Alanna Collicutt 


Alanna has a diploma from Grant MacEwan University in Business Management. She has been working with free-roaming dog populations in First Nations communities for 8 years. Currently, Alanna is the Manager of the Alberta Spay Neuter Task Force’s newest program; the ASNTF Dog Care and Control Program. Alanna has worn many hats on her journey to Humane Dog Population Management Programs, including volunteer, Operations Manager, member of the Board of Directors and now an employee. Alanna spends her days travelling to partner First Nation communities to help guide, train and empower the community in their comprehensive Humane Dog Population Management initiatives with a goal of reducing human/animal conflict and increasing the well-being of the animals.


Amy Fitzgerald 


Amy Fitzgerald, PhD  is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology, and is cross-appointed to the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research, at the University of Windsor. She is also a founding member of the University of Windsor’s Animal and Interpersonal Abuse Research Group. Her research focuses on the intersection of harms (criminal and otherwise) perpetrated against people, non-human animals, and the environment. She has published extensively in the fields of critical animal studies, green criminology, environmental sociology, and gender studies. Her most recent books include Animals as Food: (Re)connecting Production, Processing, Consumption, and Impacts (2015; Michigan State University Press) and Animal Advocacy and Environmentalism: Understanding and Bridging the Divide (2018; Polity Press). She is currently working (with Linda Kalof) on a second, updated and revised edition of The Animals Reader: The Essential Classic and Contemporary Writings. Fitzgerald is the recipient of the Distinguished Scholarship Award from the Animals and Society section of the American Sociological Association and the Mid-Career Outstanding Faculty Research Award from the University of Windsor.

Andrew Fenton


Andrew Fenton, PhD is an associate professor of philosophy at Dalhousie University. His single or co-authored publications include “A moderate Buddhist animal research ethics” (Developing World Bioethics, 2019) and “Can a Chimp Say “No”? Reenvisioning Chimpanzee Dissent in Harmful Research” (Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, 2014). Fenton has also been a part of a small but mighty group of philosophers submitting amici curiae in support of two cases spearheaded by the Nonhuman Rights Project. These recent efforts resulted in a co-authored book, Chimpanzee Rights: The Philosophers’ Brief (Routledge, 2019), whose royalties go to the Nonhuman Rights Project.

Angela Fernandez


Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law University of Toronto, cross-appointed with the Department of History, University of Toronto. Professor Fernandez was the organizer of a Working Group “Animals in the Law and Humanities” at the Jackman Humanities Institute at the University of Toronto from 2014-2017. She is a fellow with the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, and a member of the Board of Advisors for Animal Justice Canada Her publications relating to nonhuman animals include a book on the famous first-possession foxhunting case Pierson v. Post, the Hunt for the Fox: Law and Professionalization in American Legal Culture (New York; Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018) and articles such as “Legal History and Rights for Nonhuman Animals: An Interview with Steven M. Wise,” 41:1 Dalhousie Law Journal (Spring 2019): 197-218 and “Not Quite Property, Not Quite Persons: A ‘Quasi’ Approach for Nonhuman Animals,” 5 Canadian Journal of Comparative and Contemporary Law (Fall 2019): 155-232.

Angela Lee


Angela Lee is a PhD Candidate at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, and a Fellow at the Schulich School of Law for the 2019-2020 academic year. Her doctoral work critically considers the intersections between new and emerging technologies, the environment, various forms of justice, and the law, particularly in the context of the Canadian agri-food sector. Her recent research on food innovations—including in vitro meat, genetically engineered animals, and plant-based alternatives to animal products—has been published in the Dalhousie Law Journal, the Canadian Journal of Women and the Law, the Windsor Review of Legal and Social Issues, and Canadian Food Studies. She is a co-editor of Food Law and Policy in Canada (Carswell, 2019). She previously taught Food Law at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, and will be teaching Animals and the Law at the Schulich School of Law in the winter 2020 term.

Anthony J. Nocella II

Anthony J. Nocella II, Ph.D., award-winning author and educator, is an Executive Director of the Institute for Critical Animal Studies, an Assistant Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the Institute for Public Safety at Salt Lake Community College, National Co-coordinator of Save the Kids, and co-founder and Editor of the Peace Studies Journal and Transformative Justice Journal. Nocella II is a scholar and administrator grounded in the field of criminology, education, justice studies, and peace and conflict studies. He is internationally known for his innovative, transformative, and intersectional collaborations among fields of study, social movements, scholars, organizations, and community leaders. Nocella II who co-founded the fields of academic repression, critical animal studies, total liberation, and disability pedagogy has published over forty books and 100 peer-reviewed articles and is regularly interviewed by media.

Brian Shiller

Brian has been a lawyer for more than 26 years and is a founding partner of the law firm Ruby Shiller Enenajor DiGiuseppe.  His practice covers a broad range of areas with a particular emphasis on animal welfare law and working to ensure that all animals are treated with love, dignity and respect. Brian has worked with the Ontario SPCA for over a decade.  He has been involved in providing advice and assistance in numerous areas of the Society’s operations. In particular, Brian worked extensively on cruelty investigations and appeared as counsel to the Ontario SPCA before the Animal Care Review Board, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and the Court of Appeal in a large number of cases. He has recently provided strategic advice and direction to the board of the Ontario SPCA on its shift away from providing enforcement services to the Ontario Government and works with management on forging a path forward to improve the quality of services provided to ensure that animals in the Province of Ontario and the rest of Canada are afforded the legal protections they require and deserve.

