Animal Justice Statement on Veal Farm Animal Cruelty Charges

Courtesy of Farm Sanctuary

TORONTO — After an activist wired with a hidden camera documented animal abuse and neglect at a veal farm in Pont-Rouge, Quebec, provincial law enforcement today filed two animal cruelty charges against Éric Dame, a former employee of the facility who was caught on tape shoving, kicking, and screaming at calves.

Animal Justice Canada Legislative Fund, Canada’s only animal law-focused organization, applauds these groundbreaking charges and hopes they send a clear message to politicians that the time is now to update our shamefully inadequate animal protection laws.

“Our weak laws are a breeding ground for animal abuse,” said Anna Pippus, director of farmed animal advocacy for Animal Justice. “Across the country, animals are languishing on factory farms with virtually no governmental oversight. Shockingly, the few animal protection laws that do exist are not proactively enforced by law enforc…

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Animal Justice Considers Legal Challenge to Save Eli the Potbellied Pig

CALGARY — Animal Justice Canada Legislative Fund is considering launching a legal challenge in the case of Eli the potbellied pig, who lives as a family pet in Sherwood Park, Alberta. Animal Justice is Canada’s only animal law-focused organization.

Strathcona County officials have ticketed Michelle Kropp, Eli’s guardian, for allegedly violating a county by-law prohibiting residents from keeping “livestock.” Although Ms. Kropp is appealing the $100 ticket, county officials have set a court date in February to seek an order removing Eli from his family. The county is refusing to wait for the ticket appeal to be heard before seeking the removal order.

“Potbellied pigs like Eli are kept as loving family pets in homes across this country,” said lawyer Camille Labchuk, Director of Legal Advocacy for Animal Justice. “For Strathcona County to claim that Eli is ‘livestock’ is an absurd interpretation of the law, and to push ahead with a removal order to ri…

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AJCLF Launches Charter of Rights and Freedoms for Animals

Animal Justice Canada Legislative Fund (AJCLF) today launched a new national campaign to have basic rights for animals enshrined into Canadian law through the Animal Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The Animal Charter would ensure animals are treated as sentient beings instead of mere property, would guarantee the rights and freedoms that make life worth living, and give all animals a chance to have their interests represented in court.

“This is an idea whose time has come. We know that animals experience pain and joy just like we do, and now it’s time for our laws to catch up to society,” said Nick Wright, Executive Director. “Animals deserve rights and freedoms, and they deserve to have their voices heard in courts throughout the country, much like corporations and trusts already do. Animal Justice is calling on Canadian lawmakers to enact the Animal Charter and help improve the lives of millions of animals.”

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