An Act to amend the Criminal Code (cruelty to animals)

This bill was last introduced in the 40th Parliament, 3rd Session, which ended in March 2011.

This bill was previously introduced in the 40th Parliament, 2nd Session and the 40th Parliament, 1st Session.


Mark Holland  Liberal

Introduced as a private member’s bill. (These don’t often become law.)


Introduced, as of Jan. 26, 2009
(This bill did not become law.)


This is from the published bill. The Library of Parliament often publishes better independent summaries.

This enactment amends the Criminal Code by consolidating animal cruelty offences and increasing the maximum penalties.


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Animal CrueltyStatements By Members

March 7th, 2011 / 2 p.m.
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Libby Davies NDP Vancouver East, BC

Mr. Speaker, like many in B.C., I was horrified to learn of the slaughter of 100 sled dogs in Whistler. These dogs were massacred in an inhumane and cruel manner and then buried in a mass grave.

Public reaction has been huge as Canadians express their outrage and sadness about this appalling crime. I would like to thank the many people who have sent petitions banning the import of cat and dog fur, and petitions pressing for a ban on human consumption of horse meat. I am very pleased to have seconded Bill C-618 regarding the banning of products made of cat and dog fur. I strongly support Bill C-229 to strengthen cruelty to animals laws so that those responsible for such acts would be punished accordingly.

All these important citizen initiatives have focused our attention on what needs to be done.

Animal cruelty laws must be effective and they must not be stripped down in the Senate. I urge all members to join together to protect animals and prevent animal cruelty.

Animal ProtectionPetitionsRoutine Proceedings

June 8th, 2009 / 3:10 p.m.
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Yvon Godin NDP Acadie—Bathurst, NB

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 36, I want to present a petition signed by hundreds of people in my riding. Given that Bill S-203 lacked content and has not brought about much change, Canada continues to lag behind other countries when it comes to animal protection legislation.

With this petition, we are calling on Parliament to pass new legislation proposed in former Bill C-273, which is now Bill C-229, in order to bring Canada's animal welfare legislation up to date.

Criminal CodeRoutine Proceedings

November 26th, 2008 / 3:15 p.m.
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Mark Holland Liberal Ajax—Pickering, ON

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-229, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (cruelty to animals).

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to introduce, yet again, a bill dealing with animal cruelty. It is my hope that this will be the session when we finally pass laws that modernize our antiquated animal cruelty laws.

The bill I am presenting is the result of more than 10 years of compromise among the animal welfare groups, the animal use industries, this House and the other place, and has been passed by the House of Commons on two separate occasions, which gives me hope that it will be swiftly passed now that it has been introduced.

It is also my pleasure to introduce a bill that would amend the Criminal Code to add new sections for animal cruelty offences.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)