closes with two reviews on the latest editions of Tirant lo Blanch in relation to animal law. The professor of criminal law at the University of Valencia, Vicenta Cervelló Donderis, analyzes "The crimes of mistreatment in Spain" by Eduardo Olmedo de la Calle (https://revistes.uab.cat/da/article/view/v12-n3-cervello), while the Italian philosopher Carlo Salzani discusses about "The foundations of animal rights" by Rosa María de la Torre Torres (https://revistes.uab.cat/da/article/view/v12-n3-salzani).
With great enthusiasm after this legal impulse in favor of animals, the Direction and editorial staff of the ICALP journal would like to thank all the academics and professionals for having contributed with their work and research to continue advancing in the defense and protection of animals in Spain and in the world.