#88: Seeking Legal Personhood for Animals

Paw & Order: Canada's Animal Law Podcast by Animal Justice
Paw & Order: Canada's Animal Law Podcast by Animal Justice
#88: Seeking Legal Personhood for Animals
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November 2, 2021

In episode 88 of Paw & Order, hosts Camille Labchuk and Jessica Scott-Reid dive into the concept of legal personhood for animals. Animals are primarily viewed as property under the law, but courts around the world are slowly starting to realize that animals can be legal persons. Recently animals were recognized as legal persons by a U.S. court for the first time in history. The case involves an international fight to protect nearly 100 hippos from being killed in Colombia who are descendants of hippos held in drug lord Pablo Escobar’s private zoo and who are now living in the Magdalena River.

To watch leading legal scholars debate legal personhood for animals beyond this episode, we encourage you to watch our recorded keynote panel from the Canadian Animal Law Conference that took place in October called, “Property, Personhood, or Something New: Reimagining the Legal Status of Animals”. You can register here to gain access to all recorded conference sessions.

In the news, Camille and Jessica discuss a new piece in the farmer’s news source Manitoba Cooperator discussing the defeat of federal ag gag bill C-205, the rise of meat prices and decline of veggie prices, Jessica’s piece in Sentient Media discussing the concept of Small Beef, YouTube being sued over animal abuse videos, and the UK Guardian covering the pandemic risks associated with chicken farms.

Thank you to our podcast sponsor, The Grinning Goat. Get 15% off your purchase of vegan Truth Belts during the month of November by using the code PAWNOVEMBER at grinninggoat.ca.

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Special thanks:

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.