Current Petition – Animal cruelty laws

In April 2008, Parliament passed Bill S-203. The Bill increased the jail time and other penalties for animal abuse. Recent headlines show that little has changed.

Offenders and their lawyers continue to exploit flaws and loopholes in the law to get off with a mere slap on the wrist or no penalty at all. The burden of proof that Crown Attorneys, police and SPCA investigators must meet in order to successfully prosecute these crimes is too high since it’s virtually impossible to prove that the cruelty was ‘wilful’ in its intent and ‘unnecessary’.

We need modern legislation now

We need the government of Canada to pass modern and enforceable legislation that protects all animals from cruelty and abuse. Animals matter to Canadians – it’s time to reflect this in our laws.

Please take a moment to send a letter to the Minister of Justice, Rob Nicholson, as he has the authority to strengthen the animal cruelty provisions in the Criminal Code.

Spread the word: Share the stories of the countless animal cruelty cases (PDF report) that have resulted in little or no punishment with your friends, family and acquiantances. Post them on your Facebook, Twitter or other social network. Encourage as many people as you can to take part in this campaign. The government of Canada will not act unless enough people demand change! Tell everyone you talk to that they can act on this issue online at

Download and circulate our paper format petition – The petition calls for the Government of Canada to protect animals from cruelty and abuse.

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Canadian Animal Abuse Database

To view Animal abuse cases in Canada: Click Here


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Falling Behind:
An international comparison of Canada's
Animal Cruelty Legislation

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