Camille Labchuk

Camille Labchuk is an animal rights lawyer and executive director of Animal Justice—Canada’s only animal law advocacy organization. Under her leadership, Animal Justice fights legal cases in courtrooms across the country, works to promote and pass tough new animal protection legislation, and ensures laws already on the books are being enforced.


Camille has intervened in precedent-setting cases to protect and enhance animals’ legal interests at all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada. She has testified before legislative committees to advance animal protections; filed false advertising complaints against companies making misleading humane claims; documented Canada’s commercial seal slaughter; and exposed hidden suffering behind the closed doors farms and zoos through undercover investigations. Camille also has a strong interest in defending and protecting the civil rights of animal advocates.


Camille is a frequent lecturer on animal law, and a regular contributor to national publications like the Globe and Mail, iPolitics, and Lawyers’ Daily, and her work has been featured in countless media stories.

Charlotte Blattner 

Charlotte Blattner is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard Law School, where she researches at the intersection of animal and environmental law. From 2017-2018, she completed the Postdoctoral Fellowship for Animal Studies at the Department of Philosophy at Queen’s University, focusing on issues of animal labour. She earned her PhD in Law from the University of Basel, Switzerland, as part of the doctoral program “Law and Animals – Ethics at Crossroads”, and was a Visiting International Scholar at the Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis & Clark Law School in 2016. Her books Protecting Animals Within and Across Borders: Extraterritorial Jurisdiction and the Challenges of Globalization (2019) and Animal Labour: A New Frontier of Interspecies Justice? (2019, co-edited together with Kendra Coulter and Will Kymlicka) were or are about to be published by OUP.

Dr. Charu Chandrasekera

Dr. Charu Chandrasekera is the founder and executive director of Canada’s first and only centre dedicated exclusively to alternatives to animal testing, the Canadian Centre for Alternatives to Animal Methods (CCAAM) and the Canadian Centre for the Validation of Alternative Methods (CaCVAM) located at the University of Windsor. She is an experienced scientist, a former animal researcher, a science policy expert, and an animal lover.  Through her visionary Centre, Dr. Chandrasekera promotes the replacement of animals in Canadian biomedical research, education, and chemical safety testing through 21st century science, innovation, and ethics. 

Chief Justice Catherine Fraser

Chief Justice Catherine Fraser graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws degrees. She received the George Bligh O’Connor silver medal in law.. Prior to her appointment to the bench she was Queen’s Counsel and law professor at the University of Alberta. Her course on women and the law is thought to be the first of its kind taught in Canada. She was appointed to the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta in 1989. In 1991 she was the first woman to be appointed Chief Justice of Alberta as well as the youngest person to be appointed to the position in Alberta. In 1999 she was further appointed Chief Justice of the Court of Appeal of Nunavut. Fraser has also served on the Canadian Institute on the Administration of Justice, as chair of the Education Committee of the Canadian Judicial Council and as a member of the Council's Special Committee on Equality in the Courts. During her legal career she has continued to strive towards bringing forward equality and has consistently emphasized the importance of the rule of law. There is no better illustration of this than Chief Justice Fraser’s dissent in the case involving Lucy the Elephant and the Edmonton Valley Zoo, Regina and Reece, “Some may consider this appeal and the claims on behalf of Lucy inconsequential, perhaps even frivolous. They would be wrong. Lucy’s case raises serious issues not only about how society treats sentient animals – those capable of feeling pain and thereby suffering at human hands – but also about the right of the people in a democracy to ensure that the government itself is not above the law.”

Chris Green

Chris Green is the Executive Director of Harvard Law School’s Animal Law & Policy Program. He is the former Chair of the American Bar Association’s Animal Law Committee and previously was the Director of Legislative Affairs for the Animal Legal Defense Fund. Chris still regularly testifies at legislative hearings on animal protection matters and he has consulted on animal legal issues for dozens of major media outlets. Green’s own scholarship has focused on the societal and legal value of companion animals and has been published in the Animal Law Review. He currently is serving on a National Academies of Sciences committee assessing the Dept. of Veterans Affairs’ use of dogs in biomedical research. Chris also spent several decades working in the fine arts, film, and music industries, and he still manages an Illinois farm that has remained in his family for 181 consecutive years.

Danielle Duffield

Danielle Duffield is a litigation lawyer and adjunct animal law lecturer. She has been involved in animal advocacy work in Europe, the United States, and New Zealand, including through policy projects, litigation, academic work and movement building. She co-founded and served as president of New Zealand’s animal law advocacy organisation, the New Zealand Animal Law Association, and is a member of the UK Centre for Animal Law. She has published articles on animal law in various law journals including the New Zealand Universities Law Review, the New Zealand Law Journal, and the UK Journal of Animal Law. She has a Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours and a Bachelor of Arts in Politics from the University of Otago in New Zealand, and a Master of Laws from Harvard Law School, where she was a Frank Knox Memorial Fellow.

