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Beyond Cages: Animal Law and Criminal Punishment

February 11, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm


You are invited to a special lecture featuring Justin Marceau, Professor and Animal Legal Defense Fund Professor of Law at the University of Denver. Professor Marceau is an expert in the fields of criminal law and animal law, and has published leading articles in both disciplines.

Professor Marceau will discuss his new book, Beyond Cages: Animal Law and Criminal Punishment.

When: Monday, February 11, 6:30 pm

Where: Room J125, Jackman Law Building, 78 Queen’s Park, University of Toronto Faculty of Law

For all the diversity of views within the animal protection movement, there is a surprising consensus about the need for more severe criminal justice interventions against animal abusers. More prosecutions and longer sentences, it is argued, will advance the status of animals in law and society. Breaking from this cold, Professor Justin Marceau demonstrates that a focus on ‘carceral animal law’ puts the animal rights movement at odds with other social justice moments, and may be bad for humans and animals alike. Animal protection efforts need to move beyond cages and towards systematic solutions if the movement hopes to be true to its own defining ethos of increased empathy and resistance to social oppression. Providing new insights into how the lessons of criminal justice reform should be imported into the animal abuse context, Beyond Cages is a valuable contribution to the literature on animal welfare and animal rights law.

The event is jointly presented by the Animal Law Lab at University of Toronto Faculty of Law, Animal Justice, the University of Toronto Animal Justice club, and the Osgoode Hall Animal Justice club. Refreshments will be served.


February 11, 2019
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Jackman Law Building, Room J125 – University of Toronto Faculty of Law
78 Queen's Park Crescent
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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