Call for Strict Animal Welfare Laws

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Target: Canada’s Agriculture Minister, Gerry Ritz

Goal: Encourage Canada to adopt stricter animal welfare laws to rise above its current outdated, abusive system

Canada’s animal welfare standards were recently assessed and the result is heartbreaking. The country scored a “D” rating on an academic grading scale, with “A” being exemplary. The country’s animal welfare laws leave much to be desired; a flimsy, plywood roof over a dog’s head is considered sufficient shelter. The Canadian Government insists that it takes its animal welfare standards seriously. However, its low animal-welfare rating says otherwise.

The guidelines for animal welfare in Canada are as insufficient as they come: if the animal has food, shelter and water, it is technically well taken care of. The water could be dirty; shelter could be a piece of plywood stabilized by milk crates; the food could be lacking in proper nutrition. Those opposed to this lax animal welfare law urge government employees to crack down on animal abusers, including pet and livestock owners. However, if the law is not strict, government employees legally cannot be strict, leaving many animals to suffer while living with people who do not care for them properly.

People all over Canada, from citizens to government officials, are upset with the country’s animal welfare standards. There is no reason for Canada to stay with its current, insufficient animal welfare laws. The world now knows how the majority of animals are treated in Canada; the proof is in the “D” rating. Urge Canadian officials to immediately implement stricter animal welfare laws.


Dear Minister Ritz,

Canada’s animal welfare system is extremely outdated. As you know, the country has recently been assessed by World Animal Protection and was given a “D” rating for its animal welfare. This rating is extremely low, and it is no mystery why this rating was given to Canada.

While the Canadian government insists that it is passionate about animal welfare, this rating suggests otherwise. If an animal has food, water and shelter, it is considered “well cared for” by the Canadian government. The animal’s shelter could be a flimsy piece of plywood, its food inadequate and water filthy; no action would be taken against the animal’s owner. This lax approach to animal welfare ensures that numerous animals are mistreated and malnourished.

I urge you, Minister Ritz, to put an end to animal cruelty in Canada. Please act for the animals by instigating a reform of Canada’s animal welfare standards.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: International Animal Rescue via Wikimedia

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