Darcy Lindberg

Darcy Lindberg is mixed-rooted nêhiyaw (Plains Cree), whose relations come from the Maskwacis and Battleford areas. Darcy's research is focused on Indigenous constitutionalism and Plains Cree legal relationships with the ecological world. He is an Assistant Professor with the University of Alberta's Faculty of Law.  

Edie Bowles

Edie is a lawyer and the co-founder of Advocates for Animals, the UK's first animal protection law firm. She has advised many animal protection organisations and individuals on a range of issues, including the new animal establishment licensing regulations, an investigation into pig farming and greyhound racing. She is also a trustee of the UK Centre for Animal Law where she manages the student group and a trustee for The Humane League UK. She often speaks on animal protection issues. Prior to advising on animal protection law, Edie was an intellectual property lawyer in private practice. 

Ellen Campbell

Ellen Campbell is a JD candidate at the University of Victoria, concentration in Environmental Law and Sustainability. Ellen holds a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of British Columbia, Okanagan. Her thesis studied colonialism and racism in non-profits’ enforcement of conservation and animal law, for which she completed five months of field work on two Sea Shepherd campaigns and a BCSPCA practicum. She is a member of the Coalition for Indigenous Perspectives on Animals, Plants, and the Land; the North American Association for Critical Animal Studies; and the Animals & Society Research Initiative. Ellen has worked and volunteered with Radical Action with Migrants in Agriculture as a legal advocate, researcher, and videographer; at the BC SPCA as a volunteer coordinator and animal care attendant; with Sea Shepherd as a field producer for an award-winning documentary on sea turtles; and with a number of Indigenous groups on various legal research and videography projects. She volunteers with Rescue and Sanctuary for Threatened Animals as a grant writer and legal researcher, Warren Peace Bunny Sanctuary as a legal researcher, and Pacific Centre for Environmental Law and Litigation as a legal intern. 

Elisabeth Ormandy

Elisabeth's background in neuroscience, and animal behaviour, welfare and ethics has driven here passion to critically evaluate the role that animals play in science and to promote the replacement of animals in research, testing and teaching as best scientific practice. In 2015 she co-foudned, and is now Executive Director of, the Animals in Science Policy Institute (AiSPI) - the first and only registered charity in Canada that works solely on promoting better science without animals. In addition, Elisabeth is an instructor at the University of British Columbia, and she sits on the Categories of Welfare Impact sub-committee of the Canadian Council on Animal Care. Elisabeth is Board President of the nonprofit Now You Know Podcast, an advisor to the Humane Education Coalition, and a member of the editorial board for the Alternatives to Laboratory Animals (ATLA) journal.

Gary Grill

Gary Grill is a criminal lawyer based in Toronto specializing in criminal law. He frequently represents AR activists charged with criminal and regulatory offences across Canada and represents and advises international AR organizations in Canadian courts and on Canadian law. He is an adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School where he teaches criminal procedure. Gary is the recipient of PETA’s Justice for Animals Award for his work representing Anita Krajnc in the Pig Trial. 

Dr. Gieri Bolliger

Dr. Gieri Bolliger, executive director of the Stiftung für das Tier im Recht (TIR; Foundation for the Animal in the Law), is an attorney-at-law and has been working for TIR since 2000. After he published his dissertation on European Animal Law in 2000, as an editor, author and co-author he has published twelve books, various expert opinions and over 150 articles on national and international animal welfare law. In 2013, Gieri Bolliger was the first non-American lawyer to complete the postgraduate "Master of Animal Law" (LL.M.) at the Center for Animal Law Studies (CALS) at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland (Oregon/USA). Moreover, he has held a teaching position for animal welfare law at the University of Zurich since 2005 and has given speeches on the legal aspects of the human-animal relationship at countless conferences and training events in Switzerland and abroad.

Heather McLeod-Kilmurray

Heather McLeod-Kilmurray is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa and Co-Director of its Centre for Environmental Law and Global Sustainability (CELGS). Her research and teaching focus on Food Law, Toxic Torts and Environmental Justice. She is co-author of The Canadian Law of Toxic Torts with Lynda Collins, co-editor of the forthcoming Canadian Food Law and Policy with Nathalie Chalifour and Angela Lee and a former part-time member of the Ontario Environmental Review Tribunal.

Holly Lake

Holly Lake is a journalist from Newfoundland and Labrador landlocked in Ottawa. A coastal soul and scuba diver who is happiest by, on, in, or under water, her work focuses on fisheries, oceans, the environment and animals. While she can’t take credit for dubbing S-203 the ‘Free Willy’ bill (that was her editor’s doing), she covered its long swim through Parliament from the early days for iPolitics, through to its leap into law. Holly has an undergraduate degree in law and political science from Carleton University, a master’s degree in journalism from Western University, and is currently studying law at the University of Ottawa.

