Mission

Animal Justice leads the legal fight for animals in Canada. Our lawyers work to pass strong new animal protection legislation, push for the prosecution of animal abusers, and fight for animals in court.

Positions

Camille Labchuk, BA, JD
Executive Director

Camille is one of Canada’s leading animal rights lawyers, and has worked to protect animals for over a decade. As a lawyer, Camille seeks out cases that enhance the legal interests of animals, expose hidden animal suffering, and result in meaningful policy changes. As an advocate, Camille’s work includes documenting the commercial seal kill on Canada’s East Coast, exposing cruelty in farming, protecting the free speech rights of animal advocates, and campaigns against trophy hunting, circuses, zoos, aquariums, shark finning, puppy mills, and more. Camille is a graduate of the University of Toronto Faculty of Law and Mount Allison University. She is a frequent lecturer and media commentator on animal law issues. Camille shares her Ottawa home with a cat named Sadie.

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Nicholas dePencier Wright, BA, JD, MBA
Founder & Chair of the Board

Nick is a Toronto business lawyer and political campaigner. Founder of Animal Justice, he has been actively involved in animal issues for over 15 years and has worked on a wide range of campaigns at all levels of government. Nick has documented the East Coast commercial seal slaughter, participated in Canada’s largest puppy mill raid and was a founder of the Ontario Bar Association Animal Law Section.

Anna Pippus, BA, JD
Director of Farmed Animal Advocacy

Upwards of 750 million farmed animals are killed each year in Canada, making them the largest population of animals under human care. Anna specializes in issues related to farmed animal law, policy, and advocacy, holding degrees in law from the University of Toronto and psychology from the University of British Columbia. Her efforts have contributed to groundbreaking animal cruelty charges and raids, policy reform, and individual behaviour changes that benefit animals. She frequently speaks and writes about farmed animal and animal rights law issues. Anna is a mother of two.

Kimberly Carroll
Kimberly Carroll, BAA (Radio & Television Arts)
Communications Strategist

Kimberly brings her extensive media background as a television host and producer and her strategic skills as a personal development expert to advocating for animal protection. She helped found Mercy For Animals Canada, co-created the “Why Love One But Eat The Other?” transit ad campaigns that ran across the country, and has been a spokesperson and board member for various animal rights and veg advocacy groups in Canada. Kimberly grew up in Brandon, Manitoba and now lives in Toronto.

Board of Advisers

Vaughan Black
Vaughan Black, BA, MA, LLB, LLM

Vaughan is a law professor at the Dalhousie University Schulich School of Law in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he teaches Tort Law, Judicial Remedies, and of course, Animals and the Law. His current research focuses on the regulation of transportation of animals from farm to slaughterhouse.

Katie Sykes
Katie Sykes JD, LLM, LLM, JSD (Candidate)

Katie is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Law at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, British Columbia and a candidate in the doctorate of law JSD program at the Dalhousie Schulich School of Law in Halifax, Nova Scotia. With Peter Sankoff and Vaughan Black, she is co-editor of Canadian Perspectives on Animals and the Law (Irwin, 2015). She has also published numerous academic articles on animal and wildlife law. Katie attended the University of Toronto Faculty of Law and subsequently clerked for Mr. Justice LeBel of the Supreme Court of Canada, earned an LLM from Harvard Law School, and practiced at a leading law firm in New York before returning to academic law in 2010.

 

Peter Sankoff
Peter Sankoff, JD, LLM

Peter is a Professor at the University of Alberta, Faculty of Law. He specializes in animal law, criminal law and the law of evidence. He is the author or editor of five books, including Animal Law in Australasia: A New Dialogue, the first book ever published in the Southern Hemisphere to focus exclusively on animal law issues. Peter has also taught an advanced animal law course entitled Comparative Concepts in Animal Protection Law at Lewis and Clark College of Law. From 2001-2005, he was the Director of the Animal Rights Legal Advocacy Network, a group of lawyers working on animal-related issues in New Zealand.

 

Angela Fernandez
Angela Fernandez, B.A., M.A., LL.B., B.C.L., LL.M., J.S.D.

Angela is an Associate Professor of Law cross-appointed in the Department of History at the University of Toronto (UofT). She clerked for the Supreme Court of Canada and received her graduate training at Yale Law School after completing her law degrees (LL.B. and B.C.L.) at McGill University in the year 2000. She runs an interdisciplinary group, Animals in the Law and Humanities, sponsored by the Jackman Humanities Institute. She has completed a book manuscript for Cambridge University Press on an (in)famous foxhunting case Pierson v. Post and is working on a book about a Supreme Court of Canada out-of-bounds fishing case for University of British Columbia Press (Frederick Gerring Jr. v. R), as well as a monograph on the history and future of animal law tentatively entitled Nonhuman Animals: Not Quite Property, Not Quite Persons.

