Animal Cruelty Legislation Advocates Canada

144,163 supporters

The mission of Animal Cruelty Legislation Advocates Canada is to advocate for animals with the public, the criminal justice system, and all levels of Canadian government, with the express goal of improving the lives and safety of animals and, by extension, people and communities, in Canada and abroad. If you would like to assist with our efforts, we cordially invite you to join us at our website, or on Facebook and Twitter. You can also reach us by e-mail at:

Started 10 petitions

Petitioning Manitoba Office of the Chief Veterinarian, Manitoba RCMP, City of Winnipeg Animal Services, American Humane


[la version française suit]Video footage posted online by TMZ apparently shows a German Shepherd being forced, afraid and against his or her will, into a "churning river" created for the film "A Dog's Purpose". The movie was filmed in Winnipeg and other parts of Manitoba, Canada in 2015. The City of Winnipeg's Animal Services were consulted during the making of the film. If the TMZ footage is accurate, the treatment of the dog may contravene animal cruelty provisions in the Manitoba Animal Care Act, the Criminal Code of Canada, and/or American Humane’s Guidelines for the Safe Use of Animals in Filmed Media. Please ask the people responsible for enforcing these laws and guidelines to investigate whether this dog, or any other animals, were harmed in the making of the film "A Dog's Purpose." The Petition: We, the undersigned, respectfully request that you investigate whether the German Shepherd Dog allegedly thrown into a "churning river" as posted in a video online by TMZ, or any other animals, were harmed during the filming of the movie "A Dog's Purpose." If it is determined that animal abuse took place, we also request that you take appropriate action to ensure those responsible are held accountable. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE PETITION: LINKS TO NEWS ARTICLES: Veuillez signer et partagerMerci INVESTIGER LES CINÉMATOGRAPHES DU «BUT D'UN CHIEN» POUR UN ABUS POTENTIEL DES ANIMAUX Des images vidéo affichées en ligne par TMZ montrent apparemment un berger allemand forcé, effrayé et contre sa volonté, dans une «rivière qui tourne» créée pour le film «A Dog's Purpose». Le film a été filmé à Winnipeg et dans d'autres régions du Manitoba, au Canada, en 2015. Les Services vétérinaires de la Ville de Winnipeg ont été consultés lors de la réalisation du film. Si les images du TMZ sont exactes, le traitement du chien peut contrevenir aux dispositions sur la cruauté envers les animaux dans la Loi sur les soins aux animaux du Manitoba, le Code criminel du Canada et les Lignes directrices américaines pour l'utilisation sécuritaire des animaux dans les médias filmés. Demandez aux personnes responsables de l'application de ces lois et directives d'enquêter si ce chien, ou tout autre animal, a été blessé lors de la réalisation du film «But d'un chien». La pétition:Nous, les soussignés, demandons respectueusement que vous enquêtiez si le chien de berger allemand aurait été jeté dans une "rivière de churning" comme signalé dans une vidéo en ligne par TMZ, ou tout autre animal, ont été blessés pendant le tournage du film "A Dog's Purpose. " S'il est établi qu'il y a eu des sévices à l'égard des animaux, nous vous demandons également de prendre les mesures appropriées pour que les responsables soient tenus responsables. POUR PLUS D'INFORMATIONS SUR LA PETITION:Https:// AUX ARTICLES DE NOUVELLES:Http:// Http:// Cette pétition sera remise à:Bureau du vétérinaire en chef du ManitobaGRC du ManitobaVille de Winnipeg Services aux animaux

Animal Cruelty Legislation Advocates Canada
5,861 supporters
Petitioning Crown Attorney Ontario Court of Justice


The Petition:We, the undersigned, respectfully request that you proceed with the charges against Adrian Foster, 25, as indictable offences and, if he is convicted, recommend the maximum penalty under the law, including prohibiting the accused from owning, having the custody or control of or residing in the same premises as an animal or a bird for the rest of his life.  Background:On Monday, November 7, 2016, a man allegedly threw a 2-year-old Beagle from a 7th-floor apartment balcony in Scarborough, Ontario. Adrian Foster, 25 years old, has been charged with killing/maiming/wounding a dog and willfully causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.  Links to news stories:  Follow us for updates on this and other animal cruelty cases Facebook:  AND Twitter: @aclacanada Web:

Animal Cruelty Legislation Advocates Canada
4,441 supporters


  UPDATE: Bill C-246 was defeated in the House of Commons on October 5, 2016. We are subsequently petitioning the Minister of Justice to immediately undertake a review of the animal cruelty sections of the Criminal Code.Please sign and share the petition:English SURE TO SEND BACK THE CONFIRMATION EMAIL! Download and circulate the identical paper petition:English Join and invite all Canadians to our Facebook Group: [la version française suit] In late 2014, Canada was given a rating of “D” on the animal protection index, one of the main reasons for which was our country’s “archaic anti-cruelty legislation.” In a bid to update this legislation, Nathaniel Erskine-Smith, Member of Parliament for Beaches-East York, has introduced Bill C-246 in the House of Commons. IF THIS BILL IS TO BECOME LAW, IT WILL NEED WIDE SUPPORT FROM MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT AND SENATORS. THIS IS WHERE YOU CAN HELP. By signing this petition (anyone can sign, you do NOT need to be Canadian) you are asking Members of Parliament and Senators to support Bill C-246. Please also take the additional important actions noted below, which are also crucial if this bill is going to pass. THE PETITION, TO MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT AND THE SENATE OF CANADA:We, the undersigned, respectfully request that you support Bill C-246 by voting in favour of the bill when it comes up for reading and adoption in the House of Commons and Senate. ABOUT BILL C-246:Bill C-246 would modernize our animal protection laws and bring them into the 21st century by doing 4 things: ban the import of shark fins; close loopholes and strengthen the Criminal Code's animal protection provisions; and ban the sale of cat and dog fur within Canada and require labeling of source fur. update the definition of bestiality to include all sexual acts between humans and animals (the current legal definition, as decided by the Supreme Court of Canada on June 9, 2016, must include penetration) More information about the Bill is available at the links below. Several animal advocacy organizations have stated their support for Bill C-246, including Animal Alliance of Canada, Animal Alliance Environment Voters Party of Canada, Animal Justice, British Columbia SPCA, Canadian Coalition for Farm Animals, Canadian Federation of Humane Societies, FurBearer Defenders, Humane Society International/Canada, International Fund for Animal Welfare, Montreal SPCA, and Zoocheck. Our organization, Animal Cruelty Legislation Advocates Canada, fully supports the changes proposed by Bill C-246, and thanks MP Erskine-Smith and his team sincerely for their efforts in bringing this important legislation to the House of Commons. OTHER IMPORTANT ACTION TO TAKE:1) Please sign up for our Thunderclap campaign at this link.2) If you are Canadian, please phone your Member of Parliament and ask them to support Bill C-246 (click here to find your MP's contact information). If your MP says they do not support the bill, please see our website for more information about how you can follow up. If your MP says they do support the bill, please be sure to thank them and let them know you will share that information with your friends. If you get a response from your MP, please let us know by e-mailing that information to so we can keep a list of which MPs are supporting the bill.BILL C-246 NEEDS OUR SUPPORT IF IT IS GOING TO BECOME LAW. Thank you for signing the petition and/or sending a letter to your Member of Parliament. If you wish to receive further information or participate in this and other animal cruelty initiatives please check out the following Facebook resources by clicking on the links:Animal Cruelty Legislation Advocates CanadaCaptain's Legacy: Ending Animal AbuseLINKS TO FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT BILL C-246:Text of the Bill: articles: Pétition adressée aux membresDE LA CHAMBRE DES