Iselin Gambert

Iselin Gambert is a professor of legal writing at The George Washington University Law School (Washington, DC), where she teaches courses in legal communication and rhetoric and feminist legal theory. In 2018 she co-taught an interdisciplinary course in critical animal studies at Lund University (Sweden). Iselin’s scholarship spans multiple fields including language and rhetoric, critical animal studies, critical race theory, food law and policy, and feminist legal theory. She has written extensively on the subject of milk; her 2019 Brooklyn Law Review article Got Mylk? The Disruptive Possibilities of Plant Milk was identified as a “Notable & Quotable” by the Wall Street Journal. She was part of the U.S. Feminist Judgments Project, which published Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Opinions of the United States Supreme Court (Cambridge University Press 2016). She is a recipient of a 2019 Aspen Words Emerging Writer Fellowship in the category of Personal Essay.

James Silver

James Silver is the founding partner of Silver Pennypacker, Barristers. Certified by the Law Society of Ontario as a specialist in criminal law, his law practice has included work at all levels of court in Ontario, where he has argued trials and appeals. For decades he has been a go-to resource where animal rights activism converges with the criminal justice system. His devotion to justice for all creatures no matter the species has been repeatedly recognized by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, Mercy for Animals, the courts, the media, and even the Ontario Provincial Police. He has lectured at law schools and at lawyer education seminars on various topics involving criminal law, trial advocacy, and animal rights law.

Janine Kidd

Janine Kidd lives in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia but was born and raised in southern Ontario. She received a BSc (Psychology) from Brigham Young University (Utah) in 2003 and an LLB from the University of Alberta in 2008. Janine was admitted to the bar in 2009. She always wanted to be a prosecutor but articled and practiced with a small criminal defence firm in Edmonton, Alberta from 2008 until 2011. Janine became a Crown Prosecutor with Alberta Justice in 2011 and worked there for just over a year. In 2012, she moved to Nova Scotia and joined the Public Prosecution Service as a Crown Attorney. Janine began prosecuting animal cruelty offences in the Halifax Regional Municipality in 2013. She joined the steering committee for the National Centre for the Prosecution of Animal Cruelty in 2016 and has presented at their annual conference for the past three years.

Jessica Eisen

Jessica Eisen is an Assistant Professor at the University of Alberta Faculty of Law. Her research interests include animals and the law, constitutional and comparative constitutional law, equality and antidiscrimination law, feminist legal theory, intergenerational justice, and law and social movements. Professor Eisen’s research has been published in Journal of Law and Equality, Animal Law Review, Canadian Journal of Poverty Law, Transnational Legal Theory, Queen’s Law Journal, ICON: International Journal of Constitutional Law, University of British Columbia Law Review, Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice, and elsewhere.

Jessica Scott-Reid

Jessica Scott-Reid is a freelance journalist covering animal rights and welfare, climate change and plant-based food topics. Her work appears regularly in/on the Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, Maclean's Magazine, New York Daily News,, Sentient Media, We Animals Media, and others. 

Jo-Anne Landsburg

Jo-Anne Landsburg is the Chief Provincial Inspector for the Nova Scotia SPCA. Jo-Anne began working for the NS SPCA in 2013 as a Special Constable investigating complaints of animal cruelty and neglect across mainland NS. In 2015, she was promoted to Chief Inspector where she grew the SPCA enforcement team of only 4 officers to 17.  She created the major case management team at the Provincial office in Dartmouth, providing oversight and mentorship to other officers across Nova Scotia. 

Currently, Jo-Anne oversees the Enforcement program at the Nova Scotia SPCA including enforcing the Animal Protection Act in Nova Scotia along with 16 municipal Animal control by law contracts. Included in these contracts are 6 First Nations Reserves where the enforcement program has been ensuring healthy pet communities.  Jo-Anne’s most recent case secured a conviction taking into consideration the psychological distress of a dog. 

Jodi Lazare

Jodi Lazare is an assistant professor at the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University, where she teaches Animals and the Law, Family Law, Constitutional Law, and Introduction to Legal Ethics. She holds a Doctor of Civil Law from McGill University and degrees in both Civil Law and Common Law from the University of Ottawa. Jodi’s current research relates to the intersections between animal law and family law, in disputes over companion animals, as well as the gendered economic impacts of family breakdown.

Josh Littlechild

Josh Littlechild is from the Ermineskin Cree Nation In treaty #6 territory. Josh has an undergraduate degree in Native Studies and a certificate in indigenous governance and partnership from the faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta.  Josh is the Ermineskin Cree Nation Tribal Law officer and assisted in the development of the Ermineskin Cree Nation Dog care and control program to buttress the Ermineskin Cree Nation Dog and prohibited Animal Control Law since 2016. Josh has two Maremmas and one Pyrenees.

Justice Lois R Hoegg

Justice Lois Hoegg attended Dalhousie Law School and was called to the bar of Newfoundland in 1983. Justice Hoegg began her career as a Crown attorney in St. John’s before moving on to become managing partner for Ches Crosbie Barristers. In 2000, she was appointed Queen's Counsel for the Province of Newfoundland. She was appointed to the bench in 2007 to the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and then again in 2010 the Court of Appeal. During her legal career she has served with many professional associations. She has been a lecturer for the Newfoundland Law Society and has worn many hats for the Canadian Bar Association: including president of the Newfoundland Branch, chair of the National Committee and Ethics and Professional Issues Committee, and co-chair of the CBA’s Canadian legal conference in St. John’s. Recently, in a highly praised dissent in the case of Baker v Hamina, Justice Hoegg respectfully disagreed with her colleagues saying, “I am disturbed by the notion that courts should not spend their precious time and resources determining the ownership of dogs…. I emphasize the emotional bonds between people and their dogs, and say that fair decisions respecting the ownership and possession of dogs can be much more important to litigants and to society than decisions respecting the ownership of a piece of furniture or a few dollars.”

