Better Animal Crultely Laws in Canada


arob
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In the upcoming elections in Ontario there is a chance to strike a vote for animal rights. This story in Horse Canada magazine about the state of animal cruelty laws in Canada is worth reading, considering

Just this spring

A Simcoe area farmer, Ben Stein let 1500 pigs starve to death. Stein, 28, pleaded guilty to four counts of animal cruelty and was sentenced on Thursday in Simcoe, Ont., court.

His punishment - he was fined $10K and he cannot own livestock anymore.



Ontario SPCA officers went to his pig farm in Langton, Ont., on Feb. 17, 2017, after receiving a concern about the welfare of pigs on the property. They say the officers found dead and dying pigs, and moved the surviving animals to a dry, well-lit area of the barn where they set up triage. An estimated 1,265 pigs were dead when officers arrived , and an additional 250 pigs had to be euthanized due to the severe condition in which they were found.


The bar for charges under the Criminal Code is too high, and because of problematic wording like ‘willful neglect’ many SPCA officers will instead opt to pursue charges under provincial animal cruelty acts which carry no real penalties.

So what can we do about it?



February 2016, Ontario Liberal MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith (Beaches-East York) introduced Bill C-246, a private member’s bill, into parliament. Called The Modernizing Animal Protections Act, Bill C-246 sought to make changes to weak areas of the Criminal Code that make it difficult to prosecute animal cruelty and negligence.

It was voted down after lobbying by hunters and angler and cattleman's associations. We need to start a public awareness campaign to get a public body on side that can counter these organizations. Your thoughts?
 
White_Unifier
#2
Just raise taxes on animal-husbandry businesses. Problem solved.
 
Johnnny
#3
https://openparliament.ca/bills/42-1/C-246/

Quote:

This enactment amends the Criminal Code to consolidate and modernize various offences against animals.

The enactment amends the Fisheries Act to prohibit the practice of shark finning and the Wild Animal and Plant Protection and Regulation of International and Interprovincial Trade Act to prohibit the importation of shark fins that are not attached to the rest of the shark carcass.

It also amends the Textile Labelling Act to modify requirements in respect of animal hair and fur and cat and dog skin, hair and fur.

It also amends the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act to add products made in whole or in part of dog or cat fur or skin to Schedule 2 to that Act to prohibit those products from being imported into Canada or manufactured, advertised or sold in Canada.

Two of these points would create laws against the culinary dishes of Asians, so no the bill will not get passed because the Liberals don't want to lose that voter base. Chinese vote = gone.

Votes are more important than animal welfare.

The shark fin thing should be a law and treated the same way as selling Bear Gall Bladders.

Quote:

It was voted down after lobbying by hunters and angler and cattleman's associations. We need to start a public awareness campaign to get a public body on side that can counter these organizations. Your thoughts?

Weird how those associations lobbied against the bill....


To be honest though the government does NOT CARE about the environment. Its like when the private Bill C-629 was pitched in an attempt to prevent the Asian Carp from getting a foot hold in the great lakes, it was defeated.
 
petros
#4
Why were the pigs starving? What overwhelmed his finances that deterred the buying of feed?
 
Bar Sinister
#5
We could start with an easy one such as banning the docking of ears and tails on dogs. The Brits have already done this so it wouldn't be difficult to copy their legislation.
 
taxslave
#6
Quote: Originally Posted by arob View Post

In the upcoming elections in Ontario there is a chance to strike a vote for animal rights. This story in Horse Canada magazine about the state of animal cruelty laws in Canada is worth reading, considering

Just this spring

A Simcoe area farmer, Ben Stein let 1500 pigs starve to death. Stein, 28, pleaded guilty to four counts of animal cruelty and was sentenced on Thursday in Simcoe, Ont., court.

His punishment - he was fined $10K and he cannot own livestock anymore.



Ontario SPCA officers went to his pig farm in Langton, Ont., on Feb. 17, 2017, after receiving a concern about the welfare of pigs on the property. They say the officers found dead and dying pigs, and moved the surviving animals to a dry, well-lit area of the barn where they set up triage. An estimated 1,265 pigs were dead when officers arrived , and an additional 250 pigs had to be euthanized due to the severe condition in which they were found.


The bar for charges under the Criminal Code is too high, and because of problematic wording like ‘willful neglect’ many SPCA officers will instead opt to pursue charges under provincial animal cruelty acts which carry no real penalties.

So what can we do about it?



February 2016, Ontario Liberal MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith (Beaches-East York) introduced Bill C-246, a private member’s bill, into parliament. Called The Modernizing Animal Protections Act, Bill C-246 sought to make changes to weak areas of the Criminal Code that make it difficult to prosecute animal cruelty and negligence.

It was voted down after lobbying by hunters and angler and cattleman's associations. We need to start a public awareness campaign to get a public body on side that can counter these organizations. Your thoughts?

PSST Hey city boy that is a horse, not a pig.

Quote: Originally Posted by Bar Sinister View Post

We could start with an easy one such as banning the docking of ears and tails on dogs. The Brits have already done this so it wouldn't be difficult to copy their legislation.

Been done. Do try to keep up.
 
spilledthebeer
#7
Quote: Originally Posted by taxslave View Post

PSST Hey city boy that is a horse, not a pig.



Been done. Do try to keep up.


Yes- we NEED to protect the LIE-berals from an angry public as they are a DYING BREED!

 

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