V.Victoria Shroff of Shroff & Associates, Adjunct Professor University of BC’s Allard School of Law, Faculty, Capilano University :V. Victoria Shroff has been making a powerful impact on the landscape of animal law in Canada and the world the last couple of years. She is first an advocate and innovator in animal law before being an outstanding animal law lawyer. As BC’s longest serving animal law practitioner, her work has had a significant footprint reaching lawyers, the media, judiciary, Prosecutors, defence counsel, justice and animal stakeholders. Shroff has been a trailblazer leading animal law issues country wide via her ground-breaking, unique practice with domestic and wild animals, with contributions to legislative change for animals municipally, provincially and federally. She regularly provides pro bono legal work on animal law issues while educating lawyers, students, paralegals and even judiciary on animal law. Victoria recently received a letter of congratulations from the Premier of BC and has been positively influencing law students as an animal law instructor at UBC’s Allard school of law since 2016. Her impact continues as the instructor of Canada’s first paralegal course on animal law at Capilano University.
She authored the “bible” textbook on Animal Law http://ow.ly/Y5EF50FV0Ev and continues to speak on the many legal developments on animal law at conference including such issues as pet custody, the Violence Link and dealing with dangerous dog applications. Writing “Canadian Animal Law” has provided her another platform to speak and instruct on animal law and encourage policy discussion including influencing future Government and legal plans and policies. As a leader in animal law she wields a lot of power as she is an amazing resource in respect to recent case law and legal development as well as a resource person bringing leaders in the judiciary, legal and prosecutorial communities to develop and push animal law. She has a unique ability to get the leading individuals in animal law to develop policies and educate key animal law stakeholders including the judiciary and prosecutors.
Shroff is a 2023 TedX speaker (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Atb0SyUN3HA) and continues to be active with legal publications, frequently called upon by media regarding ‘danger animals’ pet insurance, pet custody, domestic and wildlife issues. Her input to policy makers and those in power resulted in the Attorney General of BC quoting Victoria in their media release concerning “ground-breaking” amendments to new pet custody laws.
Shroff appeared in 3 documentaries in 2022 talking about animals and the law; 5 animal law podcasts and appeared at all levels of Court on animal law matters. Her knowledge of the latest in animal law has carved her a niche teach and reach other influential leaders, lawyers and policy makers.
In 2022, Shroff argued a case concerning fur farming in BC’s Supreme Court which engaged important issues of standing for animals. Celebrated and recognized for her contributions as animal lawyer-educator, as finalist for Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers multiple times, recipient of SEEDS award, YWCA’s Women of Distinction Award finalist/nominee (2021-2023), winner of the Hitachi Excellence award, Capilano Universe speaker.
Victoria was recently appointed associate Fellow Oxford Centre for Animal Law. Recognized as the leader in animal law and asked for her perspective on animal law all across Canada and the world including speaking at several animal law conferences. Most significant she chaired and spoke at CLE BC’s 1st ever Animal Law Conference in 2022 and has submitted a national animal law section proposal to the CBA. To learn more about Shroff Animal Law: www.shroffanimallaw.com