In Episode 6 of Paw & Order, hosts Camille Labchuk and Peter Sankoff tackle the topic of false advertising, and how animal lawyers use consumer protection laws creatively to expose and combat animal suffering. The hosts explain a recent case of Big Dairy getting away with misleading milk marketing ads disguised as health information (scroll down to see the transit ads discussed on the show). Learn why Animal Justice filed false advertising complaints against jacket company Canada Goose over its so-called “humane” use of coyote fur, chicken slaughter company Maple Lodge Farms for misleading consumers about abusing chickens, and accessories retailer Ardene for mislabelling real fur as “faux”.
Plus, the hosts talk about Peter’s Globe and Mail op ed with law professor Jodi Lazare on a recent high-profile pet custody case, how the Ontario budget falls short on funding animal protection, and whether lobsters count as “animals” under Canada’s outdated criminal animal cruelty laws. (Thanks to aquatic animal expert Dr. Jonathan Balcombe for writing in about lobsters!)
The hosts also praise Nova Scotia for banning cat declawing, but take note: The Nova Scotia Veterinary Medical Association banned its members from declawing cats by updating its Code of Ethics to prohibit the practice. The ban wasn’t imposed by the Nova Scotia government, as is suggested on the show, so it’s not in any provincial statute.
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To our producer, Shannon Milling.
To Kevin Lacroix for the podcast logo and for the musical sting in our podcast intro.
To DJ Quads for our intro, transition and outro music.
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