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04-10-2008, 05:25 PM
i recieved this leter in my mail today and i thought i would share it with all of you if you are interested. some facts on the new anti cruelty bill.

International Fund for Animal Welfare | April 10 , 2008

2008 has not been a good year for animals. The media has reported on cases of horrific acts of cruelty including a family cat being killed in a microwave, a puppy being beaten to death with a hammer and 29 horses dying from severe neglect and another 100 in need of emergency medical care.

2008 has also not been a good year for democracy. Despite the strong message we have delivered to our Members of Parliament for the past nine years, last night, our elected official passed Bill S-203 against the will of Canadians.

S-203 allows animal abusers to walk free
S-203 allows cruelty to wildlife, stray and feral animals
S-203 allows crimes of neglect to go virtually unpunished
S-203 allows the cruel reality of breeding and training of dogs for dog fighting

Did your Member of Parliament Vote to End Animal Cruelty?

Find out if your Member of Parliament supported Bill S-203 or voted against Bill S-203 at http://www.dontbecruel.ca

IFAW recently released a report comparing Canada's animal cruelty legislation to 13 other countries around the world. Canada's legislation ranked at the bottom of all comparisons and is worse than the Philippines and Malaysia.

Startling facts revealed in the report include:

Canada is alone in offering virtually no protection for wild and stray animals
Canada's legislation does not include a clear definition of 'animal' while other countries are explicit
Canada is the only country that does not provide protection for animals being trained to fight each other
Canada is the only country that makes is virtually impossible to prosecute cases of neglect.

Bill S-203 does nothing to improve our animal cruelty laws and make them internationally relevant and is not what the vast majority of Canadians want.

Our MPs need to start being accountable to us. Visit http://www.dontbecruel.ca ( http://www.kintera.org/TR.asp?a=bdJJLLMgFbJNI0K&s=4dLGKROrEbJELNMpEnE&m=owK7LiNWLiJ7G&af=y ) to find out if your Member of Parliament represented your voice in Ottawa and learn how to take action.


Olivier Bonnet
Director, IFAW Canada

IFAW is planning to raise an estimated amount of CAN$2.5 million this year on fund-raising campaigns. It will cost our organization an estimated CAN$407,500. The money raised will support IFAW's international animal-welfare campaigns. For further information, please contact the Canadian Supporter Relations Manager at 1-888-500-4329 ext. 241. Our address is 1 Nicholas Street, Suite 612, Ottawa, ON K1N 7B7.

IFAW 2008
Suite 612, 1 Nicholas Street, Ottawa, ON K1N 7B7, Canada

04-10-2008, 06:11 PM
Misguided people.

Here's the text on Bill S-203


All crimes carry a punishment, most common one is:

(a) an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term of not more than five years; or

(b) an offence punishable on summary conviction and liable to a fine not exceeding ten thousand dollars or to imprisonment for a term of not more than eighteen months or to both.

So yes, you can get 5 years in prison for abusing an animal.

04-10-2008, 06:37 PM

Barry Morris
04-10-2008, 07:10 PM
Here's why the facts are being distorted, Hans:

"IFAW is planning to raise an estimated amount of CAN$2.5 million this year on fund-raising campaigns."

Super Gram
04-10-2008, 11:07 PM
I was checking who voted for what.

The other day I read that McGuinty is going to bring a bill forth on animal cruelty for Ontario.

I see most of the Ontario Liberals and NDP voted against it. So if McGuinty keeps his promise ........the laws in Ontario may soon change. At least it's a step in the right direction.

The ones that voted for it. I would say were thinking of seals.