Animal Justice with Nathaniel Erskine-Smith

May 13, 2016

So episode 37 – a new record.  But you know that right? Because you subscribe to the show on iTunes and have already rated and reviewed the podcast- right?

This week Emilie and I were joined by Liberal MP for Beaches—East York Nathaniel Erskine-Smith to talk about his private members bill designed to reform some of Canada’s animal cruelty laws.

Of course we also could not resist talking about marijuana and a couple other justice issues.

Erskine-Smith has a law degree and a masters in political philosophy and constitutional law. He has worked at litigation firms and has volunteered for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. He has been an outspoken critic of his own party’s drug policy and has raised concerns about the Liberal’s assisted-dying legislation.

There has been some misleading criticism of Erskine-Smith’s animal justice bill – including by the Liberal parliamentry secretary to the Minister of Justice Bill Blair. So it is great to bring some logic to the discussion.

Check out Erskine-Smith’s bill here: Modernizing Animal Protections Act

And check out this great video blog by friend of the podcast Peter Sankoff that destroys the critic’s arguments: Focusing on Bill C-246 – Reforming the Animal Cruelty Provisions of the Code

We also have some new art – it is still new because it is way easier to just copy and past this section each week – from an awesome young designer Parker Mazerolle – serious he is crazy good – go check out his work.

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