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Animal Justice Advises on Criminal Code Amendment

Animal Justice Canada today submitted recommendations on NDP MP Isabelle Morin’s Private Member’s Bill C-592: An Act to Amend the Criminal Code (Cruelty to Animals), that seeks to update and improve Federal animal protection laws.

“Animal Justice Canada is pleased to provide recommendations for the improvement of proposed Criminal Code animal cruelty law amendments. It is our hope that our experience and expertise in Animal Law will be of use to government as it endeavors to update animal cruelty laws that date back to 1892,” said Nicholas dePencier Wright, Executive Director of Animal Justice Canada.

The Bill is scheduled for its second reading on June 16, 2014. Key proposed amendments to the Criminal Code include defining the term ‘animal’ to reduce ambiguity and promote consistent interpretation and introducing provisions for negligent offences in addition to those that are willful.

A copy of the Animal Justice Canada submission can be read online HERE.

The status of Bill C-592 can be followed HERE.

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