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Animals and the Law

The CFHS promotes the enactment of federal, provincial and municipal legislation that protects animals from cruelty and provides a framework to ensure animals are treated humanely and with respect.

Political Animal is a document created by the CFHS to keep parliamentarians updated on animal welfare issues.

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Political animal

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  • Criminal Code amendments

    The CFHS has been calling on the government to amend the animal cruelty sections of the Criminal Code of Canada for more than 25 years. In 1999, the government launched a consultation process to gather input on what changes were needed to the animal cruelty provisions, which were originally enacted…

  • Commonly asked questions about the amendments

    These questions are posed relevant to Bill C-229, but would also apply to all the bills proposed in the House of Commons to amend the animal cruelty sections of the Criminal Code since 1999. I am an avid hunter and also enjoy fishing. Will this legislation make hunting and fishing an animal cru…

  • Provincial legislation

    All of the provinces and territories have animal protection laws. They vary widely in terms of which animal welfare issues are covered and the level of protection provided. The degree to which the laws are enforced, and who is responsible for enforcement of the laws, also varies significantly from o…

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