AuthorPeter Sankoff; Vaughan Black; Katie Sykes
Lesli Bisgould established Canada’s f‌irst animal rights law practice, in
which she acted for individuals and organizations for ten years in a variety
of animal-related cases. Lesli is an adjunct professor at the University of
Toronto Faculty of Law, where she teaches a course on animals and the law.
She has lectured widely on animal rights law across Canada, the United
States, and Australia, and she is a frequent media commentator on the
subject. In , she was the international law lecturer for the Austral-
ian animal protection institute Voiceless, where she compared the com-
mercial hunt for seals in Canada to that of kangaroos in Australia. She is
the author of Animals and the Law (Irwin Law, ), the f‌irst Canadian law
text on the subject. Lesli currently works mainly in the areas of human
rights and poverty law, and is the barrister at Legal Aid Ontario’s Clinic
Resource Oce.
Vaughan Black (LLB, Toronto; LLM, Berkeley) is a professor at the Schulich
School of Law at Dalhousie University, where he has taught for more than
thirty years. During that time he has also been the Fulbright Visiting Re-
search Chair in Transborder Studies at Arizona State University, a visiting
scholar at the UCLA School of Law, a visiting professor at the University of
Auckland, the James Lewtas Visiting Professor of Law at Osgoode Hall Law
School (twice), a lecturer at The Hague Academy of International Law, and
the Walter Owen Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Law at the University

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