Supreme Court of Canada: some bestiality is legal
OTTAWA - June 9, 2016 - The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies is shocked by the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision today in which they ruled 7-1 that bestiality is only illegal if it involves acts of penetration. This horrifying loophole will remain open unless Parliament takes action to create a broader definition of bestiality under the Criminal Code of Canada.
This is one of the amendments proposed by Bill C-246, the Modernizing Animal Protections Act, which is currently before Parliament.
"Bill C-246 offers us a timely opportunity to address this egregious loophole in Canadian law," says Barbara Cartwright, CEO of the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies (CFHS). "Bestiality used to be a legal grey area, but we’re now facing a serious vulnerability for animals. We likely will see an increase in the sexual exploitation of animals as a result of this ruling. Parliament must act to right this wrong now."
Canada is widely considered to be a progressive, civilized country with plenty of laws on the books to protect its citizens from various forms of violence, disorderly conduct and theft. But it has a dismal record when it comes to protecting animals from cruelty, abuse and neglect. Bill C-246 aims to update section 160 of the Criminal Code to ensure that all forms of sexual abuse of animals remain illegal.
There is a strong and sustained will on the part of the Canadian people to see that justice be done for animals in this country. If we all work together and raise our voices in support of this Bill, the change that animals need will be possible.
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Communications and Marketing Manager
Canadian Federation of Humane Societies
(613) 224-8072 ext. 12