COMMUNESET DU SÉNAT DU CANADApour appuyer le Projet de loi C-246,visant la modernisation de la Loi sur la protection des animaux  Vers la fin de l'année 2014, le Canada s'est vu attribué la marque «D» d'après l'indice de protection des animaux, principalement en raison de ses lois et de sa réglementation archaïques portant sur la cruauté envers les animaux. Pour remédier à cette situation, Nathaniel Erskine-Smith, député de Beaches-East York, a présenté le Projet de loi C-246 à la Chambre des communes. POUR QUE CE PROJET DE LOI PUISSE ÊTRE ADOPTÉ, IL DOIT ABSOLUMENT OBTENIR LE SOUTIEN D'UN GRAND NOMBRE DE DÉPUTÉS ET DE SÉNATEURS. C'EST POURQUOI, NOUS AVONS BESOIN DE VOUS.  En signant cette pétition (toute personne peut la signer, IL N'EST PAS NÉCESSAIRE D'ÊTRE CANADIEN) vous demandez aux membres de la Chambre des communes et aux membres du Sénat du Canada d'appuyer le Projet de loi C-246. PÉTITION ADRESSÉE AUX MEMBRES DE LA CHAMBRE DES COMMUNES ET AUX MEMBRES DU SÉNAT DU CANADA :   Nous, ci-après soussignés, vous demandons respectueusement de bien vouloir donner votre appui au Projet de loi C-246 en votant en faveur de son adoption lorsqu'il sera mis aux voix à la Chambre des communes, puis au Sénat. À PROPOS DU PROJET DE LOI C-246 : Le Projet de loi C-246 vise à moderniser nos lois sur la protection des animaux afin de les adapter au 21e siècle en adoptant les trois mesures suivantes : 1.  mettre fin à la pratique du coupage des ailerons de requins2.  combler les lacunes et renforcer les dispositions du code criminel visant la protection des animaux,3.  bannir la vente de la fourrure de chats et de chiens  au Canada et exiger la mention de la source de la fourrure sur l'étiquette.  Vous trouverez plus de renseignements sur ce Projet de loi en suivant les liens indiqués plus bas. Plusieurs organismes défenseurs des animaux ont déclaré leur appui au Projet de loi C-246, entre autres : Animal Alliance of Canada, Animal Alliance Environment Voters Party of Canada, Animal Justice, la Coalition canadienne pour la protection des animaux de ferme, la Fédération des sociétés canadiennes d'assistance aux animaux, FurBearer Defenders, Humane Society International/Canada, International Fund for Animal Welfare, la SPCA de Montréal et Zoocheck.  Notre organisme Animal Cruelty Legislation Advocates Canada, appuie sans réserve les changements proposés par le Projet de loi C-246 et remercie sincèrement le député Erskine-Smith et son équipe pour toute l'énergie qu'ils ont déployée jusqu'ici afin de présenter cette importante mesure législative à la Chambre des communes. AUTRES MESURES IMPORTANTES À PRENDRE  (POUR LES CANADIENS SEULEMENT) :Vous êtes Canadiens ? Nous vous demandons de bien vouloir appeler votre député pour lui demander d'appuyer le Projet de loi C-246 (cliquez ici pour trouver les coordonnées de votre député). S'il vous répond qu'il ne soutient pas ce Projet de loi, n'hésitez pas à aller sur notre site web pour obtenir plus de renseignements sur le suivi que vous pouvez faire. Par contre, si votre député déclare qu'il soutient le Projet de loi, n'oubliez pas de le remercier et de lui souligner que vous allez le dire à vos amis. Quand vous obtiendrez une réponse de votre député, veuillez aussi nous le faire savoir par courriel à afin que nous puissions dresser une liste des députés qui appuient ce projet de loi. NOUS DEVONS APPUYER LE PROJET DE LOI C-246 SI NOUS VOULONS QU'IL DEVIENNE LOI. Nous vous remercions d'avoir bien voulu signer cette pétition et/ou d'avoir envoyé une lettre à votre député. Si vous voulez recevoir plus de renseignements ou aimeriez participer à ce mouvement ou autres initiatives contre la cruauté envers les animaux, veuillez jeter un coup d'oeil sur les ressources suivantes dans Facebook en cliquant sur les liens : Animal Cruelty Legislation Advocates CanadaPétition - Justice pour Capitaine LIENS POUR D'AUTRES RENSEIGNEMENTS À PROPOS DU PROJET DE LOI C-246 : Texte du Projet de loi : Articles dans les médias :

