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Paw & Order

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Canada’s first-ever animal law podcast

In January, in conjunction with Animal Justice, I began a new initiative – the Paw and Order podcast. Recorded with my co-host Camille Labchuk, this bi-weekly podcast explores all sorts of animal law issues, with the goal of shining a light on what’s wrong with animal cruelty in Canada.Every podcast explores a special topic of interest, and early episodes have focused upon federalism, whales in captivity and the perils of dog breeding. But there’s more! Each episode, we examine animal law news of interest and take questions from our listeners, trying to explain why animal laws fail our animals so badly. And no episode is complete without our rendition of Heroes and Zeroes, a chance to honour those who are doing great things for animals, while giving those who are failing them the dishonour they deserve.

For more information about Paw and Order, or to pose a question for our Q&A segment, contact me or send an email to Animal Justice, at

View Animal Justice’s podcast page.

Episode 1

Peter Sankoff and Camille Labchuk, two of Canada’s leading animal lawyers, explain why they decided to launch the podcast, and answer listener questions.

Episode 2

Hosts Peter Sankoff and Camille Labchuk dive into an important topic in animal law: Federalism. In other words, how does the division of powers between federal and provincial governments affect animals? Unlike many other countries, Canada has no national animal welfare legislation. Here’s your chance to understand why that is, and why it’s such a serious problem. But that’s not all! The hosts also discuss Camille’s new cat, a guilty plea in the biggest animal cruelty case in Canadian history, and a Dutch police force dedicated to protecting animals.

Episode 3

This special Q&A show was recorded live from Peter’s animal law class at the University of Alberta in January, during Camille’s visit to Edmonton. The hosts answer students’ questions about animal law, ranging from whether litigation or legislation is the best way to advance animal law; which countries have strong laws protecting animals; how to end the commercial seal kill; why animal law enforcement in Canada leaves much to be desired; how to force industries to take steps to improve animal protections; and how to build a broad coalition of citizens supporting better animal laws.

Episode 4

Hosts Peter Sankoff and Camille Labchuk do a deep dive (pun intended!) into the legal efforts to rescue these smart, sensitive animals from tiny concrete tanks. This has been a major focus for animal advocates in Canada, and real progress has been made. The hosts also discuss Alberta’s new ban on spears in big game hunting, the U.K. Labour Party’s animal welfare plan, the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s National Justice for Animals Week, and the tragic death of Molly the pot-bellied pig, adopted from the SPCA only to be killed and eaten by her new family.