Consider maximum penalty for brutal torture of mother & baby raccoon
  • Petitioned Mr. John Gerretsen

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Ontario Attorney General
Mr. John Gerretsen

Consider maximum penalty for brutal torture of mother & baby raccoon

    1. Petition by

      Animal Alliance of Canada

Tell Ontario Attorney General, John Gerretsen, that you want to see this Province’s justice system finally take cases of extreme cruelty to animals seriously by handing out maximum sentences to those convicted of these crimes.

Consider the case of an Ottawa man charged with torturing and killing a mother raccoon and her baby in a horrific days-long ordeal. If this individual is convicted, the judge should consider the maximum sentence of five years in jail and a lifetime ban on owning animals.

Consider the allegations:

• The individual is charged with two counts of causing unnecessary pain, suffering or injury to an animal after the Ottawa Humane Society rescue and investigations agents found two raccoons on the individual’s property.
• The mother raccoon had been impaled by a barbecue rotisserie rod, driven through her mouth and out the back of her head. The second raccoon, a baby, was found nearby. It had been bludgeoned to death with a hammer.
• A veterinary examination found both animals suffered multiple wounds and had been alive throughout most of the ordeal.
• The inspectors had gone to the individual’s home after receiving a report that an adult raccoon had been locked inside a humane trap for two days. Neighbours told inspectors that a baby raccoon had been hanging around the trap, crying. As the mother in the trap was still producing milk, the baby was obviously hungry and was desperate to nurse.

The public is appalled by this malicious act. If this individual is convicted, we urge the judge to consider a maximum sentence in this case.

A strong message needs to be delivered by the courts that this type of criminal behaviour will not be tolerated in a civilized society.

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    Reasons for signing

    • janet chernov WPG,MB., CANADA
      • 6 months ago

      They suffer like we do I thought we were better than this cruelty

    • Diane Kiernan MERRITT BC, CANADA
      • 6 months ago

      It is unforgivable to harm innocent animals OR children.

    • mari molashvili TBILISI, GEORGIA
      • 6 months ago

      this is brutal torture it's even unbeliveable that somewhere here people torture alive creatures for these fucking clothes. they are criminals and they must be punished by the law one and forever

    • Micheline Landreville OTTAWA, CANADA
      • 7 months ago

      Anyone torturing an animal should be dealt with severely as the current punishment is of little deterrent to these monsters.

    • Barry Briscoe OTTAWA, CANADA
      • 7 months ago

      There is no excuse for torturing any of Gods animals.This individual is 1 sick mother. They need to be put away for as long as possible.People have to be penalized for such cruelty, it can no longer be tolerated or allowed to continue in Canada as a whole. Tougher laws are needed


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