Change Nova Scotia's Animal Protection Act to include harsher punishments!

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The new Animal Protection Act in Nova Scotia was introduced on September 13th, 2018, but we find that it is too broad and that all offences do not deserve the same punishments. The act also needs to introduce harsher punishments for those who commit heinous crimes towards animals.

Under Nova Scotia's current act:

"42 (1) Any person who contravenes this Act, the regulations or an order issued under this Act or the regulations is guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction

(a) for a first offence, to a fine of not more than $25,000 and, in default of payment, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months, or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months, or to both fine and imprisonment;

(b) for a second offence, to a fine of not more than $50,000 and, in default of payment, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months, or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months, or to both fine and imprisonment; or

(c) for a third or subsequent offence, to a fine of not more than $75,000 and, in default of payment, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years, or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years, or to both fine and imprisonment."

This means that first time offenders could all receive the same punishment, regardless of severity of the crime? That is simply unacceptable.

This petition was prompted by a current case happening in Sylvester, Nova Scotia. A man has allegedly beat, starved, and murdered several dogs (including 7 puppies). He will remain unnamed and these are only allegations until he appears before the court, but if convicted the maximum sentence this man could receive is 6 months? That is not okay.

Anyone who has had a companion animal knows that they have different personalities, they experience happiness, sadness, fear, and pain just like us. The only difference is that they cannot speak or call for help. They rely on humans to provide them with necessary care and now they need us to stand up for them and become their voice.

We need to demand stronger laws for them. We want abusers to be held accountable for their actions and we will not stop until this happens!

When compared to the rest of the world, Nova Scotia's animal protection laws would not receive a passing grade. England had a 6 month maximum prison sentence but found that it was not a strong enough deterrent and has increased it to 5 years for serious offences.

Five years will not bring back any of the lives lost or take away the suffering that's already happened but it's time for abusers to start receiving sentences that reflect the seriousness of their crime!

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH, IT'S TIME TO GET TOUGH!

 



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