Animal Cruelty Legislation Advocates Canada
52,396 supporters
Petitioning Crown Prosecutor and Honourable Judge, BC Provincial court

Maximum penalty, including lifetime ban on owning animals, for Karin and Catherine Adams

Karin and Catherine Adams have been charged with failing to comply with conditions of an undertaking, cruelty to animals, wilful neglect of animals and possession of stolen property in a case in Alberta in which 11 horses, 25 dogs and 17 birds were found to be in distress on a rural property near Cereal, Alberta. This case follows on the heels of animal cruelty charges the pair face in British Columbia. In February 2015, the mother and daughter were also charged with animal cruelty under both the Criminal Code of Canada and the BC Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. They have yet to go to trial on those charges. In that case, it is alleged that 18 horses, 18 dogs, 15 birds, two cats and 104 fish were found in varying levels of distress on a rural property in Houston, BC.THE PETITION:We, the undersigned, respectfully request that Crown Prosecutors in British Columbia and Alberta proceed with any federal animal cruelty charges as indictable offences and recommend the maximum penalty, including a lifetime ban on owning, having the custody or control of or residing in the same premises as an animal or a bird. We also respectfully request that, if one or both of the Adams' are found guilty, the Honourable Judges in either or both provinces impose the maximum penalty available under the law.LINKS TO FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE TWO ANIMAL CRUELTY CASES:Alberta case: Columbia case: UPDATES ON THE PETITION:

Animal Cruelty Legislation Advocates Canada
6,827 supporters
Petitioning District Attorney, Guilford County, NC; and any other relevant decision-makers


BACKGROUND: WITH A STORY ON PAR WITH THAT OF PUPPY DOE, Gabe (short for "Gabriel", as he is a Messenger Angel sharing his message of awareness that abuse and neglect exist and many more like him need help too!) was a 9-month old puppy who lived his whole life on a chain in a back yard, neglected and abused. When Gabe's situation was reported to animal control, his owners allegedly tried to "get rid of the evidence" by beating Gabe, shooting him with birdshot and leaving him in a field to die. According to the woman who rescued Gabe from the field, there was a turkey vulture next to Gabe where he was curled up waiting to die. Gabe was subsequently taken to the Guilford County Animal Shelter in North Carolina where his story only gets worse. He was apparently left behind bars and out of sight at the back of the shelter for 3 weeks without appropriate veterinary care until some wonderful "Team Gabe" members came to his rescue. They took Gabe out of the shelter and lavished him with tender love and care for a week. Unfortunately, Gabe was unable to overcome his injuries and passed away on May 18, 2014. The person who was charged with animal cruelty in relation to the original abuse of Gabe walked out of court with a slap on the wrist. BUT NOW WE HAVE A CHANCE TO GET SOME SMALL SEMBLANCE OF JUSTICE FOR GABE. The Guilford County Animal Shelter, at which Gabe was housed, has been taken over by Guilford County officials amidst allegations of animal cruelty, failure to provide adequate veterinary care, misappropriation of funds, and improper drug administration. The Executive Director of the shelter, Marsha Williams, has been fired from her position. Please sign the petition to ask that she and/or any other people potentially responsible for contributing to Gabe’s pain, suffering, and death (and the pain, suffering, and death of several other animals at the shelter) by denying him the appropriate care he so desperately needed be investigated, charged and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. For Gabe. Rest in peace, sweetheart. We love you and you will never be forgotten. <3 <3 THE PETITION: Prosecute, to the fullest extent of the law, the person(s) from Guilford County Animal Shelter who allegedly denied proper veterinary care to puppy Gabe (and other animals) as required by Guilford County Animal Ordinances and any other pertinent legislation, and ensure the necessary legislation and policies are put in place to guarantee that no other animal is ever allowed to suffer as Gabe did. Links to news stories: Links to documents: Link to video about Gabe: Gabe’s Facebook page: For updates about the petition:

Animal Cruelty Legislation Advocates Canada
3,715 supporters
Petitioning SPCA Montérégie

Recommend or lay animal neglect and/or cruelty charges against the person(s) responsible for the neglect, cruelty, and/or subsequent death of the dog, Becky.

