Animal Protection Act Enforcement. We Want Our Police Service to Help Protect Animals Too!

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Help tell the Office of the Chief of Police that we believe creating a small team of specialized police officers with dedicated funding to serve the Edmonton Police Service (EPS) in investigating animal cruelty cases is what Edmontonians want!

Investigations of crimes against animals are unique with many legal challenges simply because the victims can’t speak for themselves. Therefore, these cases require specialized police investigators for skilled evidence collection, proper court documentation and successful prosecution.

As of January 2019 the Edmonton Humane Society no longer enforces the Animal Protection Act. This important legislation, which prohibits causing or permitting animals to be in distress, is currently being enforced in Edmonton by only four Animal Care and Control Peace Officers with no formal assistance from EPS. Many investigations related to the Animal Protection Act also overlap with Criminal Code offences against animals. Therefore, a close partnership between specialized EPS officers and Animal Care and Control officers would be a meaningful step forward for investigating crimes against animals. 

Sadly, there is no dedicated funding for the enforcement of crimes involving cruelty against animals within EPS and currently these types of investigations do not get much police attention, if any. It is well recognized that individuals who abuse animals often are (or will be) mistreating vulnerable people within our society.

An Animal Cruelty Task Force within the Edmonton Police Service would lead to a significant increase in the quality and quantity of investigations and prosecutions that could ultimately be launched against those who decide to harm the most vulnerable beings in our society.

The special assignment of officers to pursue and investigate crimes of this nature would signal to the world that Edmonton takes these matters seriously.

Our goals are to demand for an EPS Animal Cruelty Task Force that'll promote community policing and partnership among police officers working the Domestic Offender Crimes Section (DOCS), Animal Care and Control Centre (ACCC) employees, City of Edmonton Peace Officers, Mental Health Nurses, Social Workers and Veterinary professionals. This way we can focus on building healthy communities together and not just a focus on punitive measures.

By signing this petition, you agree that the Edmonton Police Service should be committed and dedicated to funding specialized police officers to help to pursue and investigate crimes of this nature. Please show your support of this funding by signing the petition.