Kaitlyn Mitchell

Kaitlyn has over a decade of experience using the law to protect animals and the environment. She graduated from Dalhousie Law School in 2007 with a certificate of specialization in environmental law. From 2007 to 2019, Kaitlyn practiced public interest environmental law, first at the Canadian Environmental Law Association and then at Ecojustice - Canada's only national environmental law charity. At Ecojustice, her work focused on promoting respect for and recognition of the human right to a healthy environment, and often involved working with low income and other socially marginalized communities impacted by environmental hazards. Kaitlyn recently joined Animal Justice and is thrilled to have the opportunity to dedicate her legal practice to using the law to promote the well-being of animals.

Kathryn M. Campbell

Kathryn M. Campbell has a background in both criminology and law and is a professor in the Department of Criminology at the University of Ottawa.  She has long been interested in studying social justice, including issues of equality and rights under the law, for various individuals and groups.  The majority of her research has focused on miscarriages of justice, young persons and criminal law, Indigenous justice issues and most recently animal law. Professor Campbell is currently exploring how far the question of animal rights may be extended under current Canadian law and what needs to be done to advance greater rights recognition.   

Katie Sykes

Katie Sykes is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, British Columbia.  She is a graduate of the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, Harvard Law School, and the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  With Peter Sankoff and Vaughan Black, she is co-editor of Canadian Perspectives on Animals and the Law (Irwin Law, 2015), the first book-length jurisprudential work to engage in a sustained analysis of Canadian law concerning the treatment of animals at the hands of human beings. She has also published articles on animal law in journals including the Canadian Yearbook of International Law, Animal Law Review, World Trade Review, the Journal of International Wildlife Law and Policy, the George Washington International Law Review, and the European Journal of International Law. She is a member of the Advisory Board of Animal Justice Canada. 


Dr. Kendra Coulter

Dr. Kendra Coulter holds the Chancellor's Chair for Research Excellence and is chair of the Department of Labour Studies at Brock University. She is a Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics and a member of the Royal Society of Canada's College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. She has written widely on many facets of labour involving animals including the book Animals, Work, and the Promise of Interspecies Solidarity and is co-editor of the forthcoming Animal Labour: A New Frontier of Interspecies Justice?  Dr. Coulter has studied animal cruelty investigations for a number of years and is leading a multi-year comparative research project on humane law enforcement work and policy which is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Kevin Schneider

Kevin Schneider is the Executive Director of the Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP), a position he’s held since October 2015, and an attorney admitted to the New York Bar. He graduated with a B.A. in political science from the University of Massachusetts, Boston in 2009 and earned his law degree from Florida State University with a certificate in environmental and land use law in 2013. Kevin started as a volunteer with the NhRP in 2010 and was inspired to go to law school by it. The NhRP was founded in 1996 by attorney Steven M. Wise and works to secure legally recognized fundamental rights for nonhuman animals through litigation, advocacy, and education. Its mission is to change the legal status of at least some nonhuman animals from mere “things,” which lack the capacity to possess any legal right, to “persons,” who possess such fundamental rights as bodily integrity and bodily liberty and those other legal rights to which evolving standards of morality, scientific discovery, and human experience entitle them. The NhRP works with teams of attorneys on four continents to develop campaigns to achieve legal rights for nonhuman animals that are suited to the legal systems of these countries. The NhRP filed its first cases in December of 2013, and its work is the subject of the 2016 Pennebaker Hegedus/HBO documentary film Unlocking the Cage, which has been seen by millions around the world.

Laure Boissat

Laure Boissat works as leads the research and manages the development of the Animal Protection Index (API), developed by the international animal welfare charity World Animal Protection. Laure focuses her research on comparing animal protection legislations across 50 countries, which are ranked in the API. Prior to joining World Animal Protection, Laure worked for the International Fund for Animal Welfare, where she contributed to various campaigns on the illegal ivory and rhino horn trade.

Laure graduated with honours from her Master’s in Biodiversity Conservation and Management at the University of Oxford. While there, she focused her attention on reconciling animal welfare and conservation and wrote her thesis on the impacts of the documentary Blackfish. She led various animal welfare and vegan student societies throughout her time at university. Laure also gained hands-on conservation experience in the rescue, rehabilitation and release of wildlife in South Africa and Australia, where she specifically cared for koalas.

Lesli Bisgould

Lesli was called to the Ontario bar in 1992. Several years later, she left a litigation firm to open her own practice in animal rights law, the first of its kind in Canada. For ten years, she acted for individuals and organizations seeking to advance the interests of animals. In 2007, she created a course about animals and the law which she has since taught at University of Toronto’s law school (co-teaching this year with Angela
Fernandez). Lesli has deputed before every level of government and argued at every level of court. She has lectured across Canada, the US and Australia. She wrote the first Canadian legal textbook on the subject
(Animals and the Law; Irwin Law, 2011).  Her current full time position is Barrister at Legal Aid Ontario’s Clinic Resource Office, where she assists legal clinics with their appeals.

