This website was created to showcase the work of students in TRU Law’s Animals and the Law class, taught by Professor Katie Sykes.
A class assignment was to create an informative piece to raise public awareness about a problem or issue in animal law.
One of the biggest problems with the law that is supposed to protect animals is that people generally don’t realize how ineffective the law is: how many gaps and loopholes there are, how weak enforcement is, how much mistreatment of animals is legal or carried on with impunity. We think the law is there to prevent animal suffering and harm to animals, but the reality doesn’t measure up.
The students’ multimedia creations – podcasts, a video and a website – explore fascinating questions about animal law. They are clever and thought-provoking. Check them out, and you’ll find out something you didn’t know before about animals and the law.
How the website got its name:
A panel of lawyers who practice animal law gave a fantastic presentation to our class in March. They all experienced teasing about taking “dog files” – that’s lawyer jargon for a terrible file that no one else wants, but here it literally meant files about dogs.