Way back in June, we said that 2019 was shaping up to be a very good year for animals, and we were right. 2019 was a year where we can truly celebrate many improvements in animal welfare. Let’s take a look back!
The animal protection system in Canada is complaint- based. In other words, an investigation into allegations of animal abuse can’t begin until someone files a complaint, and it is well established that those who would report wrongdoing – especially employees – will not do so in a climate of fear and reprisals.
Alberta case is clear example of the impact of weak federal animal cruelty legislation. Abuser moved from Saskatchewan to Alberta and there is nothing stopping her from moving to another province and starting all over again.
On Remembrance Day, Humane Canada places a wreath at the National War Memorial, during the ceremony in Ottawa to help us all remember the sacrifices made by these noble animals as they fought the good fight.
We want a humane Canada with federal legislation that protects animals from cruelty and provides a framework to ensure animals are treated humanely and with respect. In many areas, our laws are significantly out of date. We lag behind the international animal welfare community. When Canadians are polled on these issues, we see overwhelming support for taking action to treat animals more humanely.
Every year at this time, we hold our collective breath in anticipation of the death that will inevitably come at the Calgary Stampede and usually it involves a horse in the Chuckwagon races. Since 2000 nearly 40 horses have been killed during theses races – the only year that didn’t have a death was 2003.
We are now halfway through 2019, and it’s shaping up to be a very good year for animals. In the next few days Canadians can reasonably expect four new measures that advance animal welfare to become law – signaling a significant shift in the way we are thinking about the legal framework that governs animal protection.
Humane Canada is pleased to see Solicitor General Sylvia Jones commitment to develop robust animal protection legislation that provides transparency and accountability. Today’s announcement is a step forward to improve animal safety in communities across Ontario.
Last week Bill C-84 which broadens the definition of bestiality as well as updating the animal fighting section of Canada’s Criminal Code, passed a third reading in the House of Commons While it’s clear how these important changes will protect animals from sexual abuse and violence, many people may be unaware of how Bill C-84 strengthens our protection of children.