Lisa Kramer

Lisa Kramer is Professor of Finance at the University of Toronto. She has a PhD in finance from the University of British Columbia and has served as a visiting scholar at Stanford University and at the University of California San Diego. Professor Kramer conducts interdisciplinary work in the field of behavioral economics, blending psychology and economics to study a wide range of topics, such as financial markets, human decision making, and the use of animal models in biomedicine and drug development. Her research has appeared in economics, finance, business ethics, and psychology journals, including the American Economic Review. Her studies have been extensively profiled by the popular press, including The Wall Street Journal, US News and World Reports, The Washington Post, Bloomberg Business, Business Week, and Time. She is also a regular contributor to the op-ed pages of national and international media outlets, writing on topics such as clean meat, sustainable finance, and ethical investing.

Lori Marino

Lori Marino, PhD, is founder and President of the Whale Sanctuary Project ( as well as Executive Director of The Kimmela Center for Animal Advocacy (, which focuses on scholar-advocacy in the domain of animal protection.

Lori is a neuroscientist and expert in animal behavior and intelligence, formerly on the faculty of Emory University and is internationally known for her work on the evolution of the brain and intelligence in dolphins and whales (as well as primates and farmed animals). She has published over 130 peer-reviewed scientific papers, book chapters, and magazine articles on marine mammal biology and cognition, comparative brain anatomy, self-awareness in nonhuman animals, human-nonhuman animal relationships, and the evolution of intelligence. She is also active in the area of marine mammal captivity issues such as dolphin assisted therapy and the educational claims of the zoo and aquarium industry.

Lori appears regularly in films and television programs, including the 2013 documentary Blackfish about killer whale captivity, Unlocking the Cage, the 2016 documentary on the Nonhuman Rights Project, and Long Gone Wild , the 2019 documentary that picks up where Blackfish  left off and the work of the Whale Sanctuary Project begins.

M. B. Rodriguez Ferrere 

Marcelo is a senior lecturer at the University of Otago’s Faculty of Law in Dunedin, New Zealand, where he has taught an animal law course since 2013. He is the co-author of the treatise Wells on Animal Law in New Zealand and co-author of the New Zealand Law Foundation’s research project Animal Welfare Law in New Zealand: Enforcement, Oversight and Compliance.

Mandy MacLeod

Mandy MacLeod is a family protection prosecutor in Edmonton, with a specialization in the prosecution of regulatory and criminal offences against animals. She a favourite hobby-horse of hers is following Canadian developments in regulatory laws governing the elective modification of animal bodies. She also provides training to law enforcement concerning crimes implicating the link between harm to pets and harm to people in the context of family violence. Check out her TEDxTalk entitled, "Protect Pets, Protect People: Time for Legal Change" for more info and for several glamorous photographs of her beloved cat Smudge.

Maneesha Deckha

Maneesha Deckha is Professor and Lansdowne Chair in Law at the University of Victoria. Her research interests include critical animal law, feminist animal care theory, postcolonial theory, vulnerability and precarity studies, health law, and reproductive law and policy. Her interdisciplinary scholarship is dedicated to an intersectional and critical animals studies analysis of law and legality and has been supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. She also held the Fulbright Visiting Chair in Law and Society at New York University and currently serves as Director of the Animals & Society Research Initiative at the University of Victoria as well as on the Editorial Boards of Politics and Animals and Hypatia. She is a fellow of the Brooks Animal Studies Academic Network and is currently completing a book project on feminism, postcolonialism and critical animal law.

Margaret Robinson 

Margaret Robinson is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at Dalhousie University.  She is a bisexual and two-spirit scholar from Eski'kewaq, Nova Scotia, and a member of the Lennox Island First Nation. Her work examines the impact of intersecting oppressions and draws on critical, postcolonial, and queer theories, intersectionality, and third wave feminism.  

Martina Pluda

Martina is a professional animal advocate with a media and legal background. As Head of Programmes at FOUR PAWS in Vienna, Martina runs political, corporate, and awareness campaigns to improve the legal protection of companion, farm, and wild animals, influence company policies and practices, and change the public perception around pressing animal welfare issues. By exposing hidden animal suffering and offering concrete solutions, she strives to achieve meaningful, long-term policy and behavioral change. Her work includes campaigns against puppy trade, cruel farming practices (cage keeping, pig castration without anesthesia, farrowing crates, slatted flooring, force-feeding and live-plucking, male chick shredding, etc.), long distance live animal transports, fur fashion, private keeping of wild animals, and more. Martina holds both an LLB and a JD from the University of Salzburg, as well as an LLM in Animal Law from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Martina has been working for over fifteen years as a free-lance journalist and is the author of Animal Law in the Third Reich (Servei de Publicacions de la Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona 2019). She is also a frequent lecturer and regular media commentator on animal welfare issues and her work has been featured in numerous news outlets.

Connect with Martina on Instagram: @Martina.Pluda and Twitter: @Martina_Pluda.

