Windrift Adventures Loses Defamation Case

Windrift Adventures, an Ontario dog sledding operation with a history of alleged animal cruelty, lost a defamation lawsuit against journalists and animal advocates. The lawsuit stemmed from a critical CTV W5 investigation named "Dogs in Distress," which raised concerns about Windrift's treatment of dogs. The Ontario Superior Court of Justice dismissed the case, emphasizing the public interest nature of dog sledding issues, casting doubt on Windrift's harm claims, and underscoring the importance of media freedom in industry discussions. The court's decision is a blow against Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPPs), which are commonly used to silence critics who speak up about matters of public interest. National animal law organization Animal Justice celebrates the decision as a win for animals, free expression, and a blow against dog sledding cruelty.