A calf-roping event in Calgary. Animal activists have made their way to the Supreme Court of Canada in the battle to protect animals. We see a guy in jean shirt and white cowboy had with a brown calf stretched out between his arms that he is about to throw to the ground. The man has a strained expression (to put it mildly) on his face. The calf looks terrified.

Calf-roping in Calgary. Animal activists are making their way up the legal ladder to try to bring it to an end.
Photo Credit: CBC / Todd Korol

Animal activists will get their day before Supreme Court of Canada

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The thing about animal activists is they don’t give up–easily or ever.

And maybe all the lobbying and the legal efforts are starting to pay off.

nimal rights path to the Supreme Court of Canada. We see a lovely woman of about 30 tilting slightly to her right as she sits behind a white baby seal, which she is comforting. She wears a bright red parka, has a lovely smile and and open face.
Camille Labchuk, a lawyer, is director of legal advocacy for Animal Justice. © cbc.ca

In early September, following years of mounting pressure, McDonald’s announced it will transition to using free-run eggs exclusively in its restaurants over the next 10 years, a move that is predicted to create ripples throughout the entire food service industry and result a far better lives for chickens and hens.

Earlier this month, Humane Voters Canada endorsed eight candidates in the federal election who are firmly committed to animal protection, so activists have their foot in the traditional politics door.

National animal law non-profit Animal Justice Canada Legislative Fund is in a major fight with the city fathers in Victoria, British Columbia, which activists say has no authority to remove potbelly pigs from family homes.

The case involves long-time Victoria resident Mike Downey, who lives with two potbelly pigs, Athena and Vishnu, whom he considers part of the family.

Acting on a bylaw that prohibits keeping farm animals in the City of Victoria, city officials gave Downey until Sept. 30 to get the animals out of his home.

There has been no resolution yet, but Anna Pippus, Animal Justice’s director of farmed animal advocacy says she is optimistic that Animal Justice will prevail.

Perhaps, most important, Animal Justice  is going to argue a case before the Supreme Court of Canada in November.

Camille Labchuk is director of legal advocacy for Animal Justice. She spoke by phone from her Toronto office about the the animal rights movement and the case going to Canada’s highest court.

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5 comments on “Animal activists will get their day before Supreme Court of Canada
  1. Avatar Sonia Olejarz says:

    Stop this cruel

  2. Avatar Marko Madrazo says:

    Best wishes for this couple and for the animal and all animals that are wrongly treated as nothing more than food.
    How many animals must be sacrificed before we come to our senses? Animal lives matter.

  3. Avatar cath ens-hurwood says:

    amen to that Jenna Miles….although it sounds better to say that the birds are “free run” their is still a lot of cruelty …from the hatcheries right through to the slaughterhouse. Giving them a bit of floor space might be marginally better, but not much.

  4. Avatar Jenna Miles says:

    It is a myth that free range and cage free eggs result in less cruelty to the chickens. Usually it just means an ammonia filled shed with thousands of birds. The hens are all born in hatcheries where the male chicks are suffocated or ground up alive. http://www.humanemyth.org