May 11, 2018
Animal cruelty cases and lawsuits are making major headlines this month, so hosts Camille Labchuk and Peter Sankoff break down all the latest news in Episode 9 of the Paw & Order podcast.
Animal cruelty is notoriously under-prosecuted, but even when there is a successful conviction, the outcome isn’t always ideal. Learn about a man convicted of animal offences in Saskatchewan who packed up, moved to B.C. and just had dozens of dogs seized once again. The hosts also discuss an Alberta breeder who is awaiting trial on animal cruelty charges, yet is allowed to carry on with his breeding business in the meantime because he wasn’t subject to bail restrictions. Meanwhile, a Nova Scotia woman starved a bunny rabbit to death and a PEI man severely neglected 10 dogs (five had to be euthanized), but they each received only a short ban on animal ownership, and got to keep other animals already in their possession. Switching gears to south of the border, the hosts fill you in on a groundbreaking lawsuit in Oregon where a neglected horse named Justice is suing his abuser for damages.
Plus, learn about Peter’s nomination as one of Canada’s Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers, a new cat declawing ban in B.C., an amazing new decision from the New York Court of Appeals in a Nonhuman Rights Project case, a new reality television show featuring our friends at the Montreal SPCA, and how veterinarian Dr. Rekhi escaped punishment for illegal animal abuse and went straight back to work.
Finally, the legal team at Ecojustice gets kudos for representing us in a case to protect at-risk species in Ontario, and a Member of Parliament gets called out for trying to make the case (unsuccessfully!) that eating cows is good for the environment.
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To DJ Quads for our intro, transition and outro music.
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