TORONTO & ONTARIO ANIMAL LAWYERS

The firm has a depth of experience in animal law issues, including acting throughout Ontario for animal owners, breeders & trainers, veterinary practices, farmers, animal-related businesses, and animal welfare organizations. Animal Law has now been established as an important area of legal practice in its own right; we are one of the few law firms in Canada which conducts a focussed animal law practice. 

Animal Law Areas of Practice

1. Canines - purchase, sale, breeding, training, kennel & show contracts • dispute resolution & court litigation • government regulatory compliance including import, export, housing & taxation • incorporation, business organization, trademarks, corporate & association governance, and real estate transactions • charitable status • estate planning

2. Equines - purchase, sale, breeding, leasing, training, coaching, boarding & transport contracts and waivers • dispute resolution & court litigation • government regulatory compliance, including import, export, racing & taxation • incorporation, business organization, trademarks, corporate & association governance, and real estate transactions • charitable status • estate planning

3. Farm - purchase, sale, breeding, transport, feed, pasture and housing of animals legal issues • dispute resolution & court litigation • government regulatory compliance, including import, export, acceptable farm practices & taxation • incorporation, business organization, trademarks, corporate & association governance, and real estate transactions • family law • estate planning

4. Felines & Exotics - purchase, sale & breeding contracts • disputes resolution & court litigation • government regulatory compliance, including import, export & taxation • incorporation, business organization, trademarks, corporate & association governance, and real estate transactions • estate planning

5. Animal Welfare - we assist non-profits and charities in improving the lives of animals, including: 

  • constitution drafting, incorporation, registration for charitable status, and ongoing governance compliance with statutory requirements
  • advice on government compliance verification & enforcement issues
  • board of directors, membership & fundraising issues
  • acquisition or disposal of real or moveable property
  • contract drafting and negotiation of agreements
  • dispute settlement, including court & tribunal representation

6. Liability - death or injury caused by or to animals by negligence or intentional acts or omissions

    7. Family - custody and visitation of pets upon dissolution of marriage or cohabitation

    8. Trade & Customs - import and export permitting of animals, including resolution of disputes with government

    9. Regulatory - Federal, Provincial, Municipal, Professional and Voluntary Codes of Practice regulatory compliance, including responding to demands for information, inspections, negotiation for resolution of compliance issues, and court or tribunal representation & advocacy

    10. Veterinary Medicine - see our dedicated page

    The Animal Law Lawyers

    Gordon S. Campbell is the firm's Animal Law practice leader. In addition to representing those involved in animal businesses, organizations, veterinarians and owners, he's acted as legal counsel on animal issues to Government of Canada ministries, served as a Federal Crown Prosecutor and Assistant Crown Attorney for animal-related prosecutions, provided enforcement training to animal welfare organizations, been interviewed by The Lawyers' Weekly for his Animal Law expertise, and is the author of the Investigator's Legal Handbook, 1st & 2nd ed. (Carswell: 2006 & 2014) and Le manuel juridique de l'enquêteur (Yvon Blais: 2010). 

    Yael Benyair is the firm's lead Law Clerk for the Animal Law practice.

    Articles for Further Reading on Animal Law

    Estate Planning for Your Pet

    Civil Liability for your Pet

    Contract Disputes Concerning Pets

    What to Do if You Witness a Dog (or Other Animal) in a Hot Car