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 adds a new Part to the Criminal Code for animal cruelty offences and repeals the existing provisions relating to animal cruelty that are found in Part XI of the Code (Wilful and Forbidden Acts in respect of Certain Property).


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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-230, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (cruelty to animals).

Mr. Speaker, as I said earlier, the House has passed very similar legislation. In this instance, I referenced earlier that I was bringing forward a bill to close loopholes that exist within our current Criminal Code.

With so many SPCA officers coming forward to say that they see horrific abuse against animals that is not acted upon, that people get away with it all the time, that those same places have later reports of domestic abuse or abuse against children and when we know this is a precursor to other types of activities of violence against human beings, it is something that is long overdue. These laws have not been properly modernized since Victorian times, over 100 years ago.

It is my hope that both this bill and the one I introduced just moments ago can be passed swiftly.

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