Panel Discussion on Fur Farming – March 6, 2024

Join us for a panel discussion about fur farming in Canada on March 6, 2024 from 12-1pm PT.

Hosted by The Fur-Bearers and moderated by Victoria Shroff, this panel discussion will examine the impacts that fur farming has on animals, the environment, and public health. The webinar will provide an overview of fur farming and update on recent events including British Columbia’s mink farming ban, the discovery of wolf, bobcat, and lynx fur farms, the public health risks of H5N1, SARS-CoV-2, and other infectious diseases associated with fur farming. Placing Canada in the international context, it is on an ever-shrinking list of countries where fur farming is legal and practiced. This discussion will highlight the concerns of fur farming and how individuals can advocate for change.

Registration and details: This discussion will be hosted virtually via Zoom. The event is free to attend, but pre-registration is required. Click here to register.

Speakers for the panel discussion include:

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Victoria Shroff

V. Victoria Shroff, KC, is an animal law lawyer and educator. She is Canada’s first King’s Counsel in animal law, credited as one of Canada’s first animal law lawyers and is the longest serving practitioner in BC. Voted one of Canada’s Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers, Shroff is a Tedx speaker, associate Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, UK and founding-chair of the Canadian Animal Law Study Group. Victoria teaches animal law as an adjunct professor at UBC’s Allard School of Law and at Capilano University.

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Dr. Jan Hajek

Dr. Jan Hajek is an infectious diseases specialist at Vancouver General Hospital and a clinical assistant professor of medicine at the University of British Columbia.
Although his speciality is human health, there is a lot of overlap and interdependency with animal and human health, especially in the area of infectious diseases. Dr. Hajek has worked in Toronto during SARS, in Newfoundland during the H1N1 “swine flu” pandemic, in West Africa during the 2014 Ebola outbreak, and more recently on the COVID ward at Vancouver General Hospital – all epidemics linked to our uses and interactions with animals.

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Judy Wilson Red Hummingbird/tsiqw xwéxwne

Judy Wilson Red Hummingbird/tsiqw xwéxwne formerly served as Kukpi7 (Chief) of the Neskonlith Indian Band since 2007 and as a Council member for eight years prior. She has over 25 years of knowledge, experience and an extensive background in First Nations land rights/specific claims, human rights, children & family jurisdiction, emergency management and supports a wide range of issues including MMIWG2S, climate action, justice reform, environmental & animal rights etc. In addition, she served on many Boards & Committees of a large number of organizations including the Union of BC Indian Chiefs (Secretary Treasurer), First Nations Leadership Council member and currently continues as a board member for First Nations Technology Council (Charity Society), Vancouver MMIWG2S Coalition, Global Indigenous Council, Indigenous Climate Adaptation Technical Working Group, Our Children Our Ways Secretariat and BC Rural Centre Board.

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Aaron Hofman

Aaron Hofman is Director of Advocacy and Policy for The Fur-Bearers. Aaron is passionate about animal protection and works to advance the interests of animals through education, research, advocacy, and policy reform. His work on fur farming with The Fur-Bearers has included legal advocacy, campaigning during the COVID-19 pandemic, and researching the scale of the Canadian fur farm sector. He holds a master’s degree in International Studies from Simon Fraser University and a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from the University of Calgary, where he studied animal ethics and applied ethics.

To register for the event please click here. You will receive further information regarding the Zoom links for this webinar in your email, so please select ‘I would like updates’ during the registration process.

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