September 6, 2021
Episode 84 of the Paw & Order podcast features an interview with Edie Bowles, a solicitor and the co-founder of Advocates for Animals, the UK’s first-ever law firm dedicated to animal protection. Edie is currently representing the non-profit organization The Humane League in a groundbreaking case challenging the use of fast-growing chicken breeds in UK farms.
The group has filed a judicial review over the government’s failure to prevent the use of these commercial chicken breeds that are designed to grow unnaturally large and unnaturally fast. These fast-growing chickens experience a multitude of health problems, and their use may be unlawful under the UK’s animal protection legislation. The outcome of this case could have significant implications for how chickens are raised for meat in the UK.
In the news, Canada is soon having a federal election, and Animal Justice is involved with Voters for Animals, an initiative designed to raise the profile of animal issues during election season, and to help animal-friendly candidates get elected. Hosts Jessica Scott-Reid and Camille Labchuk also discuss the Conservatives and Liberals including animal welfare in their election platforms—a first for federal parties, Winnipeg launching a public consultation on progressive changes to its animal by-laws, a two-part piece in the Vancouver Sun about police violence towards animals, a beluga dying and another pronounced sick after being transferred from Marineland to the US, and Animal Justice going to the Supreme Court to intervene in a case on public interest standing.
The Hero of the episode is A&W for bringing back the Beyond chicken nuggets! And the zero is Reptilia, a reptile zoo that wants to expand to downtown Toronto.
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To our producer, Shannon Nickerson, and podcast editor Micahl Contos.
To Kevin Lacroix for the podcast logo and for the musical sting in our podcast intro.
To DJ Quads for our intro, transition and outro music.