Animal Cruelty Prosecutions: Moving Horizontally vs. Vertically

MONDAY, APRIL 10, 1:00-2:30PM

Rebeka Breder, Animal Law Lawyer, Breder Law
Alanna Devine, Director of Animal Advocacy, SPCA Montreal
Alexandra Janse, Administrative Crown Counsel, Ministry of Justice, Government of British Columbia

Key Learnings:
1) How to take an innovative approach to animal cruelty investigations and prosecutions
2) How to best focus your fundraising and awareness campaigns
3) Areas of research are most pertinent to our changing view of what constitutes animal cruelty"


Rebeka Breder has a B.A. (Joint Honours, McGill University, 2000), and a JD (UBC, 2004). After practising Animal law and Litigation in a large downtown Vancouver law firm for over a decade, Rebeka recently opened Breder Law, which almost exclusively focusses on Animal Law. Rebeka advises clients on a wide range of animal issues including wildlife and regulatory challenges, "dangerous" dog defence, animal ownership/guardianship, wildlife in urban and wild environments, veterinary malpractice claims and custody of companion animals. She founded the first Canadian Bar Association Animal Law section in Canada and remains its Chair. She is also on the Board of Directors of the Vancouver Humane Society.

Alanna Devine, Director of Animal Advocacy at SPCA Montreal, holds a degree in civil and common law from McGill Faculty of Law and is a member in good standing of the Law Society of Upper Canada (the Ontario bar). Before joining the SPCA team Devine clerked for the Honorable Justice Louise Charron at the Supreme Court of Canada. Ms. Devine is responsible for the MSPCA’s cruelty investigations department and serves on a provincial government committee that is considering amendments to Quebec’s animal welfare legislation.

Alex Janse was called to the Bar in 2004. She joined the Kamloops Crown Counsel office in 2005. She has been Regional Animal Cruelty Administrative Crown for the Interior and Kootenays since 2008 and Animal Cruelty Resource Counsel for British Columbia since 2011. She has prosecuted more than 100 animal cruelty files.