October 2, 2018

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Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only, and should not be taken as expert advice.

For many pet owners, going out with the dog is a daily occurrence. Some animals seem to flourish in public spaces and don’t mind waiting patiently for their owners to finish eating or engaging in an activity, but others need a little training before they’re ready to go out and socialize. If your dog is older than a few years...

August 7, 2018

Five questions to ask yourself before getting a pet.

March 14, 2017

Providing an animal with physical necessities of life may not be enough to prevent legal distress.

February 27, 2017

In my last blog post I discussed how, despite the fact animals are viewed legally as property in Canada, they are receiving better representation than ever in the courts from lawyers, prosecutors, and organizations. Improved representation is resulting in convictions that may not have happened in the past. For example, people who work in the field of animal welfare or behaviour are now being called upon to testify in court with groundbreaking results. In th...

February 15, 2017

I hear a lot of people say that, if only animals were not considered mere property in Canada’s Criminal Code, but sentient beings with rights, they would be better protected or served by the courts. I cannot picture exactly how granting animals legal rights would work in court so I don’t know if it would be the ultimate solution, but I don’t think so. Removing animals from within the property section in the Criminal Code would certainly be a philosophical v...

September 18, 2016

“I do not know of any families that do not love their pets.”

~ Blaine Calkins, Member of Parliament for Red Deer—Lacombe speaking in opposition to Bill C-246, which would update Canada’s animal protection legislation

On September 28, 2016, Members of Parliament are expected to vote on whether to advance Bill C-246, the “Modernizing Animal Protections Act,” to the next stage of the parliamentary process. If MPs vote in favour of the bill, it will be forwarded...

September 14, 2016

On September 14, 2016, one of my colleagues spoke with the assistant to a Member of Parliament about Bill C-246. She was told that their office received more correspondence on Bill C-246 than on ANY other issue, to the tune of approximately 160 contacts. Clearly Canadians are passionate about seeing our government improve animal protection legislation. MPs must recognize this fact, respect the wishes of Canadians, and vote in favour of Bill C-24...

June 7, 2016

Dear friends,
I recently read an editorial about the killing of Harambe that inspired me to write this blog post. The article, entitled The Elephant in the Room for the Animal Rights Movement, opened with this statement: "The killing of the gorilla Harambe is sad. But in choosing between its [emphasis mine] life and that of a human child, the choice was obvious." Well, perhaps the choice was obvious to some, but I don’t think it was to everyone, as evidence...

June 2, 2016

Dear friends,

The case of Kello the German Shepherd has resulted in a landmark ruling from a quasi-judicial body in British Columbia called the BC Farm Industry Review Board. The Farm Industry Review Board is the body to which appeals are made by people who have had their animals seized by the British Columbia SPCA. In this case, Mr. Tarmo Viitre appealed to have his dog Kello returned to him. The Board refused to relinquish Kello to his owner “over concerns...

May 15, 2016


On Monday, May 9, Member of Parliament Nathaniel Erskine-Smith's private member's bill to modernize animal protection legislation, Bill C-246, had second reading in the House of Commons. The debate contained some surprises. Not surprising were the Members of Parliament who, despite what MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith said about the purpose of the bill in his eloquent and passionate opening speech, continued to suggest that the Bill would criminalize hunting, f...

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