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Animal Rights Focus of Law Lecture at WHS

April 16, 2018 8:27 AM | News

Winnipeg Humane Society, 45 Hurst Way (STAN MILOSEVIC / CHRISD.CA FILE)

A public lecture tonight at the Winnipeg Humane Society will focus on what rights an animal has in Canada’s legal system.

Lawyer Kevin Toyne will discuss the outdated state of animal welfare in Canada as part of Animal Law 101, a free speaker series presented by the WHS Farm Animal Compassion Committee.

“Many Canadian laws that are intended to protect animals are outdated. Those laws and the courts that enforce them see animals as property,” said Toyne.

“Efforts to update and reform those laws are complicated by society’s conflicting and evolving views of how we treat animals in our federal system of government.”

Animal Law 101 will provide an overview of animal-related laws and efforts to reform them, examine how Canadian courts view animals and discuss why it is so difficult to update and reform our country’s animal-related laws.

The presentation will begin at 7 p.m. at the Joyce Gauthier Behaviour and Training Centre, 45 Hurst Way. Those unable to attend can watch live on the WHS Facebook page and ask questions following the presentation.