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GRIDA’s goal is to define a modern, legal approach to issues of animal security and welfare that combines its purpose and the appropriate juridical instruments

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For several years now, animal suffering has led to the emergence of multidisciplinary reflection on the animal condition. Trapped within the rigid structure of civil law, which does not recognize animals as persons, animals were treated as chattel goods that are subject to abuse. Facing the inadequacy of the model which continued to maintain the "machine-animal" theory – an ethological hypothesis that emerged from classical theories of the mechanistic movement, which postulated that animals do not suffer any more than they think (Descartes) – the time had finally come to take action.

This is what the provincial government undertook in 2015 at then Quebec Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Pierre Paradis’ initiative. Driven by the evolution of their collective representation, animals now take on a legal standing which reflects their real nature: beings that have feelings and biological needs.

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The International Research Group in Animal Law (GRIDA) was established in January 2007 as a research unit within the Department of Juridical Sciences at the University of Quebec at Montréal (UQAM). Founded by professor Martine Lachance, GRIDA’s mission is to ...


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