CALGARY – National animal law organization Animal Justice is demanding an investigation into illegal rodeo cruelty at the Calgary Stampede. Six horses were killed this year after being forced to compete in dangerous chuckwagon races, including three on Sunday night. The 2019 Stampede has been the deadliest one for animals in a decade, with this level of… Read more » Animal Justice
11 total views, 0 today
The House of Commons Justice Committee approved changes proposed by Animal Justice to Bill C-84, an animal cruelty bill that would improve laws related to bestiality and animal fighting.
Bill C-84 would make all sexual abuse of animals illegal. Currently, non-penetrative sexual contact with animals is not a criminal offence, in the wake of a shocking Supreme Court decision in 2016. But originally, the bill didn’t give judges the ability to ban a person convicted of bestiality from owning or residing with animals in the future. Animal Justice proposed this amendment earlier this month while testifying before the Justice Committee, and and Members of Parliament unanimously adopted this critical change at a meeting this week.
Animal Justice also encouraged the Justice Committee to repeal a provision of Canada’s animal fighting laws that imposed an automatic death sentence for birds rescued from a cockfighting ring. Animal Justice told the Committee that birds forced to fight deserve our compassion, and should be assessed as individuals to see if they can receive veterinary attention and be sent to live in the care of an animal sanctuary. The Justice Committee approved this change as well, potentially saving hundreds or even thousands of innocent birds from unfair execution.
Now, Bill C-84 will move back to the House of Commons for a final vote, and will then be sent to the Senate for further consideration.
Animal Justice executive director Camille Labchuk and board member Peter Sankoff testified before the Justice Committee in support of Bill C-84, and we are grateful to committee members from all political parties who worked together to strengthen this legislation by accepting our amendments. However, Canada’s animal cruelty laws still fall very far behind the rest of the western world, and Animal Justice will keep fighting for stronger laws that better reflect Canadian values of compassion and respect for animals.
Join the Animal Justice mailing list
Photo: Sandy Sharkey Photography
79 total views, 0 today
EDMONTON – National animal law non-profit Animal Justice is deeply troubled by animal cruelty charges laid earlier this month against the City of Edmonton after the deaths of three cats.
According to news reports, the City of Edmonton, the director of the city’s Animal Care and Control Centre, and three other staff are all facing charges under the provincial Animal Welfare Act of allowing an animal to be in distress. The charges carry a maximum fine of $20,000 and a lifetime ban on having custody of an animal.
The charges allegedly stem from an incident that took place on May 18, 2018. According to news reports, three cats were transported in a rubbermaid container and subsequently died. Several months later, in July, the Alberta SPCA received a complaint over the incident. The Alberta SPCA apparently laid charges on October 5, and the accused will appear in court on December 12.
“It’s incredibly disturbing that a government agency entrusted with helping vulnerable animals is now facing very serious charges for harming three cats,” said lawyer Camille Labchuk, executive director of Animal Justice. “We are troubled that while the City held a press conference on Thursday afternoon, it refused to elaborate on the circumstances that led to the cats’ dying.”
“It is relatively rare for such a large group of individuals to face charges, including the City and management,” said professor Peter Sankoff, law professor at the University of Alberta and a director with Animal Justice. “There are many unanswered questions, and the public urgently deserves more information about the details of this incident. Was this a systemic issue? What happened between May, when the incident occurred, and July, when the Alberta SPCA received an independent complaint? What type of internal investigation was conducted and who was notified? Why did the public not learn of this incident sooner?”
For more information, contact:
Board of Directors, Animal Justice
Professor of Law, University of Alberta
85 total views, 1 today
Loppa (formerly Cece) has been with us for two years. She loves sleeping on top of her big brother Rusty and giving kisses and cuddles to her human family. She's smart, brave, happy, and brings us all great joy. Thank you SCARS for bringing us together. Erla Anderson
I adopted Teddy from you about ten years ago. Before you found him, he had a broken jaw caused by being kicked, was very hungry and dehydrated and needed immediate care. Here he is today and he just loves my home and more importantly me. Kindest Regards, Michael Lee
Hello everyone, my name is Smokey and I have had a tough go of it this last few weeks. The good people of the Alberta Spay Neuter Task Force took me in recently and I owe them my life for it. The volunteers thought I might have been poisoned because I had no idea
Hi everyone, we have already started working on the 2020 SCARS calendar which raises funds to help SCARS continue with their animal rescue initiatives. If you have an exceptional photo of a SCARS foster or if you adopted a SCARS animal and would like a chance to have them featured in our 2020 calendar,
Hi, I am Harley. I came into care during a SCARS Spay-Neuter-Return event in my community in early May 2019. I was badly injured due to being hit by a car a few days earlier. I was so happy to see them that I crawled right into the crate. Off to the vet for
- 0 Members.
- 13 Guests.