Currently there is a bill making its way through Parliament that seeks to amend the Criminal Code of Canada to improve protection for law enforcement animals, military animals and service animals. Bill C-35 makes it an offence to “wilfully and without lawful excuse, kill, maim, wound, poison or injury a law enforcement animal while it is aiding a law enforcement officer in carrying out that officer’s duties, a military animal while it is aiding a member of the Canadian Forces in carrying out that member’s duties or a service animals.”
Enforcement and military animals have been given the job of protecting us. A job that they do willingly and for which they sometimes make the ultimate sacrifice. Service animals are specifically trained to assist people to enrich their lives. Animals who can guide the blind, signal to the hearing impaired to provide other services to people who need them. C-35 will increase penalties against those who commit acts of cruelty towards these animals.
The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies (CFHS) is supporting Bill C-35 and working to improve animal cruelty laws across Canada. We recently presented to the Justice and Human Rights Committy in support of this bill.
It took the CFHS three years of in-depth and complicated scientific discussions and tireless and, at some times, challenging negotiations with the pork industry to accomplish a win for pigs. Your donations kept us at the negotiating table and your donations mean that pigs will live better lives.
More animals on our farms need your support. Like the improved codes of practice for pigs, two codes continue to be negotiated (meat chickens/turkeys and laying hens) and up to three new ones will begin; one of those codes is veal.
The CFHS has been improving living conditions for Canada’s farm animals since our inception in 1957. As an animal welfare leader, the CFHS negotiates with animal industry leaders to update and strengthen the codes that outline minimum standards of care.
This process does not happen overnight and, the final product requires an entire industry to accept in order for it to be effective. That's why your support is so important. Your funding has allowed the CFHS and its Code Representatives to continue to negotiate with industry groups to ensure that the highest levels of animal welfare and enrichment on Canadian farms are realized.
Thank you for your support! With your financial contributions we can make 2015 a banner year in the fight to eliminate the market for puppy mills. To support our Finding Fido program, the CFHS launched the Choose Adoption campaign. This national campaign is foucused on decreasing euthanasia rates and diminish the demand for animals inhumanely raised in puppy mills.
The identifying marker of this campaign is a branded teal ribbon, to elevate the concept of pet adoption by identifying an animal and/or its human companion as being associated with the pet adoption community. The ribbon can be used in many forms: as a cloth ribbon to attach to an animal’s collar, leash or clothing, as a magnet to apply to vehicles and/or as a printed collar tag.
Thank you again for your passion and support. For more information about the Choose Adoption campaign, visit: www.FindingFido.ca