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.
The CFHS advocacy team quickly united Canadian animal welfare groups and mobilized a response to a Private Member’s Bill that was announced in early spring. Bill C-592, tabled by NDP MP Isabelle Morin, shocked animal welfare groups across the country when it unexpectedly contained a potentially devastating amendment that would exempt pest control, rodeo events, traditional or sport hunting or fishing and livestock raising or slaughter in an agriculture context from the Criminal Code of Canada.
The CFHS, leading a loose coalition of animal welfare groups, met with Thomas Mulcair’s office, MP Isabelle Morin and the House Leader of the NDP to outline our concerns. We were successful in securing a commitment from the NDP leadership that they did not support exemptions and that they would not allow the bill to move to second reading.
Because of your support, CFHS is launching a new and unique program called the National Centre for the Prosecution of Animal Cruelty (NCPAC). NCPAC designs and delivers training to the legal community that reflects current best practices in animal cruelty prosecution. NCPAC provides essential resources and crucial training to Crown prosecutors which supports them in effective prosecution of animal cruelty cases using the Criminal Code of Canada leading to more convictions and higher sentences.
NCPAC will launch publicly in January 2015 and deliver the first set of four one-hour training modules in February.
The advancements we are making in Animal Cruelty Legislation is possible because of the support we receive from you. Thank you!
Too often in Canada animal abusers do not face justice. Through your support, CFHS has been working to change that by building the National Centre for the Prosecution of Animal Cruelty - a training and resource program for Canadian Crown Counsel dedicated to securing animal cruelty prosecutions that result in more convictions with higher sentences. Created in partnership with Chief Animal Protection Officers, Crown Counsel in multiple provinces, and specialized veterinarians, we are in the final stages of development of a four part webinar series, a manual and an on-line case law database. Our launch is scheduled for January 2015.
We need your help on Global Giving Bonus Day to have all the documents, the case law database and training sessions translated into French. We need an additional $16,000 to make sure that all prosecutors in Quebec have equal access to these invaluable resources.
A quick word about us:
The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies (CFHS) is the only national voice of Canadian animal welfare. We represent humane societies and SPCAs across the country working to build a humane Canada.
We value your support and ask that you help us today, on Global Giving Bonus Day, to achieve matching funds from Global Giving!
All the Best,
Working with progressive members such as the BC SPCA and the Montreal SPCA, the CFHS is developing a training course for Crown Prosecutors. The objective of this training is to enhance Prosecutors' abilities to effectively prosecute and convict crimes of animal abuse. We are able to develop this training, in part, to your support through GlobalGiving.
The CFHS continues to consult with Justice and other departments on ways to enhance Canada's provisions around animal protection.
The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies continues to educate Canadian Members of Parliament and Senators on the current state of Canadian animal welfare, including companion animals and farm animals.
Through the distribution of our Political Animal publication to the Senate and House of Commons, we are further engaging MPs on animal welfare in Canada and opening discussions on what is happening in their local constituencies.
You can access a digital copy of Political Animal at: http://cfhs.ca/law/
Our work to educate our lawmakers and Crown Prosecutors continues to gain momentum thanks to your support.
The CFHS convened its members on Parliament Hill this past fall on November 19. This annual reception with MPs and Senators was great opportunity for our members to discuss the role of the humane society and SPCA in local communities. We had many return visitors, along with Minister of Justice, Peter McKay.
The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies continues to educate Canadian Members of Parliament and Senators on the current state of Canadian animal welfare, including companion animals and farm animals. Through the distribution of our Political Animal publication to the Senate and House of Commons, we are further engaging MPs on animal welfare in Canada and opening discussions on what is happening in their local constituencies.
Our work to educate our lawmakers continues to gain momentum thanks to your support.
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