V. Victoria Shroff has been practicing animal law for over 20 years in Vancouver at Shroff & Associates. She is also adjunct professor of animal law at the Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia, is author of a book, Canadian Animal Law, is frequently interviewed by media and lectures widely on the topic. Ms. Shroff is founding chair of the Canadian Animal Law Study Group. You can connect with her at @shroffanimallaw, or shroffanimallaw.com.
When I teach animal law this autumn at UBC law school, I will say that June 2019 was a very good month for animals in Canada. We made the country better for cetaceans by passing a bill to end cetaceans in captivity, tightened loopholes against bestiality and animal fighting and banned the import and export of shark fins, but like clockwork, we still have the Stampede every July.
Women’s rights. Civil rights. Disability rights. What about rights for animals?
Some people will neither like nor feel comfortable with the idea that we need to start thinking seriously about the rights of animals. Folks may say we still have problems with human rights and now you're suggesting we need to consider animals and their rights?