 

Elizabeth Schoales, BA, MA, PhD, LLB (Candidate)

A former professor of history, Elizabeth is now devoted full time to animal issues. She has participated in a number of federal, provincial and municipal campaigns to improve animal protection legislation, and has served on the boards of several animal welfare charities. She resides in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island and is currently pursuing a law degree with the University of London International Programmes, allowing her to examine how more progressive animal legislation in the EU may be applied to a Canadian context.

 

Rebeka Breder
Rebeka Breder, BA, LLB

Rebeka practises animal law at Breder Law in Vancouver, British Columbia, where she acts exclusively in cases that advance the rights and interests of animals. She is the founder and current Chair of the Canadian Bar Association – British Columbia Branch, Animal Law Section, sits on the board of the Vancouver Humane Society, and is a frequent media commentator on animal law issues.

 

Ari Goldkind
Ari Goldkind, BA, LLB

Ari Goldkind is a passionate advocate both for the City of Toronto and for his clients as an experienced criminal defense lawyer. Ari recently placed fourth in Toronto’s 2014 Mayoral race, fueled by his commitment to truth, innovative ideas and dealing in facts and evidence. Ari is a passionate speaker and political commentator, regularly appears in the media and in front of large groups to speak about a variety of topics as a legal expert. He cares deeply about the well-being and safety of animals – it is the issue closest to his heart. Ziggy, his 13.5 year old black lab mix is like a child to Ari, and the love of his life. Read their touching story.

 

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Suzana Gartner, BA, JD, LLM (ADR)

Suzana is committed to enhancing animal welfare and has been dedicated to this cause since childhood. She completed her Master of laws degree at Osgoode in 2013, wrote her LL.M. thesis on reducing euthanasia in city shelters, and has advocated and lobbied for legislative and policy reform for shelter animals for years. Suzana established Gartner Animal Law & Associates, the first law firm and mediation practice in Canada, exclusively dedicated to animal law matters. She serves on the Ontario Bar Association’s Animal Law Section.

 

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Lesley Fox

Lesley has been involved in the non-profit sector for over a decade. She is a certified Humane Education Specialist through the National Association for Humane and Environmental Education (NAHEE), and graduated with honours from the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) in Public Relations, Marketing Communications and Non-Profit Management. Her recent achievements include lobbying various municipalities to adopt anti-fur trapping bylaws and working with the BC Ministry of Education to have animal issues included in school curriculum. Lesley is the Executive Director for the Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals.

Alumni Advisors

Zeynep Graves
Zeynep Graves, BA, JD

Zeynep started in Animal Law while articling at Animal Justice in 2012/2013. Zeynep is currently legal counsel with the PETA Foundation in Los Angeles, California. Her past work as investigative counsel for Last Chance for Animals helped expose hidden animal suffering, and led to groundbreaking animal cruelty charges in Ontario. Zeynep holds a law degree from Dalhousie University, and is a member of the California and Ontario bars.

Neva Novakovic
Neva Marie Novakovic, BA, LLB

Neva studied English and Philosophy at McMaster University prior to completing a law degree at the University of Sydney, Australia in 2011. Neva articled with Animal Justice in 2013-2014, and now practices law in Hamilton, Ontario. In addition to her work with Animal Justice, Neva is Chair of the Ontario Bar Association Animal Law Section.

Stefanie Stamm
Stefanie Stamm, BA, JD

Stefanie lives in Calgary, Alberta and practices law with HD Law Group. Stefanie holds degrees in Criminal Justice from Mount Royal University, and law from the University of Ottawa. Stefanie articled with Animal Justice in 2014-2015. Stefanie has written extensively on the use of animals in testing and lab facilities, and is a past volunteer with the Calgary Humane Society.

Sarah Ure
Sarah Ure, BA, JD

Sarah is from Calgary and now makes her home in Lethbridge, where she practices criminal defence law at Dietrich & White Law Office. Sarah holds undergraduate degrees in Psychology and English, and a law degree from the University of Victoria where she was an active member of the student animal law club. Sarah articled with Animal Justice in 2014-2015. Her family includes five dogs and one cat (who thinks he’s a dog).