World Vegan Day: Discussing the Legal Rights of Animals

This show was broadcasted on Friday, October 30th, 2020 from Noon to 1pm PST at 100.5fm CFRO and via live internet streaming at It will be posted here shortly afterwards as a podcast, so please do check back soon! 

This show features an interview with Emily Wilson of Law Students’ Legal Advice Program (LSLAP) run by law students at the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia. Our host, Grace Wampold, begins the show by speaking about Vancouver City Council’s passing of the motion to end no pets restrictions in rental housing contracts. She also talks about the proposed seal cull of 50,000 Harbor Seals, 25,000 Stellar Sea Lions, and an ongoing 3,000 seals per year in British Columbia.

Emily Wilson on Law Students’ Legal Advice Program’s New Clinic on Animal Rights and Legal Issues

LSLAP logo containing a feminine figure in a long toga-like dress holding a balance of scales in one hand and a sword in the other. She is standing feet together and pointed outwards from each other, under which a laurel is centered. The upper left diagonal half has the orange background with the components of the logo in royal blue, of which the other diagonal half is reversed in colour.

Emily Wilson is a student at the Peter A. Allard School of Law Program of the University of British Columbia. She has led the new and national pro-bono clinic on animal rights and legal issues for low-income families or individuals dealing with legal issues related to animals such as custody, rental laws, and discrimination against service animals.

The newly launched clinic is part of the Law Students’ Legal Advice Program (LSLAP), which is a non-profit legal advice program run by law students like Emily at the Peter A. Allard School of Law. Along with the faculty and past animal law students, former adjunct professors of animal law Victoria Shroff and Amber Prince helped establish this groundbreaking pro-bono animal law clinic and its consulting lawyers.

The phone number for LSLAP switchboard is (604) 822-5791. LSLAP cannot give legal advice over the phone. The office hours are Monday to Friday from 10AM – 4PM and they are closed on all public holiday

In this feature interview, Emily Wilson discusses her motivations for addressing the legal rights for animals, what a degree in animal law can lead to and provide, as well as some real life examples of animal law in practice.

Co-op Radio’s Annual Fall Member Drive

Animal Voices is a volunteer-run program, and we rely on memberships to keep us on air. We have been running for 18 years, creating accessible and informative content for all of our listeners. Our voices are completely independent, as Co-op Radio is not beholden to any corporate sponsors.  For less than the price of one coffee each week, or even just your parking downtown for a day, you can help keep Animal Voices thriving through monthly donations. If you love hearing quality locally-produced animal advocacy programming every week, please consider signing up for a monthly donation to keep us running.

You can sign up and start donating even just $10 a month with the following methods:

  1. Click “donate” online at
  2. Mail a cheque to the station at 370 Columbia St, Vancouver V6A 4J1 (please make sure to send us an email with your full name and mailing address if you need a tax receipt)
  3. Send an e-transfer to

Show produced by Grace Wampold with web content written by Grace Wampold and Asami Hitohara