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Canadian Perspectives on Animals and the Law

Canadian Perspectives on Animals and the Law provides an important new contribution to the debate on the legal status and treatment of animals in Canada. Twelve chapters by leading academics and practising lawyers address a range of doctrinal and conceptual questions, situating legal analysis in the broader context of ethical and philosophical debate about justice in human-animal relationships. Topics addressed include the Ikea monkey case, key shortcomings in Canada’s animal cruelty law, the relationship between animal rights and the rights of Canada’s indigenous peoples, and the emergence of animal protection in international law. This volume should be invaluable for scholars, practitioners and students eager to explore these matters in greater depth, and an excellent resource for law school courses on animals and the law.


Peter Sankoff

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.

Vaughan Black

Vaughan Black (LLB, Toronto; LLM, Berkeley) is a professor at the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University, where he has taught for more than thirty years. During that time he has also been the Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Transborder Studies at Arizona State University, a visiting scholar at the UCLA School of Law, a visiting professor at the University of Auckland, the James Lewtas Visiting Professor of Law at Osgoode Hall Law School (twice), a lecturer at The Hague Academy of International Law, and the Walter Owen Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Law at the University of British Columbia. He has served as editor-in-chief of the Dalhousie Law Journal and associate editor of the Canadian Business Law Journal. In addition to numerous law review articles, he has in recent years written Statutory Jurisdiction: The Court Jurisdiction and Proceedings Transfer Act (with Stephen Pitel and Michael Sobkin) (Carswell, 2012) and Foreign Currency Claims in the Conflict of Laws (Hart, 2010).

Katie Sykes

Katie Sykes (JD, Toronto; LLM, Harvard; LLM, Dalhousie) is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Law, Thompson Rivers University, and a JSD candidate at the Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University. From 2002 to 2003, she served as law clerk to the Honorable Justice Louis LeBel of the Supreme Court of Canada, and from 2004 to 2010, she was an associate in the New York office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP. She has published on animal law and international law issues in leading journals, including the World Trade Review, the Canadian Yearbook of International Law, and the Animal Law Review.

Chapter Title Contents Contributors Pages Year Price


Examination of changes in the law with respect to the treatment of animals. ; ; 8 $0.80


Examination of arguments for implementing strong legal protections for non-human animals. 19 $1.90


Argument that Canadian criminal law against animal cruelty can apply to factory farming to improve the lives of farm animals. 24 $2.40


Examination of the system of regulating animal welfare through administrative penalties rather than by the criminal law. 23 $2.30


Exploration of how Canadian common law constructs the concept of wild animals, particularly from the viewpoint of exotic pets. 22 $2.20


Examination of commercial exploitation of animals illustrated by the example of the Canadian seal hunt. ; 28 $2.80


Examination of the capacity of Canada’s municipal governments to promote animal welfare and conservation through the use of by-laws. ; 24 $2.40


Exposition of a strategy of engagement to address conflicts between animal rights and aboriginal rights. ; 28 $2.80


Examination of the limits of Canadian law on the understanding of the relationship between animals and the legal rights of Indigenous peoples. 22 $2.20


Examination of the emergence of a new perspective on animals in international law. ; ; 28 $2.80


Exploration of the role that charities law might be able to play in promoting animal welfare. ; 37 $3.70


Exploration of the potential to challenge misleading product claims using false advertising laws. 30 $3.00


Exploration of the role that private prosecutions might be able to play in promoting animal welfare. ; 26 $2.60