Demand Canada Crack Down on Animal Cruelty

Target: Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food for Canada

Goal: Send a strong message against cruelty to animals with a holistic Canadian animal welfare law.

In comparison to many countries, Canada lacks a solid foundation on which to build strong animal cruelty laws. While the Canadian Criminal Code defines animal cruelty and encourages punishment for such offenses, each Canadian province is generally left to its own discretion. A lack of national case laws and precedents creates an environment where judges often only hand out minimum sentences. More stringent national animal welfare laws could reverse this trend.

Much of the legal terminology in Canada surrounding animal cruelty has not changed in over a century. For one, a clear definition of ‘animal’ has never been established, and as such most animals – especially wildlife and non-domesticated animals – receive essentially no protection. In addition, animal cruelty cases are usually not pursued as an ‘indictable’ offense, a designation that typically results in more severe penalties. While cruelty to farm animals sometimes carries a more significant charge, even these cases rarely result in significant jail time, or any jail time at all, for the offender. Farm animals are not entirely safe either, though, because if the treatment of these animals is regarded as ‘standard industry practice,’ then no true regulations apply.

Due to gaps in the Criminal Code and in Canada’s Health of Animals Act (which does not adequately address safe standards for food, water, or safe transportation of animals), many provinces have worked to strengthen their legislation. Yet many more still lag behind, and the absence of a clear national framework does not help.

The Canadian Agriculture Department has ignored this issue for too long. Sign the petition below and demand that Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay encourage immediate talks regarding national legislation that will set a positive precedent in protecting Canada’s precious animals.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Minister MacAulay,

Canada is a progressive country in many respects, but in at least one crucial arena it stands far behind its peers. The humane treatment of animals is an important benchmark of any civilized nation that prides itself on advancement and development.

Currently, your laws do little to address the conditions crucial to animal welfare, from basic sustenance to adequate housing and transportation. Individuals who would inflict harm on another living being receive scarce punishment that might otherwise deter future abuses and cruelties. In multiple cases, your laws do not even agree on the definition of an animal.

Many of your provinces have taken the lead in correcting these missteps, but they cannot affect true change in isolation. They need strong guidance, which is why we urge you to embrace your leadership role and help strengthen the Criminal Code regarding animal cruelty as well as the Health of Animals Act. Please work towards an updated, cohesive, and comprehensive legislative initiative that prioritizes animal welfare and undeniably distinguishes animal cruelty as a black mark on humanity and the humanity within us all.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Gerry Broome

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19 Comments

  1. Worst country for animal welfare! Let’s not forget clubbing baby seals! Horrific! For years and years!

  2. Set an example to the world Canada!

  3. The problem here is that the CANADIAN MINISTERS ARE BACK BONELESS & AS WELL AS DUE TO THEIR INCAPABLE OF DECISION-MAKING, THE LAWS ARE BACKWARD TOO. Canadian Government need to have a Minister who is worthy enough to take a stance & to stand up on behalf of the Vulnerable Sentient Beings. There should be stiffer fines and punishments for the Animal abusers. This backbone less no brainers laws does not work any longer. Need to make an Animal Abuse a Felony. REFORM the Animal welfare Policies and Implement as same. This ANIMAL ATROCITY IN CANADA NEED TO BE ADDRESSED MORE DILIGENTLY…and ASAP…

  4. The problem here is that the CANADIAN MINISTERS ARE BACK BONELESS & AS WELL AS DUE TO THEIR INCAPABLE OF DECISION-MAKING, THE LAWS ARE BACKWARD TOO. Canadian Government need to have a Minister who is worthy enough to take a stance & to stand up on behalf of the Vulnerable Sentient Beings. There should be stiffer fines and punishments for the Animal abusers. This backbone less no brainers laws does not work any longer. Need to make an Animal Abuse a Felony. REFORM the Animal welfare Policies and Implement as same. This ANIMAL ATROCITY IN CANADA NEED TO BE ADDRESSED MORE DILIGENTLY…and ASAP…

  5. The Canadian government and citizens should be ashamed of themselves for all the horrible animal cruelty that they allow to continue in their country. Canada must be the worst country in the western hemisphere for animal cruelty and what they do to baby seals is beyond comprehension. It’s time they understood that the world can do without the fur from animals. Fur belongs on animals not on the backs of people.

  6. Patricia Dumais says:

    I’m counting on my country to toughen up its laws. There have been too many horrific cases of animal abuse where the perpetrators only get a slap on the wrist.

  7. Signed & shared

  8. Eating animals is a mortal sin. We are guilty of that too, but I can BOYCOTT your country for making animals suffer more.

  9. Barton Dixon says:

    “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” Mahatma Gandhi
    “If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals.” Albert Einstein
    “Compassion for animals is intimately connected with goodness of character; and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.” Authur Schopenhauer
    “If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.” St. Francis of Assisi

  10. CRIMINALS WOULD LOVE TO LIVE THERE. GET OFF YOUR ASSES AND START PROTECTING ANIMALS!

  11. Animal welfare laws are PATHETIC!! We must ensure those who commit cruelty towards animals face suitably tough punishments. If we do not properly punish these people then as a society we are essentially legitimising abuse against animals.

  12. Voters must make stronger demands, not getting lulled in by baby-kissers and selfie-takers.
    Animal Rights must become an election issue!

    Think ahead of voting time! Get rid of useless politicians! It is us, the public, that pays their wages and supports their utterly incredible pensions & perks!

  13. “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” Mahatma Gandhi.
    Any nation that abuses animal in any way, whether it be factory farming, fur/leather farming, animal experimentation, glue traps, animal circuses and etc… Simply cannot be a great nation.

  14. Canada also allows the slaughter of horses too, which is cruel and disgusting.

  15. agree all above what’s wrong with these cruel countries and laws.

  16. damned rednecks – you have to pay for your body and life
    the karma is coming for sure

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