An Act to amend the Criminal Code (cruelty to animals)
Peggy Nash NDP
Introduced as a private member’s bill. (These don’t often become law.)
Introduction and First Reading
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April 2nd, 2012 / 3:10 p.m.
Françoise Boivin Gatineau, QC
Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to present a petition signed by people from Gatineau and Ottawa in support of Bill C-232, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (cruelty to animals), moved by the hon. member for Parkdale—High Park.
This bill would repeal the existing provisions of the Criminal code relating to animal cruelty, which are found in the part of the Criminal Code dealing with property, in recognition that animals can also feel pain.
These amendments would provide more protection for wild or stray animals than is possible under the current legislation. They would also help to close the loopholes that too often allow those who mistreat animals to escape punishment.
And to all those who took part in my little Facebook competition to name my newest cat, let me say that her name is now Bugzoo. Welcome, Bugzoo.
June 16th, 2011 / 12:20 p.m.
Peggy Nash Parkdale—High Park, ON
moved for leave to introduce Bill C-232, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (cruelty to animals).
Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank my colleague from Jeanne-Le Ber for seconding this bill.
This bill would better protect animals from intentional cruelty. Clearly, animals are sentient beings; they are not property. This bill would take the provision about animal cruelty out of the property section of the Criminal Code.
We have seen far too many examples of animal cruelty that escape the current laws. This bill would increase the likelihood of conviction for animal cruelty.
(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)