Animal Justice Represents Animals in Supreme Court Case on Public Interest Standing

Animal Justice just gave animal a voice at the Supreme Court of Canada, in an important case on public interest standing. The case could set a precedent for when and how animals and advocacy organizations can bring cases before the court to help end animal suffering. Legal standing is critically important in the Canadian justice... Read more » Animal Justice
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Animal Justice Granted Intervenor Status in Supreme Court Case on Public Interest Standing

Animal Justice has been granted leave to intervene in a Supreme Court of Canada case could affect how animals and animal advocates access the justice system. In order for a case to be heard in court, an individual or organization must first be granted “standing”. Private interest standing can be obtained when a case directly... Read more » Animal Justice
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Government (Finally) Moves to Close Bestiality Loophole

After a courtroom showdown and years of advocacy by Animal Justice, the federal government finally introduced legislation today to close Canada’s bestiality loophole. The new law also strengthens animal fighting offences. Animal Justice welcomes this news, but believes it is still not enough. The legislation still fails to deliver more comprehensive reform to Canada’s outdated animal cruelty laws.

Over two years ago, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that most forms of bestiality are not illegal under existing animal cruelty laws. Animal Justice intervened in the case to fight bestiality, and urged the federal government to take immediate action to update the laws once the shocking decision was released.

Yet it took years to see action. In 2016, the Liberal government killed a bill introduced by Liberal MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith that would have updated Canada’s archaic animal cruelty laws and addressed bestiality. The public was outraged, and…

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