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Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Gacek & Jochelson on Bestiality

James Gacek and Richard Jochelson (University of Edinburgh and Robson Hall, University of Manitoba Faculty of Law) have posted Placing 'Bestial' Acts in Canada: Legal Meanings of 'Bestiality' and Judicial Engagements with Sociality (The Annual Review of Interdisciplinary Justice Research Volume 6 (2017)) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:

This paper undertakes a critical methodology of case law that unpacks the sociality of the legal case. Our paper analyzes the legal case of D.L.W. (2016) through the trial, appellate and Supreme Court decisions, and mines the legal texts produced for reasoning and rhetoric pertaining to the interpretation of the legal term bestiality. The future for animal rights activists in Canada seems especially bleak after the case. Wholesale legislative change might provide the only way forward for activists. By unpacking the legislative, social, factual and judicial understandings of bestiality, it is clear the Supreme Court of Canada decision causes more problems for human-animal relations than it solves.

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