Greater Fines and Punishments in Abuse and Cruelty Acts on Animals
  • Petitioned Greater Fines&Punishments in CANADA on Abuse and Cruelty Acts on Animals

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The Government of Canada
Greater Fines&Punishments in CANADA on Abuse and Cruelty Acts on Animals
284 Wellington Street Ottawa, Ontario Canada K1A 0H8
The Honourable Robert Douglas Nicholson Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada
JUSTICE SERVICES
Government of Canada

Greater Fines and Punishments in Abuse and Cruelty Acts on Animals

    1. Jennifer Johannes
    2. Petition by

      Jennifer Johannes

      Milton, Canada

This is important as ALL ANIMALS deserve to live a life where they endure NO HARM OR CRUELTY.

CANADA at this time does not have significant fines and punishments for animal abusers. Around the world more and more countries are on top of this issue within their laws and punishments to abuse and or cruelty acts on animals.  

Canada SHOULD be following up on this issue and staying on track with it but they are not.

Animal Welfare in Canada seems to be overlooked. Why? Well, that is a great question. 

People are unaware of what is going on and need to be told and educated on this topic.

The government tries to hide things like this in order for them to look better as a whole, but in the long run they are really just causing more damage. 

 

Currently as you'll see when you read down these are Canada's fines and punishments for Animal Abuse/Cruelty Acts:

"(a) an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term of not more than five years; or 

(b) an offence punishable on summary conviction and liable to a fine not exceeding ten thousand dollars or to imprisonment for a term of not more than eighteen months or to both."


You get more Jail time and fines for having an ounce of Marijuana on you than you would hurting/torturing a living creature!     DOES THIS MAKE SENSE? Cause it shouldn't. Causing harm to a living person is illegal so why are the fines and punishments for animal abuse and cruelty so minute?  

So obviously, this is ridiculous and NEEDS TO CHANGE!

 

WE ARE THE VOICE FOR ANIMALS!  BE THE CHANGE!

In order for us to help animals, we need your voice as well!

 

LET'S GET PEOPLE AND ANIMALS LIVING IN EQUALITY TOGETHER - the way it should be! The way it was meant to be. 

 

PLEASE SIGN and let's succeed on getting the proper JUSTICE - ALL ANIMALS DESERVE and NEED and HELP set worse fines and punishments for the individual's who cause these harmful/cruelty acts on Animals.

WE ARE THEIR VOICE, ANIMALS NEEDS US!!

BE THE CHANGE!

SIGN TODAY!

 

 

 

The following listed below are some of the acts the Canadian government has put into place but the FINES and PUNISHMENTS are NOT good enough and need to be changed to higher fines and more severe punishments.

 


Criminal Code of Canada


Cattle and Other Animals

Injuring or endangering cattle

444.(1) Every one commits an offence who wilfully
(a) kills, maims, wounds, poisons or injures cattle; or
(b) places poison in such a position that it may easily be consumed by cattle.

Punishment

(2) Every one who commits an offence under subsection (1) is guilty of
(a) an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term of not more than five years; or
(b) an offence punishable on summary conviction and liable to a fine not exceeding ten thousand dollars or to imprisonment for a term of not more than eighteen months or to both.
R.S., 1985, c. C-46, s. 444; 2008, c. 12, s. 1.

 


Injuring or endangering other animals

445.(1) Every one commits an offence who, wilfully and without lawful excuse,
(a) kills, maims, wounds, poisons or injures dogs, birds or animals that are not cattle and are kept for a lawful purpose; or
(b) places poison in such a position that it may easily be consumed by dogs, birds or animals that are not cattle and are kept for a lawful purpose.

Punishment

(2) Every one who commits an offence under subsection (1) is guilty of
(a) an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term of not more than five years; or
(b) an offence punishable on summary conviction and liable to a fine not exceeding ten thousand dollars or to imprisonment for a term of not more than eighteen months or to both.
R.S., 1985, c. C-46, s. 445; 2008, c. 12, s. 1.

