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Animals in the Law and Humanities

Animals in the Law and Humanities

From a legal perspective, animals are property and the relationship of humans to animals is one of ownership conceptualized in terms of concepts like control, capture, and domestication. The treatment of animals as property echoes in historical categorizations of married women and slaves as property and invites reflection on the many and often contradictory and potentially problematic ways in which we view and use animals: as pets and as food or clothing; in a taxidermy museum display or in a laboratory setting; revered and romanticized in a zoo or conservation context but disposable in a hunting context. Animals are a quintessential humanistic category in the sense that our understanding and attitude towards them depends so much on the varied ends and purposes we have for them as a species of property to do with as we will. How humans have treated and continue to treat animals tells us a lot about those humans.


Angela Fernandez, Faculty of Law

Faculty at the University of Toronto
Lesli Bisgould, Faculty of Law
Matthew Brower, Faculty of Information
Hilary Cunningham Scharper, FAS Anthropology
Sean Hawkins, FAS History
Lisa A. Kramer, Rotman School of Management
Anne Milne, UTSC English
Mary Nyquist, FAS English and Women & Gender Studies

Faculty outside the University of Toronto
Stefan Dolgert, Political Science, Brock University
Tracy McDonald, History, McMaster University
Ziyaad Mia, Law, York University

Postdoctoral Researchers
Rasheed Tazudeen, UTSC English and Jackman Humanities Institute

Graduate Students at the University of Toronto
Katrina Brazzell, Law
Daniel Cairns-Nedelsky, Law
Maureen Coyle, Sociology
John Enman-Beech, Law
Columba Gonzalez, Anthropology
Chelsea Legge, Law
Katie Longo, Law
Celine Maiolino, Public Policy
Charlie Millar, Law
Jennifer Squibb, Social Work
Scott Tinny, Law
Simon Gooding Townsend, Law
Erin Wattie, Law

Graduate Students outside the University of Toronto
Jessica Eisen, Law, Harvard University
Michelle (Man Ha) Tse, Law, Harvard University

Local Professionals
Sara Beheshti, lawyer
Linda Bronfman, independent researcher
Nicole D’Aoust, lawyer
Suzana Gartner, Gartner Kostanka Animal Law and Mediation
Kari Kais, lawyer
Melanie de Quadros, Articling, Animal Justice Canada
Amy Rattle, Research Coordinator, Faculty of Information
Kathleen Therriault, lawyer
Andrea Wheeler, lawyer

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