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Anita Krajnc Trial – Part 2: The Definition of Mischief (10mins)

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In this video blog, which follows up on my lengthier analysis of the charges against activist Anita Krajnc, who gave water to a pig in transport, I assess whether the particularized charge against her – interfering with the enjoyment of the pig – can be established. If you enjoyed this post, do me a favour and share!TwitterFacebookGoogle+LinkedinTumblremail

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Anita Kranjc Trial: Mischief for Giving Pigs Water? (20mins)

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The Anita Kranjc trial is underway, and it has already raised a host of good legal questions.  I explore them in this video blog.  What is she being charged with? What will the Crown need to prove? Does she have any possible defences? If you enjoyed this post, do me a favour and share!TwitterFacebookGoogle+LinkedinTumblremail

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R vs DLW and the Crime of Bestiality (15mins)

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This video looks at the Supreme Court’s recent decision in R v DLW, released in June 2016, which defined the offence of bestiality. In the blog, I spend the first half addressed the Court’s interpretative approach to criminal law statutes.  In the second, I explain why I think the case is so positive for animal advocates. If you enjoyed this …

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Bill C-246: Amendments to Canada’s Cruelty to Animals Provision (35mins)

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In this video blog, I address some recent critique of Bill C-246, which aims to amend the animal cruelty provisions in the Criminal Code. The critique was written by Robert Sopuck, MP. In this video blog, I explain why the majority of criticisms don’t actually hold up to critical examination. In fact, many of them are downright preposterous. If you …

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Animals as Property in Criminal Cases – Part 2 (11mins)

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In a follow-up to yesterday’s video blog, I concentrate on the Ontario legislation that is at the heart of the decision to euthanize 21 dogs seized in a dog fighting ring.  Long story short: the law puts humane societies in a tough spot. We need better laws to make seizure a more palatable proposition, and allow the interests of animals …

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Animals as Property in the Criminal Process (10mins)

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In a recent case out of Ontario, the OSPCA has seized 23 dogs from a dog fighting ring and is now seeking a judicial order trying to have them all euthanized. Why would the OSPCA do this, especially when a number of dog rescue organizations have come forward volunteering to take the dogs and place them in homes outside of …

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PEI’s Ban on Cosmetic Surgery for Animals (12mins)

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In this video blog, I discuss PEI’s recent decision to ban cosmetic surgery (think tail docking or ear cropping) for animals and its broader ramifications for our conception of what it means to harm an animal “unnecessarily” If you enjoyed this post, do me a favour and share!TwitterFacebookGoogle+LinkedinTumblremail

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Animal Justice’s Intervention at the Supreme Court (12mins)

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Next week, I am going to the Supreme Court as counsel for Animal Justice in a case that will decide the scope of the bestiality offence (s 160 of the Criminal Code).  In this blog, I outline why the case is important and summarize the Animal Justice arguments from our factum. If you enjoyed this post, do me a favour …

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