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jenbizagogo
02-25-2003, 05:42 PM
Canadian Anti-Cruelty Bill in Danger! Calls Desperately Needed!

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Bill C-10(b), an amendment to improve the cruelty-to-animals section of Canada's Criminal Code, is in serious trouble in the Senate. The current archaic criminal code does not protect stray animals or wildlife, and crimes against animals are considered property crimes. If passed, Bill C-10(b) (formerly C-15B) will allow for stricter sentences for those who inflict deliberate cruelty on animals and those who neglect animals to such an extent that significant animal suffering occurs. The bill will be considered by the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs in mid-March. Highlights of this bill include provisions for the following:

. A maximum five-year imprisonment term (the current maximum is six months)

. An increase in the maximum penalty from six months' to 18 months' imprisonment if the Crown elects to proceed by summary conviction

. Punishment of an indictable offense by imprisonment not to exceed five years

. An unlimited fine, to be determined by the judge on a case-by-case basis

. Authorization of judges to order anyone convicted to pay restitution to a humane society or other organization that cared for the abused animal

. Sentencing that includes a lifetime prohibition against owning and/or harboring any animal in the future

. The removal of crimes against animals from the property section of the Criminal Code.

The Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs is set to amend the bill to exempt all abuses of animals perpetrated by anyone who is affiliated with an animal-using industry. If this happens, animals in Canada will be even worse off than they are now--when they're supposedly being protected by a law that is 113 years old! Click here to see the text of the bill in its entirety.

Time is crucial. Between February 27 and March 29, 2003, Bill C-10(b) is scheduled for a final vote in the Senate. Please don't allow animals to wait another century for a chance to receive legal protection. Let the senators on the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee know that you want them to pass Bill C-10(b) without amendments and without delay! Canadian animals desperately need your help! Until the Senate passes the legislation, please call committee members at 1-800-267-7362 or call:

Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs
Sen. George Furey, Chair (liberal)
Tel.: 613-943-7805
Fax: 613-943-7807
E-Mail: fureyge@sen.parl.gc.ca

Sen. Raymell Andreychuk (conservative)
Tel.: 613-947-2239
Fax: 613-947-2241

Sen. George Baker (liberal)
Fax: 613-947-1525
E-Mail: bakerg@sen.parl.gc.ca

Sen. Gérald Beaudoin (conservative)
Tel.: 613-995-6128
Fax: 613-943-0685
E-Mail: beaudg@sen.parl.gc.ca

Sen. John Bryden (liberal)
Tel.: 613-947-7305
Fax: 613-947-7307
E-Mail: brydej@sen.parl.gc.ca

Sen. Anne Cools (liberal)
Tel.: 613-992-2808
Fax: 613-992-8513
E-Mail: coolsa@sen.parl.gc.ca

Sen. Mobina Jaffer (liberal)
Tel.: 613-992-0189
Fax: 613-992-0673
E-Mail: jaffem@sen.parl.gc.ca

Sen. Serge Joyal (liberal)
Tel.: 613-943-0434
Fax: 613-943-0441
E-Mail: joyals@sen.parl.gc.ca

Sen. Pierre Claude Nolin (conservative)
Tel.: 613-943-1451
Fax: 613-943-1792
E-Mail: nolinp@sen.parl.gc.ca

Sen. Landon Pearson (liberal)
Tel.: 613-947-7134
Fax: 613-944-4083
E-Mail: pearsl@sen.parl.gc.ca

Sen. David P. Smith (liberal)
Tel.: 613-944-4079
Fax: 613-944-4083
E-Mail: smithd@sen.parl.gc.ca

Sen. Terry Stratton (conservative)
Tel.: 613-947-2224
Fax: 613-943-1463

Thank you for your time and your compassion for animals!