Canadian animal law, simplified. Hosts Camille Labchuk, Peter Sankoff, and Jessica Scott-Reid discuss current issues in animal law, and the future of legal animal protection. Paw & Order is Canada's only animal law podcast.
#80: Exposing the Legal Wildlife Trade With Casey Bond
June 1, 2021 In Episode 80 of the Paw & Order podcast, Camille Labchuk interviews Casey Bond, the communications manager at the animal advocacy research non-profit Faunalytics, to discuss their groundbreaking new report analyzing the legal wildlife trade in the United States. This report reveals shocking discoveries, including up to $2 billion worth of ivory being... Read more »
Replacing Animal Use in Science With Dr. Charu Chandrasekera
In Episode 79 of the Paw & Order podcast, co-hosts Camille Labchuk and Jessica Scott-Reid speak with Dr. Charu Chandrasekera. Dr. Chandrasekera is the founder of the Canadian Centre for Alternatives to Animal Methods (CCAAM) at Windsor University, an internationally recognized research centre working to develop alternatives to animal testing. The interview explores why traditional animal testing is an outdated form of research that often produces poor results, why modern alternatives to animal testing focusing on human biology are more efficient, the exciting work that CCAAM is doing to develop these alternatives, and why it's time for Canada to do more to support alternatives to animal testing and to develop these lifesaving technologies.
#78: Big Animal News Stories You Need to Know About
In Episode 78 of the Paw & Order podcast, Camille Labchuk and Peter Sankoff go deep into top stories that are affecting animals right now from both Canada and across the globe. This include an exciting new announcement from the Canadian government that it will be moving away from toxicity tests on animals in an overhaul of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, Laurentian University killing about 200 innocent animals amid lab closures, two cases of a rare swine flu found in people in Manitoba, New Zealand ending the live export of animals by sea over animal welfare concerns, a Nova Scotia breeder acquitted of animal cruelty charges, Alberta ending funding for a group working to help businesses develop in the plant-based protein sector, the CFIA announcing new import rules for dogs, and the B.C. government continuing to kill wolves to “protect” caribou—when wolves aren’t even responsible for decline in caribou populations.
Exposing Egg Industry Mass Killings With Brittany Semeniuk
Episode 77 of the Paw & Order podcast is co-hosted by Jessica Scott-Reid along with a special guest co-host, Kaitlyn Mitchell, who's a staff lawyer at Animal Justice. Jessica and Kaitlyn dive into pressing news involving animals, including an animal advocate being acquitted of a criminal charge after exposing horrific conditions at an Ontario fur farm, an activist with Direct Action Everywhere in the U.S. being charged under Iowa’s new ag gag law, Kaitlyn’s interview in the Winnipeg Free Press regarding ag gag bills in Manitoba, and Animal Justice filing a cruelty complaint after 6 hens were found alive on top of a pile of thousands of dead flock mates who were dumped in a Manitoba landfill.
Vaccines, Animal Testing, & Ethics
In Episode 76 of the Paw & Order podcast, co-hosts Camille Labchuk and Jessica Scott-Reid deep dive into the ethics of getting vaccines that have been tested on animals—which is an especially hot (and rightfully sensitive) topic as we grapple with the global pandemic. They discuss why animal testing is outdated and less effective than modern alternative methods, why research animals are often unprotected by cruelty laws and deserve protection, what types of animal tests leading research companies have been doing to develop COVID-19 vaccines, what animal-derived ingredients go into these vaccines, what’s really going on with a ‘plant-based’ vaccine being developed in Canada, and why animal advocates should still consider getting vaccinated although animal testing is a requirement, so they can stay in good health, help end the global pandemic, and keep on fighting to make change for animals.
Dog Abuse Cases Making Headlines
In episode 75 of the Paw & Order podcast, co-hosts Camille Labchuk and Peter Sankoff give an analysis of three Canadian dog abuse cases that are making headlines right now. This includes a case from Newfoundland involving man who was acquitted of cruelty charges because the court ruled he didn’t “wilfully” starve his beagles into emaciation, a puppy mill breeder acquitted of cruelty charges in Nova Scotia, and a dog abuse case being appealed in Alberta to determine appropriate sentencing. Animal Justice will seek leave to intervene in this important case to highlight what principles of sentencing actually matter to animals.
I love this podcast. I enjoy listening to it, I love the banter, but I also find it incredibly helpful for my own work. As a lawyer practising in another (common law) jurisdiction the law may be slightly different, but there are always broad legal principles that are discussed that are incredibly helpful to broaden my approach to my animal law work. It also helps me maintain my sanity - sometimes this battle feels insurmountable and kinda lonely and our defeats can often feel very unjust (and they often are!). Hearing about your victories and struggles and frustrations genuinely helps with this - there is a sense of hope, but also solidarity. Thanks for all you do.
Omg this is sooooo good! One of the best podcasts on animals out there. Inspirational!
Really interesting, my favourite podcast right now. Canadian focused. I have learnt a lot about the rights of animals in our society, with a lot of surprises. Love the enthusiasm of the hosts.