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#48: Death Row Dog Named Punky Loses Last Appeal

Animal Justice 8 February 2020 4

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February 7, 2020

In Episode 48, Peter & Camille discuss the case of Punky Santics, an Australian cattle dog on death row who lost a bid to appeal to Canada’s highest court. The case has broader negative implications for so-called “dangerous” dogs in Vancouver, and the hosts discuss some of the fall-out from this case, and the constant concern in public interest litigation of setting a bad precedent.

The hosts also discuss a recent article about problems with Manitoba animal law enforcement system, Dairy Farmers of Canada’s latest misleading marketing campaign claiming that the dairy industry “puts cows first” (hardly!), and Starbucks’ announcement that the company is moving away from cow’s milk in favour of plant-based milks.

The hero is a coalition of U.S.-based organizations that fought and won against an unconstitutional ag gag law in Kansas. The zero is a pro-farming lawyer Kurtis Andrews, who has been busy writing anti-animal advocacy articles in the Ontario Farmer.

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Animal Justice

Peter Sankoff

Camille Labchuk


Animal Justice

Peter Sankoff


Animal Justice

Camille Labchuk

Special thanks:

To our producer, Shannon Milling, 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.

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2019 Canadian Law Blog Awards Winner

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