This new project is something I have been working on for the past few years.

It has one primary objective: to explain to the Canadian public why our existing animal protection law is a failure.

This is no easy task. Our animal cruelty law is complex and at times contradictory.

But understanding why this law fails to protect animals from harm is critical to making a difference in future.

Looking at case examples, legislative action and media reports of animal cruelty, I hope to carefully dissect twelve major “stress” points that cause animal protection law to be ineffective.

If you’ve ever wondered why so many animal cruelty cases end with such unsatisfying results, this project should interest you.

I hope to update this page with more detail about the project as the research develops.  If you are interested in being kept informed about it, send me an email at psankoff at and I will keep you posted, or bookmark this page and check back in.

Photos with permission, Jo-Anne McArthur,

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