Summary of Meetings: Animal Law
Number of Meetings Held:2
December 03, 2020
Registration Count: 93
Guest Speaker: Rebeka Breder
Meeting Title/Topic: Pet Custody
Synopsis:Over the last several months, there has been a noticeable increase in pet custody cases. These are cases involving “ownership” disputes over companion animals. Essentially, “who gets the dog or cat upon separation?” One or the other person, or both? We discussed the law, including jurisdictional issues, as well as practical advice.
January 15, 2021
Registration Count: 51
Guest Speaker: Marty McKendry, lawyer and parliamentary advisor to the Honourable Murray Sinclair, and the Honourable Pierre Dalphond Kaitlyn Mitchell, staff lawyer at Animal Justice
Meeting Title/Topic: Bill S-218 (Jane Goodall Act): Road to Legal Personhood?
Synopsis: Overview of the legal contents of proposed new legislation to protect captive great apes, elephants and other non-domesticated animals in Canada.
Comments and Observations of the Chair