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Rebeka Breder B.A. Joint Honours, J.D.
Do animals have a voice in court? Do animals have any rights in our legal system? Rebeka will reflect on her lifelong journey on becoming an animal law lawyer.
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Rebeka is the founding lawyer at Breder Law - Western Canada’s first exclusive animal law firm of its kind. Rebeka’s combined experience of over 33 years in the animal protection movement and as a practising lawyer (including at another large firm), is what makes her a leading animal law lawyer in Canada. She has experience at all levels of court and various tribunals. Rebeka’s passion for animal protection and welfare started at an early age, while she was growing up in Montreal. Rebeka is known as a trailblazer in developing Animal Law in Canada.  Rebeka founded the first Animal Law section of the Canadian Bar Association in Canada and is the founder and current Chair of the Animal Law section, B.C. Branch. She dedicates a lot of her time to animal protection causes and sits on the board of directors of various animal protection organizations.

Rebeka’s animal law practice includes: defending “dangerous” dogs, pet custody disputes, general urban animal and wildlife matters, challenging government over the protection of animals, breeder disputes, condominium disputes involving companion animals and veterinary malpractice suits. Rebeka acts exclusively in matters that can develop the rights and welfare of animals. See practice areas here.

Rebeka is a founder of the UBC Animal Law course, and she has been an Adjunct Professor. Rebeka is also a frequent lecturer at various speaking engagements and schools. The media also often interviews her on various topical issues in the news.

Rebeka was voted as one of the Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada, winning the Changemakers category in 2019 in Canadian Lawyer magazine. She received the SEEDS Award from The International Society of Animal Rights in 2019. She was also voted by her peers as one of Canada’s best lawyers by Best Lawyers Canada in 2022 and 2023. Most recently, Rebeka had the privilege of being selected as a TEDx speaker in 2023.

Rebeka is fluent in English, French, and Serbo-Croatian, and she has knowledge of Hebrew and Yiddish. Rebeka lives in Metro Vancouver with her husband, daughter, and their rescue dog and cats, where they all enjoy British Columbia’s beautiful outdoors.

Amanda Siu Animal Law Legal Assistant
Noa Zwanenburg
Rebeka Breder
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