This article discusses the legal status of animals in the US and Canada, focusing on a comparison of the treatment of animals as property under the respective forms of tort law, family law, and wills & estates law in the two countries. The anti-animal cruelty statutes of both countries are also examined, along with Canada’s slow reformation of its criminal laws related to animal abuses. The legal treatment of companion animals is mentioned. In 2008, Canada reportedly amended its Criminal Code to add increased fines for animal cruelty violations.
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