 

 

Cruelty to Animals

Causing unnecessary suffering
445.1(1) Every one commits an offence who
(a) wilfully causes or, being the owner, wilfully permits to be caused unnecessary pain, suffering or injury to an animal or a bird;
(b) in any manner encourages, aids or assists at the fighting or baiting of animals or birds;
(c) wilfully, without reasonable excuse, administers a poisonous or an injurious drug or substance to a domestic animal or bird or an animal or a bird wild by nature that is kept in captivity or, being the owner of such an animal or a bird, wilfully permits a poisonous or an injurious drug or substance to be administered to it;
(d) promotes, arranges, conducts, assists in, receives money for or takes part in any meeting, competition, exhibition, pastime, practice, display or event at or in the course of which captive birds are liberated by hand, trap, contrivance or any other means for the purpose of being shot when they are liberated; or
(e) being the owner, occupier or person in charge of any premises, permits the premises or any part thereof to be used for a purpose mentioned in paragraph (d).

Punishment

(2) Every one who commits an offence under subsection (1) is guilty of
(a) an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term of not more than five years; or
(b) an offence punishable on summary conviction and liable to a fine not exceeding ten thousand dollars or to imprisonment for a term of not more than eighteen months or to both.

 

Failure to exercise reasonable care as evidence

(3) For the purposes of proceedings under paragraph (1)(a), evidence that a person failed to exercise reasonable care or supervision of an animal or a bird thereby causing it pain, suffering or injury is, in the absence of any evidence to the contrary, proof that the pain, suffering or injury was caused or was permitted to be caused wilfully, as the case may be.

Presence at baiting as evidence

(4) For the purpose of proceedings under paragraph (1)(b), evidence that an accused was present at the fighting or baiting of animals or birds is, in the absence of any evidence to the contrary, proof that he or she encouraged, aided or assisted at the fighting or baiting.
2008, c. 12, s. 1.

Causing damage or injury

446.(1) Every one commits an offence who
(a) by wilful neglect causes damage or injury to animals or birds while they are being driven or conveyed; or
(b) being the owner or the person having the custody or control of a domestic animal or a bird or an animal or a bird wild by nature that is in captivity, abandons it in distress or wilfully neglects or fails to provide suitable and adequate food, water, shelter and care for it.

Punishment

(2) Every one who commits an offence under subsection (1) is guilty of
(a) an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term of not more than two years; or
(b) an offence punishable on summary conviction and liable to a fine not exceeding five thousand dollars or to imprisonment for a term of not more than six months or to both.

 



Failure to exercise reasonable care as evidence

(3) For the purposes of proceedings under paragraph (1)(a), evidence that a person failed to exercise reasonable care or supervision of an animal or a bird thereby causing it damage or injury is, in the absence of any evidence to the contrary, proof that the damage or injury was caused by wilful neglect.
R.S., 1985, c. C-46, s. 446; 2008, c. 12, s. 1.

Keeping Cockpit

447.1 (1) Every one commits an offence who builds, makes, maintains or keeps a cockpit on premises that he or she owns or occupies, or allows a cockpit to be built, made, maintained or kept on such premises.

Punishment

(2) Every one who commits an offence under subsection (1) is guilty of
(a) an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term of not more than five years; or
(b) an offence punishable on summary conviction and liable to a fine not exceeding ten thousand dollars or to imprisonment for a term of not more than eighteen months or to both.

Confiscation

(3) A peace officer who finds cocks in a cockpit or on premises where a cockpit is located shall seize them and take them before a justice who shall order them to be destroyed.
R.S., 1985, c. C-46, s. 447; 2008, c. 12, s. 1.

