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

Crónica del acta de defensa del Máster en Derecho Animal y Sociedad – Tercera Edición

* Tisa Kosem

On the 12th of September 2014, first two students of the third edition of Master in Animal law and Society, Elizabeth Montero Romero (Mexico) and Marion Bergère (France) have defended their master’s thesis. Presentation of the thesis took a place in Sala de Grados in Universidad Autònoma de Barcelona. Members of the tribunal, Dr. Jose Antonio Jimenez-Buendia (president), Dr. Carlos Andres Lopez Contreras and Mrs. Cristina Becares have presented comments, questions and opinions regarding Master’s thesis of both students and at the end concluded, that master’s thesis of Elizabeth Montero Romero, directed by Prof. Dr. Gimenez-Candela with a title “Animals in Mexican Federal and State legislation” and master’s thesis of Marion Bergère, directed by Prof. Dr. Jean- Pierre Marguenaud, titled “Animals in the movie industry” have presented outstanding academic level of and were graded with “excellente”.
Congratulations to Professor Dr. Gimenez-Candela and to Professor Dr. Jean- Pierre Marguenaud for excellent guidance and congratulation to the both “maestradas de derecho animal”, Elizabeth Montero Romero and Marion Bergère.


Marion Bergère, France, “Animals in the movie industry”
The evolution of the seventh art is often representative of evolution in society; the cinema often followed the social, historical and political movements of its time. The XXI century is marked by, among others, the animal welfare and animal rights movements which want to raise the status of animals in our society by granting rights to them. The fields of art always benefited from a kind of immunity to these changes in the name of artistic liberty. However, it had to adapt itself to new demands of this time period in terms of animal welfare.
Besides, the cinema is the most popular and accessible art, so it can to speak and touch to every social class. Thus, the values which the cinema delivers are representative of the general societal state of mind, but they also have to carry society along the way of a certain moral progress. Based on the sciences of law and visual sociology, we tried to determine the place of the Animal in the cinematic arts, from their physical conditions on the set to how they are represented behind the screen.

Elizabeth Montero Romero, Mexico, “Animals in Mexican Federal and State legislation”
Legislation concerning animals in Mexico has been improved through various laws. In the master’s thesis (TFM)is presented an approach and a general current focus of the legislation such in the federal level as the state level existing legislation concerning the animals in the country of Mexico. Also, TFM refers to the historical and cultural background relating to the first laws that directly or indirectly influenced the current legislation. Finally the issue of animal circuses in Mexico derived this topic has given much to discuss is exposed in referred paper.

* Tisa Kosem, Federation of Veterinarians of Europe, Brussels - Belgium, Bachelor in Political Science - European Studies at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, Master in Animal Law and Society at Universidad Autònoma de Barcelona – Spain, Legal rapporteur for

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