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New Bill Targets Animal Cruelty....

May 17th, 2005, 01:28 PM
Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Dateline: OTTAWA

Justice Minister Irwin Cotler has tabled legislation to sharply increase penalties for deliberate cruelty to animals. The bill would make it an offence to kill animals in a brutal or vicious manner but would permit established practices such as fishing and hunting, including the seal hunt. The maximum penalty under the bill would be five years in prison. It's the fifth time such legislation has been tabled. Previous versions have been highly controversial, but Cotler said the bill has been refined with each rewriting.

May 17th, 2005, 01:48 PM
Is there somewhere that we could sign for support of this bill? Sorry I'm not very good at the political aspect of things. :o

May 17th, 2005, 02:35 PM
Here's some more info. If you support it, send Cotler an email, also any senators from your province. I have a bit of experience in this area and believe me, numbers do count.


Minister Cotler says Bill to Protect Animals reflects views of Canadians

OTTAWA , May 16, 2005 – Irwin Cotler, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today introduced legislation in the House of Commons which modernizes and strengthens Canada’s animal cruelty laws.

“Canadians want legislation to protect against cruelty and contempt for animal well-being and they expect the criminal justice system to treat such behaviour seriously,” said Minister Cotler. “This legislation will effectively modernize our legal protection against intentional cruelty to animals and increase maximum penalties available for such cruelty and for criminal neglect of animals.”

Animal cruelty provisions in the Criminal Code target those who knowingly or recklessly cause unnecessary pain, suffering or injury to an animal or cause pain or injury through criminally negligent conduct.

Specific changes to the Criminal Code will:

no longer classify animal cruelty offences as property crimes;
make it illegal to brutally or viciously kill animals;
raise the penalty for intentional cruelty to a maximum of five years’ imprisonment, up from the current six-month penalty;
give judges the authority to raise the fine for summary convictions to $10,000 from the current maximum fine of $2,000, and for indictable offences, remove the cap on fines entirely;
remove the two years maximum for an order prohibiting someone who is convicted from owning an animal, and;
give judges the authority to order anyone found guilty of animal cruelty to pay restitution to the animal welfare organization that subsequently cared for the animal.
“By increasing penalties and no longer classifying animal cruelty as property crimes, these amendments send a strong message that animal cruelty is about violence, and that is completely unacceptable,” said Minister Cotler.

Extensive consultation with animal industry groups has taken place over the past several years, leading to various changes to the amendments initially proposed. These amendments strike the appropriate balance between strongly denouncing cruelty as a crime of violence while, at the same time, making it clear that lawful and humane practices in a range of contexts, such as scientific research and agriculture, will not be affected. The proposed legislation also affirms traditional Aboriginal hunting and fishing rights.

An online version of the proposed legislation is available at


Denise Rudnicki
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Justice
(613) 992-4621

Media Relations Office
Department of Justice Canada
(613) 957-4207

May 17th, 2005, 03:05 PM
Thanks Badger!

May 17th, 2005, 03:13 PM
One thing I am glad they are changing is the fact that animals are considered property. Its about freaking time!

I sent my letter in support!

May 17th, 2005, 03:43 PM
I heard something briefly about on the radio and I certainly hope it will not once again be shelved :sad:
I wrote Mr Cotler,hopefully it will make a difference if people write him.
It would be a huge step against puppy-mills and other animal cruelty,to bad it could not include the devils who tortured poor Kensington the cat to death!! Lets hope the Bill is passed!!