Marty McKendry

Marty McKendry is the Director of Parliamentary Affairs at the Government Representative Office in the Senate. He's a political advisor and lawyer who worked with Senator Wilfred Moore to draft and advance Bill S-203, the Ending the Captivity of Whales and Dolphins Act. Marty currently serves as Director of Parliamentary Affairs to the Government Representative in the Senate, Senator Peter Harder. This past Parliament, Marty managed government legislation in the Senate at the staff level, and supported the transition towards an independent Senate. This spring, Marty worked on Sen. Harder’s amendments to Bill C-68, changes to the Fisheries Act. These amendments secured passage of the bans on whale and dolphin captivity for entertainment purposes, as well as shark finning and shark fin imports. Other government legislation Marty worked with Senators to pass included cannabis legalization, the north Pacific oil tanker moratorium, interim marine protected areas, and changes regarding animal fighting and bestiality. Marty has a Master’s degree in philosophy and a law degree from the University of Toronto.

M.H. Tse

M.H. Tse is a doctoral candidate at Harvard Law School. Her current research is on property law and theory, and on the obligations of respect that arise from our relationships with other animals. She completed her LL.M. at the University of Toronto, and at Harvard Law School, and her LL.B. at Osgoode Hall Law School. M.H. is part of the Animal Remembrance Commission, an artist collaboration devoted to creating and installing memorials honouring the lives of animals who have suffered loss, injury, and trauma, from human enterprises:     

Michelle Strauss

I am New Zealand qualified lawyer, currently living and working in the UK. I lived in Ireland for two years from 2015 and during this time became involved in animal rights work. My background is predominately in the area of professional negligence and I have found this experience a useful base from which to consider the involvement of professionals in animal related industries. My focus is currently on matters pertaining to puppy farms/mills but I have a keen interest in all animal rights related issues.                

Peter Sankoff

Peter Sankoff is a Professor at the University of Alberta (Canada), Faculty of Law who teaches and conducts research on animal law, criminal law and the law of evidence.  He is the author or editor of seven books, including Canadian Perspectives on Animals and the Law. He is currently working on a new treatise: Why Animal Protection Law Fails to Protect Animals.  

Peter has a long history of animal advocacy. He co-founded the Animal Rights Legal Advocacy Network (ARLAN) in New Zealand, and was the Director for that organization from 2001-2005.  He currently sits on the Board of Directors for Animal Justice. In 2015, he represented the organization as lead counsel before the Supreme Court of Canada in the case of R v DLW, the first time an animal advocacy group had ever appeared before Canada's highest Court. He regularly acts on behalf of individuals seeking to make the world a better place for animals.

Peter is also the co-host of Paw and Order, Canada’s animal law podcast. To learn more about his work, go to

Pierre Cloutier de Repentigny

Pierre is a PhD Candidate at the Faculty of Law and Centre of Environmental Law and Global Sustainability at the University of Ottawa. He is a 2017 Pierre Elliott Trudeau Scholar and a SSHRC Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholar. Pierre earned his LL.L. and LL.B. from the University of Ottawa and his LL.M. from the University of British Columbia. His current research focuses on reimagining our relationship with marine life through law. He is specifically interested in the human/fish relationships, critical theory and international environmental law. Pierre has taught the Environmental Law Clinic course and a practice-based seminar on the International Law Commission at the University of Ottawa.

Ranjana Basu

I am a social worker who is a doctoral candidate at Royal Roads University. I’ve practiced social work for a long time and have written two books related to serving elderly people and their families. Throughout my career, I have been involved in social justice - challenging “isms” - and working towards social change. 


The “ism” to which I now devote all my skills and energy is speciesism – the normative systematic oppression of non-human animals.  I have been an advocate for the liberation of non-human animals for many years and finally came to the realization that this issue is deeply connected to my profession. My research is intended to bring awareness of the issue of speciesism and its relation to social work with the hopes of influencing social work research, education and practice. 

Rebeka Breder

Rebeka Breder B.A. (Joint Honours, McGill University, 2000), JD (UBC, 2004). Rebeka’s passion for animal rights started when she was 13 years old. Rebeka is in private practice, which focusses exclusively on animal law, such as: challenges to government decisions, wildlife and regulatory challenges, defending dogs, veterinary malpractice, condominium disputes, and pet “custody” disputes. In 2019, Rebeka was recognized as one of Canada’s top 25 most influential lawyers by Canadian Lawyer magazine, where she won the Changemakers category. Rebeka founded the first Animal Law section of the Canadian Bar Association in Canada and has been the Chair of the Animal Law section, B.C. Branch since its inception. Rebeka was also a founder of the UBC Animal Law course, sits on the Board of Directors of the Vancouver Humane Society, and she is often featured in the media. and Twitter @animallawcanada.

Robert LeBlanc

Robert LeBlanc is the City Prosecutor for the City of Vancouver. In addition to his responsibility for all City by-law prosecutions, Robert conducts and oversees applications brought by the City for the destruction of “dangerous dogs” under the Vancouver Charter. He is also involved in the defence of challenges under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the conduct of administrative enforcement hearings before City Council, and the defence of civil claims brought against members of the Vancouver Police Department. Prior to working for the City, Robert practiced for several years in the area of criminal defence.

