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Charities, Animals, and Social Change

Charting a More Charitable Approach to Animal Advocacy

From: Canadian Perspectives on Animals and the Law


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



Maneesha Deckha

Maneesha Deckha (BA, McGill; LLB, Toronto; LLM, Columbia) is associate professor of law at the University of Victoria. Her research interests include critical animal law, post-colonial feminist theory, health law, and bioethics. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including the McGill Law Journal, the Harvard Journal of Law & Gender, Hypatia, the Medical Law Review, and Sexualities. She has received grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. In 2006, her seminar on Animals, Culture and the Law received the US Humane Society’s Animal and Society New Course Award. In 2008, she held the Fulbright Visiting Chair in Law and Society at New York University. She is currently completing a book on feminism, post-colonialism, and animal law.

Sarah Runyon

Sarah Runyon practises in the field of criminal litigation and appeals with the law firm of Marion & Company. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree at Carleton University, where she was awarded the university’s Senate Medal for outstanding academic achievement. She later obtained her law degree from the University of Victoria, where she received numerous academic accolades, including the JSD Tory Prize for both oral and written advocacy, and served as editor-in-chief of the Appeal law journal. After graduation, Sarah served as law clerk to the British Columbia Supreme Court.