What Does Brexit Mean for Animals in Canada?

By Elizabeth Schoales, BA, MA, PhD, LLB (candidate).

Last month a slim majority of British citizens voted for the UK to leave the European Union. It’s impossible to predict what’s going to unfold but if this happens it will affect animals, both in Britain and elsewhere. What we can do for animals in Canada at this stage is to be aware of the situation and the possible consequences.

Animal law and the EU

As one of 28 Member States, the UK is subject to EU law, which regulates cross-border trade and commerce. Laws related to animals are premised on Article 13 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU), acknowledging that animals are sentient beings, and requiring Member States to give full regard to their welfare requirements. This informs all EU Treaties, Regulations and Directives, which cover various areas such as rearing, slaughter and transportation of farm animals, product labelling as it relates to welfare, importation of endanger…

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Company Sues Slaughterhouse For Selling Cancer-Containing Meat

A meat brand is suing a slaughtering facility for supplying it with meat from an animal who had cancer. The lawsuit claims damages of $725,867.

The slaughterhouse had previously had its licence suspended for lacking food safety controls.

Canada’s meat industry is largely unregulated. For most of the animals lives, there are no species- or sector-specific standards relating to their treatment, and no oversight, accountability, or transparency. Consumers are in the dark about what animals endure inside modern farms with only industry-created marketing materials to fill the knowledge gap.

Animal Justice is calling for a regulatory system that takes rule-making power out of the hands of those who stand to profit from using–or abusing–animals.

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Why the Supreme Court Bestiality Decision Is Actually Good For Animal Law

By Camille Labchuk, Executive Director of Animal Justice. 

The Supreme Court of Canada sent shock waves around the world last week when it ruled in the case of R. v. D.L.W. that most forms of bestiality are legal in Canada. According to the judges, sexually abusing animals is only a crime if the abuse involves intercourse.

Many people were deeply disappointed by the outcome. Animal Justice intervened in the disturbing court case last November to speak up for animals and make sure the Court heard why protecting them matters. Like you, we wish the Court had ruled that all sexual touching of animals must be illegal.

But apart from the outcome, nearly everything else about the D.L.W. case is good news. Many parts of the decision are extremely positive for animals and the field of animal law, and we know that Animal Justice made a huge difference by intervening. Let’s break down the decision and take a closer look.

First, it was a split decision.…

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