THE PETITION: (Français suit) We the undersigned respectfully request that the SPCA Montérégie, SPCA Montréal, Quebec Ministries of Public Security AND Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, and any other pertinent decision-makers, recommend or lay animal neglect and/or cruelty charges against the person(s) responsible for the neglect, cruelty, and/or subsequent death of the dog, Becky. Nous, soussignés, demandons respectueusement que la SPCA Montérégie , SPCA de Montréal , les ministères de la Sécurité publique ET de l'agriculture , de la pêche et de l'Alimentation du Québec , et tous les autres décideurs pertinents , recommandent ou négligence et / ou de cruauté animale des accusations contre la personne (s ) responsable pour la négligence, de cruauté , et / ou la mort subséquente du chien, Becky . BECKY’S STORY: (Français suit) Becky was a dog who, according to the SPCA Montérégie, was found on February 24 after they were called to investigate a complaint in Ste. Sabine, Quebec. According to the SPCA Montérégie, Becky was found dead, probably only hours from being rescued, “on the coldest morning of the year.” They add that Becky had lived for 14 YEARS with a big chain around her neck, tied to a broken down doghouse with no protection from the elements. Becky’s story is tragic enough in itself, but it gets worse. The SPCA Montérégie states that: “Unfortunately our laws are very weak. There is little to no protection for our animals. Becky's owners did not break any laws. They provided shelter (a doghouse), food and water for her. That’s all the law requires for our animals. But please do not let this deter you from reporting acts of cruelty and neglect.” I hope (and believe) that animal cruelty laws in Canada are not so weak as to prevent animal cruelty and neglect legislation from being enforced in a case like Becky’s that seems to be so clearly cut and dried. Provincial legislation in Quebec requires that “the owner or custodian of an animal shall ensure that the safety and welfare of the animal are not jeopardized,” that animals must be kept in premises that are “suitable to the animal’s biological requirements,” and that the animal is not “subject to abuse or ill-treatment that may affect its health.” Federal Criminal Code legislation prohibits animal neglect and cruelty. Surely there must be something in one or both of these pieces of legislation that would enable someone to charge the person(s) responsible for what was done to Becky. SPCA Montérégie investigators know where Becky resided and likely who should be held responsible. Thus, we call on the SPCA Montérégie, SPCA Montréal, Quebec Ministries of Public Security AND Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, and any other pertinent decision-makers, to recommend or lay animal neglect and/or cruelty charges against the person(s) who were responsible for providing care for Becky. The SPCA Montérégie has asked us to “Please speak out for those who can't speak for themselves. Do it for Becky.” So, please, for Becky, sign the petition and share it with your friends. Becky deserves justice. Rest in peace, sweet girl. You are now free and unchained. <3 <3 Français Becky était un chien qui, selon la SPCA Montérégie, a été trouvé le 24 Février après qu'ils ont été appelés à enquêter sur une plainte à Saint-Sabine, Québec. Selon la SPCA Montérégie, Becky a été retrouvé mort quelques heures seulement, sans doute d'être sauvé, "le matin le plus froid de l'année.» Ils ajoutent que Becky avait vécu pendant 14 ans avec une grande chaîne autour de son cou, attaché à un ventilées Doghouse sans protection. L'histoire de Becky est assez tragique en soi, mais elle se aggrave. La SPCA Montérégie stipule que: "Malheureusement, nos lois sont très faibles. Il ya peu ou pas de protection pour nos animaux. Les propriétaires de Becky ne ont pas brisé les lois. Ils ont fourni un abri (une niche), de la nourriture et de l'eau pour elle. Ce est tout ce que la loi exige pour nos animaux. Mais se il vous plaît ne vous laissez pas dissuader de dénoncer les actes de cruauté et de négligence ". Je espère (et je crois) nos lois sur la cruauté envers les animaux au Canada ne sont pas assez faible pour prévenir la cruauté envers les animaux et la législation de la négligence d'être imposée dans un cas comme Becky qui semble être si clairement coupé et séché. La législation provinciale au Québec exige que «le propriétaire ou le gardien d'un animal doit se assurer que la sécurité et le bien-être de l'animal ne sont pas compromis," que les animaux doivent être conservés dans des locaux qui sont «adaptés aux besoins biologiques des animaux," et que la animal ne est pas "l'objet d'abus ou de mauvais traitements qui peuvent affecter sa santé." législation Code pénal fédéral interdit la négligence et la cruauté animale. Il doit sûrement y avoir quelque chose dans l'une ou l'autre de ces textes de loi qui permettraient à quelqu'un de inculper la personne (s) responsable des soins de Becky. SPCA Montérégie enquêteurs savent où Becky résidé et qui devrait vraisemblablement être tenu responsable . Ainsi , nous demandons à la SPCA Montérégie , SPCA de Montréal , les ministères de la Sécurité publique ET de l'agriculture , de la pêche et de l'Alimentation du Québec, et tous les autres décideurs pertinents de recommander ou de ponte négligence et / ou de cruauté animale des accusations contre la personne (s) qui sont responsables de la prestation de soins pour Becky . La SPCA Montérégie nous a demandé de "Se il vous plaît parler pour ceux qui ne peuvent parler pour eux-mêmes. Faites-le pour Becky ". Donc, se il vous plaît, pour Becky, signer la pétition et la partager avec vos amis. Elle mérite la justice. Repose en paix, fille douce. Vous êtes maintenant libre et déchaîné. <3 <3 FACEBOOK PAGE FOR PETITION UPDATES: LINK TO THE POST FROM THE SPCA MONTEREGIE: LINK TO THE SONG “DOGS CRY” BY KIM NOWLAN, DEDICATED TODAY TO BECKY:

