To those of you who live in Canada
I just received the following message through the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies. Last year we had a federal election in Canada, the timing of which effectively killed a Bill C-22 which contained animal cruelty legislation.
So things are finally rolling again. Fingers crossed that this will be good news.
>From: "Tanya O'Callaghan" <[email protected]
>Subject: CFHS message to member societies
>Date: Tue, 8 Mar 2005 11:06:12 -0500
>As you can see from the press release we sent you this morning, 'the cat is out of the bag' on Senator Bryden's Bill S-24. You will recall we informed you a week ago (check timing) that Senator Bryden tabled Bill S-24 to amend the animal cruelty sections of the Criminal Code. His bill contains the entire text of the existing Criminal Code sections 444-446, but includes the higher penalties proposed in Bill C-22. He also included the restitution clause and the clause permitting up to a lifetime prohibion on animal ownership.
>At that time, we didn't know if animal industry groups were aware of Senator Bryden's bill so we were keeping it quiet. However, now that they know about it and may be supporting it, we feel the media should know about it. We are asking you to continue generating as many letters, emails, faxes, etc. to Justice Minister Irwin Cotler urging him to re-introduce Bill C-22 as soon as possible. Any media attention you can get would also be good. If we are to get meaningful amendments to the Criminal Code introduced in this Parliamentary session, we MUST act now and with a loud voice. We have waited long enough for the Justice Minister to take action. He has indicated several times that this issue is a priority, but he has not acted like it is a priority.
>If you need any more information, please don't hesitate to contact us.
>Canadian Federation of Humane Societies
>Suite 102, 30 Concourse Gate
>Nepean, Ontario K2E 7V7
>Toll free in Canada: 1-888-678-CFHS