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CVMA Submits Joint Letter Calling for Updates to Canadian Laws Addressing Shortcomings in Relation to Bestiality and Animal Fighting

April 13, 2018

The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA), along with 11 other stakeholder groups, recently submitted a letter to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada calling for an update to Canada’s laws to address the shortcomings in relation to bestiality and animal fighting during its review and update of the Criminal Code.

The letter urges the government to remedy a legislative gap by defining the term “bestiality” to mean any contact for a sexual purpose between a person and an animal. It also calls for an update to the Criminal Code provisions dealing with animal fighting to explicitly include all species of animals and to add an offence of profiting from animal fighting.

Read the full letter here.