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OBA to Hold Inaugural Animal Law Event

Members of Lawyers for Animal Welfare (LAW) are scheduled to speak at the upcoming inaugural Ontario Bar Association animal law event. We encourage everyone to register to attend either in person or to watch online. To participate you must register in advance at:

The event is scheduled to take place on Monday, October 3, 2011 at 5:30 pm at the OBA Conference Centre located at 20 Toronto Street, 2nd Floor, Toronto, Ontario.

Once you have registered you can also announce your attendance on our page at:

The event is an opportunity to network and learn from a panel of lawyers and students working in the field of animal law. The field of animal law is growing rapidly in Canada. Animal law has been established and practiced in the United States for decades, and the past few years have been marked by a growing awareness of animal legal issues in Canada. Most Canadian law schools now offer courses in animal law, animal law practitioners have emerged and an increasing number of law students are entering the field. These developments have prompted many to draw comparisons between the present state of animal law, and the state of environmental law 25 years ago. For some lawyers, practicing animal law simply means working with clients who have legal issues relating to animals. Others are drawn to the field by a commitment to protecting animals – beings with few legal protections unable to help themselves. Drawing on a growing body of Canadian case law and legislation relating to animal issues, particularly in Ontario, lawyers practicing animal law are at the forefront of an exciting new field of law. This session will be relevant to various types of civil litigation practice as well as criminal prosecutions and counts towards 2 hours of substantive professional development for members of the Ontario bar.

The agenda and speakers are as follows:

5:30 pm Registration
5:45 pm Vegan Buffet Dinner
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Program

Program Chair: Nicholas dePencier Wright, LLB, MBA, Campaigner, Humane Society International/Canada and Executive Director, LAW


Peter Sankoff, JD, LLM, Associate Professor, University of Western Ontario, Faculty of Law

Evelyne Kostanska, JD, President, LAW and Fellow, PETA Foundation

Camille Labchuk, President, Student Animal Legal Defense Fund, UofT Chapter and Campaign Manager, LAW

Questions? [email protected]; Toll Free: 1-800-668-8900

Lawyers for Animal Welfare (LAW) is an incorporated Registered Charity dedicated to advancing public knowledge of animal practices and preventing the abuse and killing of animals through the enforcement of existing laws.

Tax deductible donations can be made on the website using credit card or PayPal at: or by contacting the organization to make alternative arrangements.

For more information contact LAW at: info AT