Target: Len Webber, Calgary MLA
Goal: Allow stronger sentences for those found guilty of animal abuse
Calgary Canada MLA Len Webberd has proposed a new bill that will remove animals from the property section of the criminal code. This means animals will no longer be considered mere property, allowing stronger sentences for those found guilty of abuse. If it passes into legislation, it would be the first law of its kind in Canada, a dramatic improvement on current laws. This bill deserves our support.
More than 300 people rallied at the Alberta legislature to support Bill C-232, which would allow sentences of up to six months in jail for animal cruelty. Alberta’s Justice Minister Jonathan Denis has already spoken up in support of the bill, saying he plans to propose an amendment in the future that would make the law even stronger by adding mandatory minimum sentences and increased jail time.
The urgency for stronger animal cruelty laws in Alberta comes as a reaction to a series of heinous animal cruelty cases, including the stabbing of Edmonton police dog Quanto and a husky who died because it had its muzzle taped shut. Animal activist Charlee Morgan, who organized the rally outside the Alberta legislature, responded to the recent cases saying, “That was sickening, that hurt, that scarred us. Ever since then, there have been rallies all over, petition signing, Facebook pages created. The time is now, Alberta.”
Alberta is also considering proposing a federal bill called Quanto’s Law that would offer more protection for dogs that work with the police. “There are so many areas of abuse – the puppy mills, the dog fighting, the backyard breeder – all those things” added Morgan. “But none of that can be changed if the animals are still considered property, which they have been since the 1800s. So that’s the number one thing.”
Please take a moment to sign the petition below and demand that Alberta pass Bill C-232 into law and stop considering animals property.
Dear MLA Webber,
You recently proposed Bill C-232, which would remove animals from the property section of the criminal code in Alberta, making it possible to impose stronger penalties for animal cruelty. It would also make the crime punishable by up to six months in prison. Justice Minister Jonathan Denis has even stepped in to announce his intention to propose an amendment that will strengthen the bill even further.
Thank you for working to protect the lives of animals throughout Canada. I join Justice Minister Denis and the thousands of other supporters in Alberta in supporting this landmark bill.
[Your Name Here]
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