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CVMA Offers To Help Develop Animal Cruelty Bill

September 5, 2014

Private member’s Bill C-592 to amend the Criminal Code animal cruelty section was tabled in April 2014, by Member of Parliament Isabelle Morin. MP Morin contacted CVMA requesting support for this private members bill. Although CVMA is pleased to see that MP Morin’s bill addresses many of the weaknesses in the current animal cruelty legislation, we have declined support for Bill C-592 as drafted. Bill C-592 provides an exemption for animal cruelty offences for specific activities (i.e., pest control, rodeo, hunting and fishing, livestock raising/slaughter) and therefore CVMA is unable to support the bill in its entirety. 

CVMA has offered to work with MP Morin to develop an amendment to the animal cruelty section of the Criminal Code that addresses the weaknesses in the current legislation such as:

  • Moving animal cruelty offences out of the property section of the Criminal Code
  • Adding an offence for ‘brutal and vicious’ killing of animals
  • Removing the term ‘wilful neglect’ as burden of proof for animal cruelty conviction

CVMA has been actively supporting efforts to amend the Criminal Code since 1998. We will continue to seek opportunities to work with the federal government to strengthen Canada’s Criminal Code in a way that corrects the flaws in current animal cruelty legislation while maintaining protection of lawful practices such as hunting and fishing, trapping, livestock production and scientific research.