With separate degrees in Animal Biology and Law, Marcie Moriarty draws on all aspects of her background and education as head of the BC SPCA’s Prevention and Enforcement Department. Marcie completed her degrees at the University of British Columbia. She was called to the bar in May 2003 and went on to practice civil litigation with the firm of Quinlan Abrioux in Vancouver.
Her passion for animal welfare and advocacy soon led her to a career with the BC SPCA in 2005 as General Manager of the society’s Cruelty Investigations Department. In this role, she oversaw a department of over 26 full-time constables who were responsible for responding to up to 7000 animal cruelty complaints a year.
In 2012, Marcie took on her current role leading a department that combines cruelty investigations, stakeholder relations and scientific programs. Some of the successes of the Prevention and Enforcement Department that she is most proud of include the strengthening of the provincial animal cruelty laws to include higher penalties, inclusion of codes of practice for dairy cows, and regulation of dog and cat breeders.
In addition, Marcie was a key contributor to the creation of the National Centre for the Prosecution of Animal Cruelty (NCPAC), which is a community of Crown Prosecutors and allied professionals from across Canada who are working together in the service of the public interest to ensure that crimes against animals are prosecuted effectively and efficiently. As a result of her work with the NCPAC, Marcie was awarded the CFHS National Animal Welfare Leadership and Innovation Award in 2016. She serves on the Humane Canada Board of Directors as vice-chair representing the BC SPCA.
During her time at the BC SPCA, Marcie has presented to numerous students, stakeholder groups, conferences, and the media on the subject of animal cruelty law and was an adjunct professor at the UBC School of Law where she taught animal law.