Order of prohibition or restitution

447.1(1) The court may, in addition to any other sentence that it may impose under subsection 444(2), 445(2), 445.1(2), 446(2) or 447(2),
(a) make an order prohibiting the accused from owning, having the custody or control of or residing in the same premises as an animal or a bird during any period that the court considers appropriate but, in the case of a second or subsequent offence, for a minimum of five years; and
(b) on application of the Attorney General or on its own motion, order that the accused pay to a person or an organization that has taken care of an animal or a bird as a result of the commission of the offence the reasonable costs that the person or organization incurred in respect of the animal or bird, if the costs are readily ascertainable.

Breach Of Order

(2) Every one who contravenes an order made under paragraph (1)(a) is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction.
Application
(3) Sections 740 to 741.2 apply, with any modifications that the circumstances require, to orders made under paragraph (1)(b).
2008, c. 12, s. 1

impossible or impracticable for that boundary mark to occupy its original position, and he establishes a permanent record of the original position sufficient to permit that position to be ascertained.
R.S., c. C-34, s. 399.

 


Cattle or other animals

Injuring or endangering cattle

444.(1) Every one commits an offence who wilfully
(a) kills, maims, wounds, poisons or injures cattle; or
(b) places poison in such a position that it may easily be consumed by cattle.

Punishment

(2) Every one who commits an offence under subsection (1) is guilty of
(a) an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term of not more than five years; or
(b) an offence punishable on summary conviction and liable to a fine not exceeding ten thousand dollars or to imprisonment for a term of not more than eighteen months or to both.
R.S., 1985, c. C-46, s. 444; 2008, c. 12, s. 1.

 

 

Injuring or endangering other animals

445.(1) Every one commits an offence who, wilfully and without lawful excuse,
(a) kills, maims, wounds, poisons or injures dogs, birds or animals that are not cattle and are kept for a lawful purpose; or
(b) places poison in such a position that it may easily be consumed by dogs, birds or animals that are not cattle and are kept for a lawful purpose.

Punishment

(2) Every one who commits an offence under subsection (1) is guilty of
(a) an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term of not more than five years; or
(b) an offence punishable on summary conviction and liable to a fine not exceeding ten thousand dollars or to imprisonment for a term of not more than eighteen months or to both.
R.S., 1985, c. C-46, s. 445; 2008, c. 12, s. 1.

 


Cruelty to animals

Causing unnecessary suffering

445.1(1) Every one commits an offence who
(a) wilfully causes or, being the owner, wilfully permits to be caused unnecessary pain, suffering or injury to an animal or a bird;
(b) in any manner encourages, aids or assists at the fighting or baiting of animals or birds;
(c) wilfully, without reasonable excuse, administers a poisonous or an injurious drug or substance to a domestic animal or bird or an animal or a bird wild by nature that is kept in captivity or, being the owner of such an animal or a bird, wilfully permits a poisonous or an injurious drug or substance to be administered to it;
(d) promotes, arranges, conducts, assists in, receives money for or takes part in any meeting, competition, exhibition, pastime, practice, display or event at or in the course of which captive birds are liberated by hand, trap, contrivance or any other means for the purpose of being shot when they are liberated; or
(e) being the owner, occupier or person in charge of any premises, permits the premises or any part thereof to be used for a purpose mentioned in paragraph (d).

Punishment

(2) Every one who commits an offence under subsection (1) is guilty of
(a) an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term of not more than five years; or
(b) an offence punishable on summary conviction and liable to a fine not exceeding ten thousand dollars or to imprisonment for a term of not more than eighteen months or to both.
Failure to exercise reasonable care as evidence
(3) For the purposes of proceedings under paragraph (1)(a), evidence that a person failed to exercise reasonable care or supervision of an animal or a bird thereby causing it pain, suffering or injury is, in the absence of any evidence to the contrary, proof that the pain, suffering or injury was caused or was permitted to be caused wilfully, as the case may be.

Presence at baiting as evidence

(4) For the purpose of proceedings under paragraph (1)(b), evidence that an accused was present at the fighting or baiting of animals or birds is, in the absence of any evidence to the contrary, proof that he or she encouraged, aided or assisted at the fighting or baiting.
2008, c. 12, s. 1.