Animal Cruelty Legislation Advocates Canada
13,067 supporters
Petitioning Alberta Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley, SPCA, RCMP, Crown Counsel, Honourable Judge

Recommend and approve provincial and federal animal neglect and cruelty charges against April Dawn Irving and, if she is convicted, enforce the maximum penalty available, including a lifetime ban on owning animals under S. 447.1 of the Criminal Code.

April Dawn Irving has been the subject of the seizure of 319 dogs in 3 separate incidents in 2 different provinces over the past 8 years. In the most recent case, 201 dogs were seized from a farm near Milk River, Alberta in January, 2015. The dogs were suffering from numerous injuries and ailments, including “gaping wounds, broken bones and malnutrition.” As if this story wasn’t horrific enough, according to an article by Michael Platt of QMI Agency, in 2007 the Alberta SPCA seized 36 Huskies and Wolfhounds from a northern Alberta kennel run by Irving. In 2010, officers from the Saskatchewan SPCA seized 82 dogs from a property near the town of Leslie, Saskatchewan. In the 2010 case, Irving was charged and convicted under the Saskatchewan Animal Protection Act. She was found guilty of “non-criminal neglect” and fined $5,000, the highest penalty available at the time. She was also banned from owning more than two dogs at a time for a period of 10 years. Unfortunately, prohibitions on animal ownership instituted under provincial legislation are only enforceable in the province in which the prohibition was ordered. Thus, despite the fact that Ms. Irving was banned from owning animals for 10 years in Saskatchewan in 2010, she simply moved to Alberta and was LEGALLY able to own more than 2 dogs in that province. Had she been charged under the Criminal Code of Canada rather than provincial legislation, if convicted, Ms. Irving could have been prohibited from owning animals and that prohibition would have applied across Canada. This is a serious gap in Canada’s animal cruelty and neglect legislation which needs to be addressed. Unfortunately the best that can be done at this time to address situations like this is to charge someone under the federal Criminal Code animal cruelty legislation and, if convicted, order a prohibition under that legislation that can then be enforced across the country. Given April Irving’s previous history and conviction for animal neglect, we respectfully request that decision-makers charge her under the Alberta Animal Protection Act and the Criminal Code of Canada legislation and, if convicted, that they enforce the maximum penalty available, including a prohibition on owning, having the custody or control of or residing in the same premises as an animal or a bird for the rest of her life in accordance with Section 447.1(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada. PETITION FACEBOOK PAGE: TO DONATE TO THE CARE OF THE DOGS: LINKS TO NEWS ARTICLES:

Animal Cruelty Legislation Advocates Canada
26,122 supporters
Petitioning The Government of Canada

Require that everyone convicted of animal cruelty under the Criminal Code of Canada be obligated to undergo mandatory risk assessment and treatment developed specifically to target animal abuse.

