About Noël Sweeney
Noël Sweeney is a practising barrister who specialises in criminal law and human rights and animal law. He has lectured widely on those subjects and written on all aspects of the legal status of animals. He is a member of the Association of Lawyers for Animal Welfare and the Animal Welfare Science Ethics and Law Veterinary Association.More about Noël
Duggie is a bad bad Dog: the new existential animal rights book for children.
Edith, the volunteer at the animal sanctuary told the family that adopted Duggie:
“All rescued dogs have problems. Duggie is no different. It is as if they know they are edging towards death, yet always hoping that the next visitor will save them. Their problems start with people like Kelly who abuse them. So always treat Duggie with care and kindness. He’ll repay you in diamonds with a lasting loyalty.”
That remained true until the day Maggie and Dave arrived home and found their son, Benny, bleeding from a dog bite.
Dave and Maggie reported their pet dog to the police. Later the family took Duggie to the Crown Court. The Judge decided Duggie is a ‘dangerous’ dog and sentenced him to death.
Duggie is due to die the next day at Noon. He is arrested and placed in a prison cell to await his fate.
Duggie cannot reveal the secret that could save his life…
Imagine being convicted as a common canine criminal and then sentenced to death while believing all you are guilty of is innocence: Duggie is a bad bad Dog. [tbp: 11/11/15]
March 15, 2016
1. Suffering: The present definition of ‘suffering’ means physical or mental suffering and related expressions shall be construed accordingly under section 62(1) is inadequate and vague. For it is potentially wide yet actually narrow by restricting the suffering to ‘related expressions’. The result is neither the Court nor the Expert nor the Prosecution are sure […]Read more
For Pete’s Sake
December 6, 2015
Over three decades ago I made a New Year’s Resolution to try to be less selfish. So for a year I was a volunteer at St. Mary’s Hospice. The Hospice, in a Somerset country lane on the outskirts of the noisy city, was a place for those seeking comfort in a confusing world. Each day […]Read more
The Vanished legal rights of Animal Criminals
Given the well-established connection between abuse of animals and violence to people where a boy grows up and graduates from hurting animals to become a man who assaults vulnerable women and children, each deserve legal protection from the perpetrators. So an Animal Abuser Register, similar to the Sex Offenders Register, should be introduced to protect […]Read more