Animal Justice Accepting 2015-16 Ontario Articling Applications

Animal Justice is accepting applications for one 2015-2016 articling student. As Canada’s only animal law-focused organization, Animal Justice uses the law and legal skills to protect animals from abuse and killing. Our students have the rare opportunity to gain valuable animal law experience, contribute to a rapidly-growing field of law, and work with many of Canada’s leading animal rights lawyers on groundbreaking cases and projects. The successful applicant will work out of Animal Justice’s office in downtown Toronto. The application period will remain open until the position is filled. Due to the volume of applications, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Please contact us at info@animaljustice.ca to discuss the position.

Candidates must have interest and experience in animal advocacy, and hold a law degree prior to June 2015. The start date is flexible.

Interested applicants may send a CV and cover letter to info@animaljustice.ca.

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Animal Justice Welcomes Prominent Lawyer and Former Mayoral Candidate Ari Goldkind to Board of Advisors

TORONTO – Animal Justice—Canada’s only animal-law organization—is thrilled to welcome Ari Goldkind to its board of advisors. A respected legal expert, Ari rose to prominence during the 2014 Toronto mayoral race in which he placed fourth and garnered widespread accolades for his eloquence, intelligence and honesty.

“Animal rights is a defining moral issue of our time,” said Ari Goldkind. “Having learned first-hand from my beloved dog, Ziggy, that animals are unique, emotional individuals just like we are, I am deeply troubled by the extent to which animals in Canada are unjustly suffering at human hands. Animal Justice is poised to become an increasingly significant player in the fight for animal protection and I’m thrilled to join this powerhouse team of advocates.”

Nicholas Wright, Animal Justice’s executive director, said: “Ari Goldkind has demonstrated an unrelenting commitment to truth and justice—hallmarks of advocates for society’s most marginalized membe…

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Animal Justice Files Legal Complaint Against Maple Lodge Farms for False Advertising Following Chicken Cruelty Exposé

TORONTO – Animal Justice Canada Legislative Fund—a national non-profit animal law organization—has filed a formal legal complaint against Maple Lodge Farms, citing violations of federal consumer protection laws.

The complaint follows a hidden-camera investigation revealing disturbing and potentially illegal treatment of chickens under the care of Maple Lodge.

Through numerous written claims, Maple Lodge advertises itself as family farmers deeply committed to the “humane and respectful” treatment of chickens, stating that it complies with industry codes of practice. It also uses visual imagery of outdoor pasture and small-scale farming.

In reality, the treatment of chickens at Maple Lodge has been called “unconscionable,” “inexcusable,” and “abhorrent” by animal welfare experts. Maple Lodge operates no farms, and the half-million chickens it slaughters each working day will virtually never have seen the light of day. It was convicted of 20 animal cruelty …

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