WHY IS THIS PETITION IMPORTANT?GETTING ANIMAL ABUSERS TO JAIL IS A START. But we must do something constructive with them while they are there because they will get out eventually. The criminal justice system must understand clearly an animal abuser's risk to reoffend and provide treatment that focuses specifically on animal abuse. Only by doing so will we be able to predict and prevent further violence directed at animals and humans by animal abusers.Rather than being a minor crime with no relation to other criminal behaviour, studies show that animal cruelty is, in fact, a “red flag indicator” of the potential for other criminality, including violence to humans, to be either co-occurring or occur in the future. There are many animal abusers who have also been convicted of other crimes, including violence toward humans. In one of these cases, Brian Whitlock of Vancouver, British Columbia was convicted on June 12, 2013 of animal cruelty for beating his dog Captain in the head and body with a baseball bat. Whitlock had also been convicted of assault and, despite the fact he was sentenced to 60 days in jail, psychological counselling and 3 years of probation, has subsequently been convicted of killing his mother. How could this happen? Please read on. It is important to understand the risks animal abusers may pose to both animals and humans.Animals are easy targets for abuse as they are vulnerable and without legal rights. Although the crime of animal cruelty may be viewed by some people as unimportant or trivial when compared with other crimes, studies show that people who harm animals may also be involved in other criminality, including crimes of violence toward humans, either simultaneously or in the future. Furthermore, according to the National Link Coalition animal abusers often kill and abuse pets to orchestrate fear, violence and retribution in homes marked by domestic violence. They add that animal cruelty rarely occurs in isolation—it’s usually “the tip of the iceberg” and frequently the first opportunity for social services or law enforcement agencies to intervene. In a speech delivered at the Congressional Informational Briefing on Animal Abuse and Domestic Violence in 1998, Special Agent Brantley of the Federal Bureau of Investigation noted the link between animal abuse and violence toward humans (typically referred to simply as “the link”) and revealed the importance of taking animal cruelty into account when assessing a perpetrator’s behaviour when he stated the following: “Some in our society make too much out of qualitatively distinguishing between violence against humans and violence against animals. Ladies and gentlemen, violence against animals is violence and when it is present, it is considered by the people I work with to be synonymous with a history of violence.” As animal cruelty is not only a crime of violence unto itself but one that is linked with violence against humans, the focus should be placed more on the behaviour demonstrated by someone who inflicts violence than on the species or legal status of the target victim. As psychologist Dr. Lynn Loar states, “the behaviour that harms the animal is the same behaviour that harms the human.” As a result of recognizing the link between animal cruelty and violence toward humans, animal protection organizations, social services, and law enforcement agencies in the United States have been working together to address the link since the 1990s. Canada has begun to do the same with the recent creation of the National Centre for the Prosecution of Animal Cruelty. This is great news! However, even when someone is convicted of animal cruelty, there is often inadequate recognition by the courts and other criminal justice workers of the potential risk animal abusers may pose to other animals and humans. If someone convicted of animal cruelty does happen to be sentenced to significant time in custody, available risk assessment tools and treatment options are not designed specifically to allow the assessor to expose and gather information about animal abuse and the perpetrator’s motives for it. These deficiencies need to be addressed.The Colorado LINK Project found that “an animal cruelty offender’s potential risk to public safety may vary from little to none to extreme” and recommends that “animal abuse by adults and children be examined carefully through comprehensive and developmentally sensitive evaluation to help determine the context and seriousness of the abuse, causative factors and the perpetrator’s level of blameworthiness.”As animal cruelty is a crime of violence that is linked to violence against humans, then animals, people, and communities will be safer if everyone convicted of animal cruelty under the Criminal Code of Canada is required to undergo mandatory risk assessment and treatment developed specifically to target animal abuse. Please sign and share the petition to ask the government to ensure such risk assessment and treatment is required.~ Charlene Myers, founder, Animal Cruelty Legislation Advocates Canada~ Carole DeGrood, former Parole Officer (retired), Correctional Service of CanadaFOR UPDATES ABOUT THE PETITION: TO FURTHER INFORMATION:

Animal Cruelty Legislation Advocates Canada
13,207 supporters
Petitioning All pertinent decision-makers responsible for the lives of John Buehler's dogs

Spare the lives of the dogs once owned by Mr. John Buehler, now deceased, and give them every opportunity to be re-homed.

