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Canadian Animal Law

This book provides commentary and analysis of the main issues in animal law, with a focus on how it intersects with more mainstream practice areas, including family law, criminal law, wills and estates, environmental law and professional liability.

Publication Language: English

Softcover | 518 pages

In Stock
Published: September 27, 2021
ISBN/ISSN: 9780433507017

Product description

"V. Victoria Shroff, a prominent animal law practitioner in Canada, has been recognized as one of the "Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada" by Canadian Lawyer Magazine. Selected through nominations highlighting her profound impact on the national legal landscape, Shroff's accolade is a testament to her dedication to advocating for animal rights. In addition to this honour, she recently joined the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics as an Associate Fellow; a significant achievement furthering her mission to be a voice for animals in courtrooms, classrooms and legislatures." – Brooks Animal Law Digest

"Each animal possesses intrinsic value, remarkable complexity and inherent dignity and, as such, is deserving of respect and moral concern. Canada needs to restructure its legal framework that governs animals, recognizing they are sentient beings and embracing its responsibilities with regard to their interests." – Barbara Cartwright, CEO, Humane Canada

"It has to be acknowledged that animals are deeply entwined in our cultural, social and economic lives--whether we are talking about animals as pets, animals as part of our industrial food supply system, animals as sentient beings in need of protection from inhumane treatment or even animals involved in criminal offences." – Chief Justice Robert Bauman, B.C.

According to pioneer animal law educator and practitioner, Victoria Shroff, animal law today is in a similar position as environmental law was 30 years ago: it’s recently emerged from a fringe practice area into a discipline in its own right. In Canada, Shroff is playing a leading role in that evolution as she advocates for a shift away from the long-held view of animals being merely a form of property under the law. As part of her practice and teaching, she aims to secure access to justice for animals, she has written this ground-breaking text, Canadian Animal Law which provides an insightful look at the burgeoning field of animal law as it pertains to both companion and wild animals.

A Unique Volume
Canadian Animal Law is an engaging, accessible read that will appeal to a broad audience, from law students and lawyers, to animal rights activists and members of the general public. Drawing on her more than 20 years of experience in the animal law field – in both the courtroom and the classroom – Shroff provides commentary and analysis of the main issues in animal law, with a focus on how it intersects with more mainstream practice areas, including family law, criminal law, housing, wills and estates, environmental law and professional liability. Her insightful examination of these topics is illustrated with interesting real-life examples, case studies and case law and an understanding of intersectional points of view. In addition, this unique book includes chapters dedicated to international animal law, wildlife law and animals in research and science.

Shroff’s skill in explaining often complex concepts in easy-to-understand language makes Canadian Animal Law the go-to book for a wide range of readers, including:

  • Paralegals, law clerks and law students as it combines all the areas of animal law into one book, making it a valuable teaching aid and reference work
  • Animal law practitioners as it acts as a comprehensive resource addressing the intersections between animal law and other areas of the law, including criminal law, torts and family law
  • Animal groups, including human animal groups, NGOs, Humane Societies, SPCAs and animal shelters, as it provides insight into the everyday animal law issues that individuals may encounter working with these organizations
  • Pro bono clinics, law libraries and associations as it is a practical resource for lawyers and other legal professionals and the public

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A wide-ranging book by an award-winning Canadian lawyer
by Dr Marc Bekoff, Animal Expert, biologist, ethologist, behavioural ecologist and writer

...a wide-ranging book by award-winning Canadian lawyer and educator Victoria Shroff titled Canadian Animal Law [that] caught my interest because it clearly shows how laws that apply to nonhuman animals (animals) "intersect with more mainstream practice areas, including family law, criminal law, wills and estates, environmental law and professional liability"

A pioneer of animal law in Canada
by Dr. Zazie Todd, animal behaviour expert and award-winning writer

Vancouver lawyer Victoria Shroff is a pioneer of animal law in Canada. Her new book, Canadian Animal Law, is an accessible introduction to animal law that will be of interest to SPCAs, humane societies, and anyone who cares about animals, as well as lawyers and law students.

An exceptional read and well balanced
by Gary Charbonneau, Filmmaker

Canadian Animal Law is an exceptional read and well balanced. Victoria has done an excellent job of informing the reader on various topics without providing unnecessary material. While professionally written, Victoria's personal experience and journey is felt throughout. Interesting, educational and highly recommended.

The go-to book for the legal profession, law students, and the wider public
by Professor Maneesha Deckha, University of Victoria

This is a capacious and compelling treatise about the state of animals today in Canadian law. Shroff shares her rich practice-based knowledge and experience as a long-standing animal law lawyer to provide informative overviews and illuminating case snapshots of the laws (or lack thereof) pertaining to animals in different industries and settings. Immensely clear, readable and comprehensive, and covering the latest legal developments, the book is an impressive blend of facts, laws, practice and other advocacy stories, and informed opinion.

It provides readers with both breadth and depth in understanding how Canadian laws fail animals. Whether one wants to learn efficiently about a specific regulatory area or grasp the wider legal landscape as to how Canadian laws treat animals, this is the go-to book for the legal profession, law students, and the wider public. Readers new to the area as well as seasoned advocates will learn from Shroff’s seemingly endless and outstanding expertise in animal law.

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Table of contents

Chapter 1: The History and Development of Animal Law and Animal Law Theory

Chapter 2: Status of Animals: Provincial & Territorial Animal Welfare Statutes

Chapter 3: Animals in the Criminal Law Context

Chapter 4: Animals in Housings and Wills & Estates

Chapter 5: Dangerous’ Dogs In Law and Legislation

Chapter 6: Legal Issues Involving Veterinarians

Chapter 7: Family Law Concepts of ‘Custody’ in Animal Law Settings

Chapter 8: Animals as Food

Chapter 9: Wildlife Law

Chapter 10: Captive Wildlife

Chapter 11: Animals in Research and Science

Chapter 12: International Animal Law & the Future of Animal Law