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ISBN: 9781552213827-05

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The Canadian Seal Hunt as Seen in Fraser’s Mirror

From: Canadian Perspectives on Animals and the Law


Examination of commercial exploitation of animals illustrated by the example of the Canadian seal hunt.


Leslie Bisgould

Lesli Bisgould established Canada’s first animal rights law practice, in which she acted for individuals and organizations for ten years in a variety of animal-related cases. Lesli is an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, where she teaches a course on animals and the law. She has lectured widely on animal rights law across Canada, the United States, and Australia, and she is a frequent media commentator on the subject. In 2012, she was the international law lecturer for the Australian animal protection institute Voiceless, where she compared the commercial hunt for seals in Canada to that of kangaroos in Australia. She is the author of Animals and the Law (Irwin Law, 2011), the first Canadian law text on the subject. Lesli currently works mainly in the areas of human rights and poverty law, and is the barrister at Legal Aid Ontario’s Clinic Resource Office.

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.