Bringing Animal Abusers to Justice Independently
Private Prosecutions and the Enforcement of Canadian Animal Protection Legislation
Exploration of the role that private prosecutions might be able to play in promoting animal welfare.
Sophie Gaillard is the lawyer and campaigns manager for the Montreal SPCA’s animal advocacy department. She joined the Montreal SPCA in September 2013, after graduating from the Faculty of Law at McGill University and articling at the Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions office in Montreal. Throughout law school, Sophie was actively involved in McGill’s Student Animal Legal Defense Fund chapter. She also interned at a number of animal protection organizations, including the Animal Legal Defense Fund and Animal Justice Canada. In her role as lawyer and campaigns manager for the animal advocacy department, Sophie works closely with the Montreal SPCA’s cruelty investigations department, providing inspectors with legal guidance, as well as acting as a liaison for prosecutors and law enforcement.
Peter Sankoff is a Professor at the University of Alberta, Faculty of Law who specializes in animal law, criminal law, and the law of evidence. He is the author or editor of six books, including Animal Law in Australasia: A New Dialogue (Federation Press, 2009) and Animal Law in Australasia: Continuing the Dialogue (Federation Press, 2013). Peter has taught a course on Animals and the Law since 2006, and has also taught the subject as an invited visiting professor at Haifa University in Israel, the University of Melbourne in Australia, Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon, and the University of Western Ontario. Peter currently sits on the board of advisors of Animal Justice Canada, a group of Canadian legal advocates working on animal law issues, and is also on the editorial board of the Journal of Animal Law and Natural Resources and the Global Journal of Animal Law. In 2008, while teaching at the University of Auckland, he was the recipient of an Assisi Award from the New Zealand Companion Animal Council for his contributions to animal welfare in New Zealand.