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Courtroom Therapy Dogs (10mins)

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In this video blog, I take a look at three recent cases which are Canada’s first efforts to permit therapy dogs into the courtroom. I then discuss why this is such a great idea, even if the legal reasoning in these cases could be criticized. If you enjoyed this post, do me a favour and share!TwitterFacebookGoogle+LinkedinTumblremail

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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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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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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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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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