Placing 'Bestial' Acts in Canada: Legal Meanings of 'Bestiality' and Judicial Engagements with Sociality
The Annual Review of Interdisciplinary Justice Research Volume 6 (2017)
26 Pages Posted: 5 Jul 2017
Date Written: July 1, 2017
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.
Keywords: bestiality, judicial activism, criminal law, animal rights
JEL Classification: K14
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