Government (Finally) Moves to Close Bestiality Loophole

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 The legislation still fails to deliver more comprehensive reform to Canada’s outdated animal cruelty laws.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…

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Bestiality Bill Fails to Deliver on Promise to Fix Outdated Animal Cruelty Laws

OTTAWA – The federal government today introduced Bill C-84, legislation to close legal loopholes related to bestiality and animal fighting. Animal Justice supports the spirit of the amendments, but is deeply concerned that the legislation still fails to deliver on government promises to reform Canada’s outdated animal cruelty laws.

Most forms of bestiality in Canada have been considered legal since June 2016, when the Supreme Court of Canada ruled in R. v. D.L.W. that only penetrative sexual acts with animals count as bestiality. The ruling left animals disturbingly vulnerable to sexual abuse. Animal Justice intervened in R. v. D.L.W., and after the decision called on the government to immediately introduce amendments to outlaw all bestiality.

Meanwhile, Canada’s criminal animal cruelty provisions are a century out of date, regularly resulting in animal abusers escaping criminal prosecution for sadistic cruelty. Two years ago, the government voted d…

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Advisory: Animal Justice Joins MPs to Call for End to Senate Deadlock on Animal Protection Bills

OTTAWA—MPs from across federal parties will hold a press conference to address the Senate deadlock on three animal protection bills—all of which are being blocked from reaching third reading before the Senate rises for the summer.

The parliamentarians will be joined by non-profit organizations advocating for animal protection.

Date: Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Time: 10:45 am

Where: Charles Lynch Press Theatre, Room 130-S, Centre Block

Who:

Elizabeth May, MP, Saanich Gulf Islands and leader of the Green Party

Michelle Rempel, Conservative MP, Calgary Nose Hill

Nathaniel Erskine-Smith, Liberal MP, Beaches—East York

Fin Donnelly, NDP MP and Fisheries Critic, Port Moody—Coquitlam

Camille Labchuk, lawyer and executive director, Animal Justice

Julie MacInnes, campaign manager, Hum…

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