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Author Topic: Help Canada update animal cruelty laws from 1892  (Read 1590 times)
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« on: September 14, 2007, 10:44:28 AM »

Mark Holland, member of Parliament, has been tirelessly pursuing a much-needed update to Canada's animal cruelty legislation. Bills to pass new legislation have been unnecessarily stalled by successive governments. It's through Mark's efforts that a new Bill C-373 was introduced in October, 2006, with teeth that raise jail terms up to 5 years and fines to $10,000 for summary convictions. Currently, the penalties are ridiculous, and few states in the US have legislation that is worse than ours in Canada.

To assuage hunting and animal industry groups, Senator John Bryden brought in a rival Bill S-213 which is watered down to the point that it is substantially little better than our current legislation which dates back to 1892.

With the fall Parliamentary session about to open and this issue to be brought forward again, I know that Mark and Canadian animal lovers would be delighted if you would write to some of our politicians and express your support to bring us into the 21st century.

More information here:

and on Mark's informative website:

A corresponding petition is offered to encourage the province of Ontario to adopt stricter rules as well. Currently, abusers can get off with a $2,000 fine and up to 6 months in jail (seldom enforced). More information here:

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