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UP #98: Creating A Morally Just World For Animals With Camille Labchuk

UP #98: Creating a Morally Just World for Animals with Camille Labchuk

“The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for white, or women created for men.” —Alice Walker

This week, we explore the burgeoning new world of animal law.

As old patriarchal systems continue to collapse, its becoming increasingly evident that legal systems worldwide are designed to protect the perpetrators of the destruction of life. We only need to look at how frequently those who perpetuate violence and destruction against animals, women and the earth either get off scott-free or with a token slap on the wrist. This is no longer cutting it!

It takes someone with an immense amount of integrity to immerse themselves into a corrupt system to create change. This week’s conversation is with an amazing truth-seeker who is courageously venturing into the dysfunctional abyss of today’s legal system to create transformation from the inside out.

Camille Labchuk is a warrior of truth on the front lines of change who is working diligently to hold old systems accountable to truth and life.

Camille is the executive director of Canada’s legal voice for animals, Animal Justice. She’s worked to advance the interests of animals for well over a decade. As a lawyer, Camille represents individuals and organizations in animal law cases, defends animal advocates, and seeks out litigation that enhances the interests of animals. As an advocate, Camille’s work includes documenting the commercial seal kill on Canada’s East Coast, exposing cruelty in farming, and campaigns against trophy hunting, circuses, zoos, aquariums, shark finning, puppy mills, and more. She is a frequent lecturer and media commentator on animal issues.

In this week’s show we explore:

• What is animal law?
• Species discrimination within the legal system.
• How society is more compassionate than our system will acknowledge.
• Exposing Canada’s annual seal slaughter.
• Inspiring critical thought for cultural transformation.
• How law doesn’t lead society, society leads law.
• Bringing darkness into the light with animal agriculture.
• Ag-gag laws: silencing truth and criminalizing compassion.
• The accelerating momentum of animal law.

Many of the conversations on this podcast are with change-makers who are creating a better world from outside of the cultural system. Few are with change-makers working within the cultural system. But we need it all.

I’m honoured to bring to you this week’s conversation with my inspirational friend, Camille Labchuck.


• Animal Justice website.
• Animal charter website.

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