Causing damage or injury

446.(1) Every one commits an offence who
(a) by wilful neglect causes damage or injury to animals or birds while they are being driven or conveyed; or
(b) being the owner or the person having the custody or control of a domestic animal or a bird or an animal or a bird wild by nature that is in captivity, abandons it in distress or wilfully neglects or fails to provide suitable and adequate food, water, shelter and care for it.


Punishment

(2) Everyone who commits an offence under subsection (1) is guilty of
(a) an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term of not more than two years; or
(b) an offence punishable on summary conviction and liable to a fine not exceeding five thousand dollars or to imprisonment for a term of not more than six months or to both.

 

 

Failure to exercise reasonable care as evidence

(3) For the purposes of proceedings under paragraph (1)(a), evidence that a person failed to exercise reasonable care or supervision of an animal or a bird thereby causing it damage or injury is, in the absence of any evidence to the contrary, proof that the damage or injury was caused by wilfull neglect.
R.S., 1985, c. C-46, s. 446; 2008, c. 12, s. 1

Keeping Cockpit

447. (1) Every one commits an offence who builds, makes, maintains or keeps a cockpit on premises that he or she owns or occupies, or allows a cockpit to be built, made, maintained or kept on such premises.

Punishment

(2) Everyone who commits an offence under subsection (1) is guilty of
(a) an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term of not more than five years; or
(b) an offence punishable on summary conviction and liable to a fine not exceeding ten thousand dollars or to imprisonment for a term of not more than eighteen months or to both.

Confiscation

(3) A peace officer who finds cocks in a cockpit or on premises where a cockpit is located shall seize them and take them before a justice who shall order them to be destroyed.
R.S., 1985, c. C-46, s. 447; 2008, c. 12, s. 1.

Order of prohibition or restitution

447.1 (1) The court may, in addition to any other sentence that it may impose under subsection 444(2), 445(2), 445.1(2), 446(2) or 447(2),
(a) make an order prohibiting the accused from owning, having the custody or control of or residing in the same premises as an animal or a bird during any period that the court considers appropriate but, in the case of a second or subsequent offence, for a minimum of five years; and
(b) on application of the Attorney General or on its own motion, order that the accused pay to a person or an organization that has taken care of an animal or a bird as a result of the commission of the offence the reasonable costs that the person or organization incurred in respect of the animal or bird, if the costs are readily ascertainable.

Breach Of Order

(2) Every one who contravenes an order made under paragraph (1)(a) is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction.
Application
(3) Sections 740 to 741.2 apply, with any modifications that the circumstances require, to orders made under paragraph (1)(b).
2008, c. 12, s. 1

Note: Wilfully is defined under s. 429(1) of the Criminal Code. See also s. 429(2) which provides the “colour of right” defence.

 

 

 

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    • Велин Благоев SOFIA, BULGARIA
      • 9 months ago

      I believe, that the animals deserve to treated with care, in a civilized way. No man should have the right to act as animal against the animals.

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    • Linda Hopkins NINE MILE RIVER, CANADA
      • 9 months ago

      I treat all animals as I would a person. With respect, love and dignity. People who harm animals should be given prison sentences not just minor fines and not allow to own a pet for a few years (they will anyway). We need stiffer penalties to make people stand up and take notice. The abuse can not be allow to go on. Please change the laws so animals can have a good life like we do, or at least a chance at a good life. They deserve it just as much as we do.

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    • Carline O'Meally TORONTO, CANADA
      • about 1 year ago

      Animals are part of our family. They deserve to be treated with respect.

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    • lisa marshall TORONTO, CANADA
      • about 1 year ago

      Because too many people get away with murder simply because they are animals. Time for change!

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    • Bonnie Blatz AYLMER, CANADA
      • about 1 year ago

      You treat your animals as you treat your children.. Mankind carries a seed of so much brutality... It is sickening and heart breaking! Innocent and weak suffer everywhere yet we turn a blind eye, only to become out raged when these tragedies happen... When does the cycle end?

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