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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  

James Gacek

University of Edinburgh

Richard Jochelson

Robson Hall, University of Manitoba Faculty of Law

Date Written: July 1, 2017

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.

Keywords: bestiality, judicial activism, criminal law, animal rights

JEL Classification: K14

Suggested Citation

Gacek, James and Jochelson, Richard, Placing 'Bestial' Acts in Canada: Legal Meanings of 'Bestiality' and Judicial Engagements with Sociality (July 1, 2017). The Annual Review of Interdisciplinary Justice Research Volume 6 (2017) . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2995845

James Gacek

University of Edinburgh ( email )

Old College
South Bridge
Edinburgh, Scotland EH8 9JY
United Kingdom

Richard Jochelson (Contact Author)

Robson Hall, University of Manitoba Faculty of Law ( email )

Winnipeg R3T 5V4, Manitoba
Canada

HOME PAGE: http://www.robsoncrim.com

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