Animal cruelty in food industries

Gene Baur writes that a functional democracy requires openness, transparency and accountability, and a healthy marketplace requires the same. The Agriculture Department's recent move to delete records showing violations of the Animal Welfare Act from its website undermines both.

Animal cruelty in food industries

Expand Animal Cruelty Legislation Advocates Canada You'd think it wouldn't be too hard to pass a law against cruelty to animals, right? When a new Parliament convenes, MPs get to introduce their own private members' bills. Their names are drawn lottery-style to determine the order.

So far so good. The bill would make some long-overdue changes to the animal cruelty provisions of the Criminal Code, whose current provisions were enacted in No, that's not a typo. The Code currently treats animals as someone's property. Cruelty to an animal is harm to the animal's owner.

Prosecutors have to prove intent to harm the animal - not just neglect, but "wilful neglect" to obtain a conviction. A man who beat his own dog to death with a baseball bat, for example, was recently acquitted because the dog died quickly. Loopholes in the Criminal Code have led courts to acquit animal abusers so often that prosecutors know it's usually pointless to lay charges.

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There are some 45, cruelty complaints every year in Canada, but only one in 1, results in charges, and far fewer in convictions. Bill C will create a new offence to cover situations where an animal is killed "brutally or viciously, regardless of whether the animal dies immediately.

These improvements will make it easier to convict cruel puppy mill operators, animal fighting rings and people who beat, neglect or kill their animals. The bill is also calling for a ban on the import of shark fins and cat and dog fur, and requires fur to be labelled with its animal source.

A mandatory lifetime ban on owning animals after a second conviction also forms part of the proposals. Last month, in a case involving abuse of a child and an animal, the Supreme Court of Canada held that the current Criminal Code prohibits bestiality only if there is actual penetration.

The Court reasoned that if Parliament intended to prohibit more than that, it would have said so. Bill C says so! It defines bestiality as any sexual activity between a person and an animal.

Sincethere have been 13 attempts to amend the animal cruelty provisions of the Criminal Code. The amendments proposed in Bill C are not new. They have been passed by the House of Commons three times. They didn't become law because animal-use industries fought to delay them until they died when elections were called and governments changed.

The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies has called these proposed changes to the Code "the most widely and publicly debated set of amendments possibly in the history of Canada.

Yet the hair-on-fire doomsayers seem to be having their way with our elected representatives once again.

Animal cruelty in food industries

Liberal MP Bill Blair, parliamentary secretary to the minister of justice, says his government would rather conduct a "comprehensive review of the Criminal Code" with "broad public consultations" instead.

For those keeping score, the Criminal Code has sections, 92 schedules and forms and 85 regulations. What is the government afraid of? Fears being drummed up by Conservative MP Robert Sopuck and some of his colleagues claim that Bill C "poses a grave threat to traditional animal use hunting, angling, medical research, pet ownership and livestock husbandry, etc in Canada.

The Fish'n Canada website weighed in recently with a cheesy Photoshopped picture of two fishermen behind bars and makes the claim that "Canadian families who fish together will do time together if Bill C becomes law.

No one wants to end farming, fishing, hunting, medical research or pet ownership. A Department of Justice backgrounder states clearly that the bill "will make no changes to the way the law applies to currently lawful activities involving animals.

The backgrounder also specifically states that no existing Aboriginal or treaty rights are changed or affected by the bill. The Liberal Party's election platform promised evidence-based decision-making.

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The evidence is that Canada's animal cruelty laws are shamefully inadequate. The PM and Cabinet, however, have yet to decide whether to support the bill at second reading so it can then be reviewed by an all-party committee of the House.

And this is why we are still discussing legislation in Stop Puppy Mills in Canada.Support restaurants and cafes that care about animal welfare and who are putting humane food on the menu.

On today’s factory farms, animals are crammed by the thousands into filthy, windowless sheds and stuffed into wire cages, metal crates, and other torturous devices. These animals will never raise their families, root around in the soil, build nests, or do anything that is natural and important to them.

On today’s factory farms, animals are crammed by the thousands into filthy, windowless sheds and stuffed into wire cages, metal crates, and other torturous devices. Intensive animal farming or industrial livestock production, also known as factory farming, is a production approach towards farm animals in order to maximize production output, while minimizing production costs.

Intensive farming refers to animal husbandry, the keeping of livestock such as cattle, poultry, and fish at higher stocking densities than is usually the case with other forms of.

Slaughterhouse waste. Slaughterhouse waste is defined as animal body parts cut off in the preparation of carcasses for use as food. This waste can come from several sources, including slaughterhouses, restaurants, stores and the UK, slaughterhouse waste is classed as category 3 risk waste in the Animal By-Products Regulations, with the exception of condemned meat which is classed as.

Help Save Wildlife. By as many as one fifth of all animal species may be lost, gone forever. In recent times, hundreds of species have become extinct as a result of human activities.

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