PETITIONING THE RCMP, BC CROWN COUNSEL, HONOURABLE JUDGE, THE CORPORATION OF THE VILLAGE OF VALEMOUNT, BC, THE BC SPCA, AND ANY OTHER PERTINENT DECISION-MAKERS:Please allow Prince George Equine and Animal Rescue to continue with their care and rehabilitation of four of the five German Shepherd Dogs (Max, Zeus, Rango, Nova and Timber) seized from Mr. John Robert Buehler. Please also ensure that the dogs are provided with whatever (re)training is necessary and do whatever else is required to have them re-homed, either with or without the continued involvement of Prince George Equine and Animal Rescue. Thank you for sparing the lives of these dogs to date and please continue to give them every opportunity to be re-homed. BACKGROUND: On June 19, 2014, police were involved in a standoff with a man alleged to be Mr. John Robert Buehler. According to a news release, the man allegedly “set up camp at a local outdoor recreation area and was restricting access to the trails by having six unrestrained German Shepherd dogs on the property. When approached by a user of the trails requesting to have the dogs restrained, the male threatened to harm her by using the dogs. Members of the Valemount and McBride RCMP attended the location to arrest the male for uttering threats when they were subsequently rushed by the six unrestrained dogs. The male then used the dogs as a shield to prevent the police from making an arrest resulting in a four hour standoff with police. The male was taken into custody without incident after lengthy negotiations. The dogs along with several loaded firearms and ammunition were subsequently seized as part of the police investigation.” (see On September 17, however, the man involved in this standoff was shot and killed by the RCMP in relation to another incident. Thus, the dogs will not be returning to their owner, but it would be unfair to hold the dogs accountable for the actions of their now deceased owner. A court case is scheduled to take place in January and it is possible that an order could still be made to have the dogs destroyed as a result of being deemed dangerous. Five of the dogs were taken into care by Prince George Equine and Animal Rescue (PGEAR). One of the dogs, Nova, has since been released to live with a relative of Mr. Buehler. The sixth dog, named Seven, remains at large in the bush. Nicola Redpath of PGEAR indicates the dogs in their care have been assessed by a professional who deems the dogs capable of being re-homed. We respectfully request that all decision-makers in this case please continue to spare the lives of these dogs and give them every opportunity to be re-homed. LINK TO FACEBOOK PAGE FOR UPDATES: LINKS TO NEWS ARTICLES:

Animal Cruelty Legislation Advocates Canada
16,520 supporters
Petitioning The Honourable Norm Letnick

Incorporate the Canadian Codes of Practice for the Care and Handling of Farm Animals into British Columbia legislation.

ANYONE IS WELCOME TO SIGN THIS PETITION, YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE A BC RESIDENTRecently, Mercy for Animals Canada filmed horrible abuse of dairy cows at Chilliwack Cattle Sales, the largest dairy farm in Canada, who supplies milk to Saputo. The BC SPCA recommended animal cruelty charges against the 8 employees, who have since been fired, but this cruelty might have been prevented.According to the BC SPCA, "the Canadian Codes of Practice for the care and handling of farm animals have yet to be adopted into B.C. law as in some other provinces. Animal protection legislation in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Newfoundland, New Brunswick and PEI has adopted the national Codes of Practice for farm animals to define minimum acceptable standards in those provinces.” We want the same for British Columbia!!!The Petition:In light of the recent abuses filmed by Mercy for Animals Canada at Chilliwack Cattle Sales dairy farm in Chilliwack, British Columbia, and other similar atrocities filmed at other types of farming operations, we the undersigned respectfully request that the Canadian Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Farm Animals be incorporated into British Columbia legislation.***PLEASE ALSO TAKE THESE OTHER ACTIONS WHICH WILL SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASE THE PETITION'S LIKELIHOOD OF SUCCESS***1)  Write, e-mail, and/or tweet your MLA (Member of the Legislative Assembly) to ask that they support the incorporation of the Codes of Practice for the Care and Handling of Farm Animals into BC Legislation.      Link to find your MLA:      Link to Twitter accounts of MLAs: 2)  Sign the Mercy for Animals Canada petition: 3)  Ask your retailer to stock SPCA-certified products: 4)  Read more here: LINKS TO NEWS ARTICLES AND FURTHER INFORMATION (WARNING – SOME CONTAIN GRAPHIC CONTENT):

Animal Cruelty Legislation Advocates Canada
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