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e-1565 (Cruelty to animals)

42nd Parliament
Initiated by Charlene Myers from Kamloops, British Columbia, on March 7, 2018, at 2:35 p.m. (EDT)
keywords
Crime and criminality
Cruelty to animals
Sentencing
Government Response Tabled

Petition to the House of Commons

Whereas:
  • Violence against animals and violence against people are not distinct and separate problems. Rather, they are part of a larger pattern of violent crimes that often co-exist. Research shows a significant correlation between animal cruelty and domestic violence, the physical and sexual abuse of children, sexual assault and other violent crimes. This relationship between violence against animals and people is commonly known as the violence link;
  • Animal cruelty can play an important role in criminal offender threat assessment. The best predictor of future behavior is past behavior, and animal abuse is prominently displayed in the histories of people who are habitually violent;
  • Many convicted animal abusers in Canada have also been convicted of other crimes, including violence toward humans. Brian Whitlock of Vancouver, who was convicted on June 12, 2013, of animal cruelty for beating his dog, Captain, with a baseball bat, was sentenced to 60 days in jail, mandatory psychological counselling and three years' probation. Whitlock was subsequently convicted for killing his mother, 61 year old Barbara Whitlock; and
  • Our communities will be safer with early detection and intervention in cases of animal cruelty. Intervention should involve appropriate risk assessment tools, as well as treatment programs created specifically to target animal abuse. Such assessment tools and treatment programs already exist and should be incorporated into current intervention programs.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to require that everyone convicted of animal cruelty under the Criminal Code of Canada be required to undergo a mandatory risk assessment, and treatment developed specifically to target animal abuse.
Beaches—East York
Liberal
Ontario
Petition presented to the House of Commons on October 23, 2018 (Petition No. 421-02812)
Government response tabled on December 6, 2018 (Sessional Paper No. 8545-421-17)
Open for signature : March 7, 2018, at 2:35 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature : July 5, 2018, at 2:35 p.m. (EDT)
Province / Territory
Signatures
Alberta
689
British Columbia
1290
Manitoba
184
New Brunswick
200
Newfoundland and Labrador
38
Northwest Territories
94
Nova Scotia
125
Nunavut
6
Ontario
1802
Prince Edward Island
28
Quebec
528
Saskatchewan
112
Yukon
8
Other Countries
27
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