Sabrina Tremblay-Huet

Sabrina Tremblay-Huet is a lecturer and doctoral candidate in law at the University of Sherbrooke. She specializes in critical legal theory, international human rights law, tourism law and animal law. She is co-founder of the Critical Legal Research Laboratory (LRCD-CLRL). She is the co-author of the chapter "The Consumer's Right to Information About Animal Welfare: The Canadian Framework for Labelling of Food Products of Animal Origin", that will be published this fall in the upcoming volume Food Law and Policy in Canada.

Shane Martínez

Shane Martínez (BA, LLB, LEC) is a lawyer based in Toronto, Ontario. Shane’s primary areas of practice are criminal and human rights law, with a focus on assisting social justice movements through litigation challenging state misconduct. He is a strong proponent of building new and novel frameworks to enhance access to justice for marginalized populations. In 2019 Shane received the Precedent Setter Award for leadership and excellence in his practice of law. He is qualified to practice law in the Commonwealth Caribbean, and is well-known for his advocacy on behalf of migrant farmworkers from that region.

Sheena Swemmer

Sheena Swemmer is the head of the gender department at the Centre for Applied Legal Studies, a human rights NGO at the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa. She works specifically in the field of gender and violence, and focuses on how violence affects numerous vulnerable groups (including animals) in the country. Sheena is currently in her last year of her phd which is titled 'AN UBUNTU-FEMINIST APPROACH TO THE INCLUSION OF COMPANION ANIMALS IN SOUTH AFRICAN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE LAW’ and focuses on the intersection of violence in the home and potential developments that can take place in South African law to protect women, children and companion animals. 

Sophie Gaillard

Sophie Gaillard is the Director of Animal Advocacy at the Montreal SPCA. Sophie Gaillard joined the Montreal SPCA in 2013, after having graduated from McGill University’s Faculty of Law and articling at the Crown prosecutors’ office in Montreal. She has over six years of experience supervising and working with the SPCA’s animal protection officers, who are charged with enforcing the Criminal Code’s animal cruelty and neglect provisions, as well as Quebec’s provincial animal protection legislation. Sophie also acts as a liaison and resource person for prosecutors and other law enforcement in animal cruelty matters. In addition to overseeing the Montreal SPCA’s Cruelty Investigations Division, she works on initiatives to strengthen animal protection legislation at the municipal, provincial and federal levels.

Syed Adnan Hussain

Syed Adnan Hussain is an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Saint Mary’s, with a particular interest in modern Islam in South Asia and North America. He is the former chair of the Religion, Colonialism and Postcolonialism section of the American Academy of Religion.  His other areas of interest include: Islam in North American since 9/11, human rights law, animals and the law, film, post-colonial theory, modern Islamic law, Islam in South East and East Asia, gender and queer theory, juvenile delinquency, and the laws of apostasy and blasphemy. Dr. Husain holds degrees from McGill University; the Candler School of Theology and Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, GA; and the Ph.D. in Religious Studies from the University of Toronto.

Tayler Zavitz

Tayler Zavitz is a PhD candidate, sessional instructor and teaching assistant consultant and coordinator in the Sociology department at the University of Victoria. Her current research area is Political Sociology and Social Movements, with a specific focus on the repression of animal activism in Canada, the expanding criminalization of dissent, and what this means for the future of activism in Canada. She also holds a Masters degree in Critical Sociology, with a focus in Critical Animal Studies, from Brock University. She is the current social media coordinator for the Animals & Society Research Initiative at the University of Victoria, as well as a peer reviewer for the Journal for Critical Animal Studies.

Vaughan Black

Vaughan Black was born in Moose Jaw but now lives in Halifax, with cats.  He first offered a course in animals and the law while a visiting professor at the University of British Columbia in 2003-04 and continued teaching that subject at Dalhousie from the following year until his retirement in 2017.  His mostly recent writing in the animals field, “Beastly Dead”, appeared this summer in volume 5 of the Canadian Journal of Comparative and Contemporary Law.

Dr. Wesley Tourangeau

Dr. Wesley Tourangeau recently completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the School for Resource and Environmental Studies at Dalhousie University, and is currently a limited-term Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminology at Saint Mary’s University. Wesley’s research interests centre on sustainability, climate and agricultural policy, animal and ecological harms, and green criminology. He recently co-authored (with Dr. Amy Fitzgerald) “Crime versus harm in the transportation of animals: A closer look at Ontario’s ‘pig trial’” in R. Hinch and A. Gray’s A Handbook of Food Crime: Immoral and Illegal Practices in the Food Industry and What to Do about Them (2018).

Zeynep Graves

Zeynep is an attorney with the PETA Foundation where she litigates on behalf of wild and captive animals, and develops legal strategies to advocate for animals who are exploited in commercial industries. Her past work as investigative counsel for Last Chance for Animals helped expose hidden animal suffering, and led to groundbreaking animal cruelty charges in Ontario, Canada.


Zeynep began her legal career in Animal Law while articling at Animal Justice Canada in 2012. Zeynep holds a law degree from Dalhousie University, in Halifax, Nova Scotia and is a member of the California Bar.