2012 Voiceless Animal Law Lecture Series

For ten years, the annual Voiceless Animal Law Lecture Series hosted international leaders in animal law to share their expertise. Going forward, this ground-breaking series will continue online to discuss the latest developments in animal law worldwide, to inspire and educate animal advocates.

Hunted by Land and Sea

In 2012 Voiceless explored legal comparisons between the commercial hunting of seals in Canada and kangaroos in Australia.

Our keynote speaker, Lesli Bisgould, shared her legal insights from Canada where harp seals are hunted in the world’s largest commercial slaughter of marine mammals – almost 4 million have been lawfully killed in the last 20 years. Lesli is a leader in animal law, having practised in the area for ten years, authored the first Canadian text on the subject and lectured widely throughout Canada and the US.

Australia’s iconic kangaroos are hunted in the largest commercial slaughter of land-based wildlife on the planet – almost 90 million have been lawfully killed in the last 20 years. Local speakers gave a legal perspective on the commercial hunting of kangaroos in 12 venues nationwide. 

With two countries holding such similar records, it is worthwhile exploring the legal parameters of the hunts. In order to do this, Voiceless was proud to present Canadian lawyer Lesli Bisgould as our keynote speaker for 2012. In a fascinating presentation, Lesli reflected on her experiences with the seal hunt and offered insights into Australia’s own native hunt.

Watch the 2012 Voiceless Animal Law Lecture Series keynote presentation.