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Help Fix Canada’s Broken Animal Transport Laws

Animal Justice January 16, 2017

The federal government is finally updating Canada’s decades-old animal transport regulations. Unfortunately, the proposed new rules are deeply disappointing and fail to protect animals from severe suffering. Among other serious problems, they will still allow animals to be transported for lengthy periods without food, water, or rest; exposed to extreme weather conditions; and shocked with electric prods.

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Saving Dogfighting Victims From Execution

Animal Justice, Dogs September 21, 2016

Animal Justice is seeking leave to intervene in a court case in Chatham, Ontario to help save the lives of 21 dogs rescued from an alleged dogfighting ring in October, 2015.

Three individuals are facing hundreds of criminal animal cruelty and dogfighting charges in relation to the dogs. Meanwhile, the Ontario SPCA is asking a court to order the execution of the rescued dogs under provincial dog owner responsibility laws. It claims the dogs are pit bulls and the public will not be safe as long as the dogs are alive.

Dogfighting is a heinous crime and has no place in society. It is deeply distressing that the dogs — themselves allegedly victims of a brutal crime — could be made to pay the ultimate price for the immoral and illegal actions of humans. It is also troubling that as the agency with a mandate to protect animals, the Ontario SPCA is instead seeking their death.

At Animal Justice, we believe the victims of dogfighting deserve our help and compassion — not execution. We’re asking the court to let us participate as an intervener in this important case so we can speak on behalf of the dogs, who have no voices of their own.

Dogs rescued from fighting rings have been successfully rehabilitated, most notably the dogs seized from former NFL player Michael Vick’s vicious dogfighting operation in the United States. In the Chatham case, countless dog rescue organizations with expertise in helping former fighting dogs are standing by to assist. Our legal team is asking the court to hear evidence from one of Canada’s top dog behaviour experts to understand how dogs can be rehabilitated, and that execution is not the only option.

Court cases move slowly, and we are still in the early stages of this legal battle. The next court date in the case is November 3, 2016, when the court will hear our arguments as to why Animal Justice should be granted leave to intervene in the case.

We are pleased to be working closely on this case with Bullies In Need, an Ontario dog rescue organization with a wealth of experience in caring for, fostering, and rehoming pit bull-type dogs. We appreciate Bullies In Need’s support for our application to intervene, and we admire their tireless work to save dogs.

Animal Justice’s court fight has already earned celebrity support from hockey legend Don Cherry, a true hero for animals. If you want to join the fight to save these dogs from death, please consider answering Don Cherry’s call to support our court case.

 

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Animal Justice Fights for Animals in Canada’s Top Court

Animal Justice November 6, 2015

On November 9, 2016, Animal Justice argued before the Supreme Court of Canada in a groundbreaking case that will decide whether some forms of sexual abuse of animals are acceptable under Canadian criminal law.

This is the first time in Canadian history that the top court has considered any legislation directly protecting animals. It’s also one of the first times that animal advocates have been granted permission to make oral arguments before the Supreme Court. Animal Justice intervened to ensure the Supreme Court hears the perspective of countless animals who have no voices of their own. Whatever the outcome of the case, it was a victory for us to be there and speak for them.

The case – Her Majesty the Queen v. D.L.W. – is an appeal from a decision of the British Columbia Court of Appeal that seriously weakened the Criminal Code offence of bestiality. Instead of ensuring that all sexual abuse of animals remains illegal, the Court of Appeal ruled that only the penetration of animals is an offence.

As an intervener in the case, Animal Justice will ensure the Court hears why preventing harm to vulnerable animals is not only a fundamental societal value, but also a key objective of Canadian criminal law. Our lawyers Peter Sankoff, Professor at the University of Alberta Faculty of Law, Camille Labchuk, Executive Director of Animal Justice argued that it must remain illegal to sexually abuse animals in any way, shape, or form.

The stakes in this appeal couldn’t be higher. If the Supreme Court upholds the Court of Appeal decision, it will essentially legalize many forms of sexual abuse of animals right across the country. If that happens, we’ll take the fight to Parliament and ask the government to protect vulnerable creatures from sexual abuse and exploitation.

Resources:

The Supreme Court of Canada docket for R. v. D.L.W. is found here.
Animal Justice’s Factum is found here.
Animal Justice’s Motion to Intervene in the appeal is found here.
The British Columbia Court of Appeal decision is found here.

Want to learn more? Check out this video blog by Peter Sankoff to brush up on the details of the case, this article by legal blog The Court, and this BuzzFeed story to learn about the history of the offence of bestiality.

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