Hi my name is Anna and I am a Crazy Plant Lady. I’m passionate about plants: growing them, cooking them, and eating them. I even like talking and writing about them, which is how I’ve found myself lecturing on food law issues at conferences, government committees, and law schools across the country, appearing regularly in the media, and writing dozens of op eds and even a legal textbook chapter on plant-based food law topics. When I’m not doing that, I’m writing about my vegan family kitchen on this here website, or sharing what I’m cooking over on Instagram.
I’m proud to serve as director of the Plant-based Policy Centre, an initiative to promote plant-based food policies as solutions to environmental, public health, and animal welfare issues in Canada and beyond. I have degrees in law from the University of Toronto and psychology from the University of British Columbia, but I promise I won’t analyze your personality and then argue with you about it.
Here are a few places you can find me online:
Please enjoy the most epic photos I could ever hope to be a part of, alongside four other female Canadian animal lawyers.
You can read some of my thoughts on veganism, farmed animal law, and activism (and get my recipe for miso soup!) here.
Check out my author archives on the Huffington Post and HuffPost Canada (some favourites: the slaughterhouse worker who became an animal liberation activist; the trial of a woman charged with giving water to a thirsty pig; & Canada's food guide shifts towards plant-based eating).
I wrote in the Globe and Mail that we can't criticize dog meat festivals without considering our own eating habits; that our legal system should protect farmed animals; and that animal farming is a serious matter for ethical consideration, among other uncomfortable but important topics.
As a mother I'm especially heartbroken about how our animal farming system destroys families; watch a video I narrated on the inherent sadness of dairy and read my perspective as part of the Mothers Against Dairy campaign.
I enjoyed discussing and debating legal advocacy for animals with Steven Wise and Maneesha Deckha for the Animal Charity Evaluators.
Learn why I'm vegan in this mini-doc from Kornelia Kulbacki.
Do you think an Animal Charter of Rights and Freedoms sounds nuts? I don't, as I told a CTV News Magazine program.
I've had some long, heady conversations, which I thoroughly enjoyed, on Terry Haig's show on Radio-Canada International.
As animal protection lawyers, we use existing laws in creative ways; Toronto Star profiled some of that strategy.
Please get in touch if you'd like to work together!
some nice things people i admire said about me.
let's be friends on social media.