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Government (Finally) Moves to Close Bestiality Loophole

Animal Justice 22 hours ago

After a courtroom showdown and years of advocacy by Animal Justice, the federal government finally introduced legislation today to close Canada’s bestiality loophole. The new law also strengthens animal fighting offences. Animal Justice welcomes this news, but believes it is still not enough. The legislation still fails to deliver more comprehensive reform to Canada’s outdated animal cruelty laws.

Over two years ago, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that most forms of bestiality are not illegal under existing animal cruelty laws. Animal Justice intervened in the case to fight bestiality, and urged the federal government to take immediate action to update the laws once the shocking decision was released.

Yet it took years to see action. In 2016, the Liberal government killed a bill introduced by Liberal MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith that would have updated Canada’s archaic animal cruelty laws and addressed bestiality. The public was outraged, and in response government officials promised to launch broad consultations and improve the animal cruelty laws.

Conservative MP Michelle Rempel introduced a private member’s bill to address bestiality in 2017, and sponsored a parliamentary petition started by Animal Justice that gathered thousands of signatures. Meanwhile, tens of thousands of Canadians have contacted the government, seeking stronger laws.

Although the government has finally taken action, Animal Justice believes that animals deserve far more than what they got. Canada still has some of the worst animal cruelty laws in the western world, and this legislation does nothing to change that. Surprisingly, the new laws don’t even give courts the ability to ban bestiality offenders from owning animals in the future, leaving vulnerable animals at risk of ongoing sexual abuse.

In the news release announcing the law, Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould emphasized that the bill wouldn’t interfere with “farming, hunting, and trapping practices,” suggesting the government continues to listen to animal-use industries that profit from animal cruelty, rather than listening to the overwhelming majority of Canadians that support strengthening animal cruelty laws.

Animal Justice will push for changes to the new legislation to ensure those convicted of bestiality cannot own animals in the future, and will continue to fight for an overhaul of Canada’s last-century animal cruelty laws.

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#Voiceless4AnimalJustice Raises Over $28,000 for Animals

Animal Justice October 16, 2018

We can’t thank you enough—#Voiceless4AnimalJustice was a smashing success.

Together, we raised $28,164.32 for animals, exceeding our $25,000 fundraising goal!

For three weeks, participants from coast to coast educated their friends, families and the public about why Canada’s animal protection laws are some of the worst in the western world, and raised funds on behalf of Animal Justice’s mission to transform the legal system for animals. Participants even took a 24-hour vow of silence to raise awareness for the animals whose voices are ignored by our legal and political systems, and by industries.

The faces of #Voiceless4AnimalJustice

Transforming our legal system is a mighty feat, but with your support, we know it IS possible! Thank you so much to everyone who made a gift to the #Voiceless4AnimalJustice campaign, shared posts on social media, showed their support, and joined the day of silence. Here’s to a future where animals’ voices are heard loud and clear, and they have the protections they deserve from cruelty and neglect.

Congratulations to our prize winners for their incredible fundraising efforts:

1st Place Top Individual Fundraiser:

  • Tina & Neil Stokes

2nd Place Top Individual Fundraiser:

  • Amy Longard

3rd Place Top Individual Fundraiser:

  • Navid Arbabi

Top Fundraising Team

  • Animal Justice Staff

First Fundraiser to Reach $200

  • Mariana Iftinca

First Fundraiser to Reach $500

Sarita Donaldson

Prize for Using the Hashtag #Voiceless4AnimalJustice

  • Kallie Jackson
  • Best Personal Story Shared on Fundraising Page or Social Media
  • Niusha Arbabi

 

Special thanks to our incredible sponsors: Lush, Doshi FCSA, Follow Your Heart, Sweets from the Earth, Vegan Supply, Sammantha Fisher, Saaboon, and Pela.

 

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Fashion with Compassion: Animal-Friendly Bags for Fall

Animal Justice October 4, 2018

Fall is the in the air, and autumn fashion accessories are hitting the streets! Many products are still made with leather, fur and other animal-derived materials, but happily, cruelty-free fashion has never been easier. More and more brands are now offering animal-free products, proving that no animal has to suffer for fashion!

Leather is a product of the meat industry, and comes from animals who lived miserable lives on industrial farms before being shipped on long, brutal journeys to slaughterhouses. Leather is often imported from countries like China and India where investigations have shown animals suffering horrific abuse for the fashion industry.

Most fur products come from fur farms, where animals are confined in tiny, filthy cages and experience severe mental distress. Wild animals are also caught in bone-crushing leg-hold traps, suffering for hours or days before being brutally killed and skinned.

Opting for animal-friendly products without any leather, fur, or wool has never been easier—plus, it’s better for the animals, our planet, and for your peace of mind.

Looking for an animal-free bag to complete your October wardrobe? Look no further. Check out Animal Justice’s top picks for beautiful vegan purses and handbags for this autumn season!

Doshi FCSA — Saddle Bag in Burgundy

 

This gorgeous saddle bag is made with high quality microfibre vegan leather and suede. The detachable cross-body strap allows for an instant clutch transformation. Even better: Doshi donates 5% of revenue to charities working to help animals, people and the environment.

 

Matt & Nat — Mitsuko in Emerald

The Mitsuko handbag is part of the vintage collection, and radiates a classic elegance. This bowling style bag is made with 100% recycled nylon lining and includes a special pocket for smartphones.

 

Souliers Studio — Dulce Arches Cross-Body Purse in Sunset Red

We love Souliers Studio, a gorgeous Canadian shoe and accessory store. Their Dulce Arches bag’s versatile style can easily dress up, or add an edgy flair to any outfit. Created with vegan suede, the purse is inspired by the architecture of both modern and ancient Greece. A perfectly bold style statement with no animals harmed.

 

Good Mood Moon — Frida in Dusty Pink, White & Kale Green

Good Mood Moon’s bags are all hand-made. With a colour palette inspired by nature, the Frida crossbody bag has soft vegan leather, and two sections on the snaps. One section can fit an iPad mini, and the other can fit smartphones.

 

Gunas — Cottontail Pe in Black

The Cottontail bag is dedicated to the New England cotton tail rabbit, once featured in many children’s books but now, sadly, facing extinction. This gorgeous accessory is made with vegan textured polyurethane, recycled plastic bottles, and recycled metal hardware with 18K gold plating.

 

Pixie Mood — Emily Crossbody in Caramel

The Emily Crossbody bag’s clean lines and contrasting shapes exude class and sophistication, and is made with vegan leather and suede. The bag’s straps can be adjusted to transform this piece into a shoulder bag. It even comes with a small zipped wristlet! Adorable.

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