The B.C. Court of Appeal has ruled that “Animal Justice” can intervene in an appeal that could affect the ability of animal advocates to film, photograph, and expose animal suffering.
The case is an appeal of a decision from the B.C. Supreme Court in a lawsuit filed by the Vancouver Aquarium against filmmaker Gary Charbonneau.
Camille Labchuk with “Animal Justice” calls it a small victory.
“This appeal could affect the ability of animal advocates who want to do undercover investigations into animal cruelty.”
Charbonneau made a documentary criticizing the Aquarium for keeping whales and dolphins in captivity.
In response, the Aquarium sought an injunction to have the film removed from the internet.
Back in April, the Aquarium won a partial victory, with the court ruling Charbonneau must remove four minutes of content from his film, but allowing the rest of the film to stay online, at least until the trial.
The case is unusual in that the Aquarium is not arguing defamation on Charbonneau’s part, but rather copyright infringement.
In May, the Court of Appeal granted Charbonneau leave to appeal the injunction decision.