Vets mounting epic human rights battle

[ ED NOTE: Jesse Ferreras was kind enough to let me crosspost this item from his blog. You can read the original here.

Would it be totally cliched of me to say that the fur is flying on this one? ]

B.C. veterinarians are mounting an epic human rights battle in the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal, for which they’ve already paid $2.8 million and 14 complainants have had taxpayers foot their bills.

The case, which began in 2007, saw 14 Indo-Canadians file a collective complaint against the B.C. Veterinary Medical Association, alleging discrimination because it used to have an English language test for all prospective members.

One of the complainants, Hakam Bhullar of Fraser Street’s Atlas Animal Hospital, had his license revoked by the association after a botched surgery in which a dog died and he’s alleged to have tried to bribe its owner into dropping a complaint against him.

There have been 150 days of testimony in this case and 130 more are expected.

If nothing, this case is proof positive of how unfair it is for complainants to be footing the sole legal bills in a human rights case. It is unfathomable to me that the association has had to spend upwards at $2 million while the complainants haven’t spent a thing.

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