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#90: Court of Appeal Says Animals Are Sentient & Deserve Protection

Animal Justice 2 December 2021 2

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In Episode 90 of the Paw & Order podcast, hosts Camille Labchuk and Peter Sankoff discuss the groundbreaking Alberta Court of Appeal decision in R v Chen, in which Animal Justice was an intervenor. The appeal involves the appropriate approach to sentencing in criminal animal cruelty cases. The Court held that because animals are sentient beings that experience pain and suffering, crimes against them are crimes of violence and should be treated differently from property offences.

In this episode, Camille and Peter also announce that the Paw & Order podcast is wrapping up at the end of 2021, after four wonderful years. The hosts give a heartfelt thanks to the incredible listeners, and everyone who came together to make the show possible, and reflect on some of the show’s big accomplishments.

Paw & Order is Canada’s only animal law podcast, and is hosted by two of Canada’s leading animal lawyers, Camille Labchuk and Peter Sankoff.

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