Criminal Code Reform: Bills C-610 & C-592

Criminal Code Reform: Bills C-610 & C-592 »

In the past few months, two private member’s bills have been introduced to the House of Commons in an effort to amend Canada’s animal cruelty laws in the Criminal Code of Canada. In April 2014, MP Isabelle Morin introduced bill…

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PEI Animal Protection: When Will it Get Better?

PEI Animal Protection: When Will it Get Better? »

It’s been three and a half years since the 2010 conviction of puppy mill operator Bud Wheatley exposed serious flaws in how Prince Edward Island protects animals. The case revealed what many people already knew, that animals had been suffering…

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Breed-Specific Legislation: Ontario’s Pit Bull Ban

Breed-Specific Legislation: Ontario’s Pit Bull Ban »

In August 2005, the Ontario government enacted the Dog Owner’s Liability Act [1] outlawing the possession, breeding, importing and transferring of pit bulls in Ontario. [2] The legislation replaced regulations that permitted pit bulls so long as they were muzzled and leashed in…

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The Return of Ontario’s Spring Bear Hunt

The Return of Ontario’s Spring Bear Hunt »

Black bear populations are increasing in most parts of North America and of course, humans are also continuing to expand in both population and territorial reign.1 When areas of sizeable human use overlap bear habitat, conflict can arise. The question…

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OSPCA Act: A Better Way Forward

OSPCA Act: A Better Way Forward »

Animal Justice Canada has released ‘OSPCA Act: A Better Way Forward’. This comprehensive review provides commentary on and best practice recommendations for Ontario’s primary piece of animal welfare legislation – the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals…

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WTO Upholds European Union Ban on Seal Hunt

WTO Upholds European Union Ban on Seal Hunt »

The WTO has upheld the European Union’s ban on seal products under the trade agreements’ “public morality” clause, agreeing that the EU’s citizens find the killing and skinning methods used by Canadian seal hunters morally reprehensible.

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Gestation Crates and Intensive Pig Farming

Gestation Crates and Intensive Pig Farming »

Gestation crates, otherwise known as sow stalls, are heavily used in intensive pig farming to confine female breeding pigs (sows) during pregnancy. The confinement is so tight that mother pigs cannot turn around to scratch themselves or even take a…

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Don't Shoot that Dog!

Don’t Shoot that Dog! »

If you are from Manitoba you will likely be well aware that the expression “dog days” does not merely refer to those lazy days of summer, but also to the annual dog culls that take place within the province. Dog…

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