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e-1580 (Cruelty to animals)

Initiated by Audrey Weiss from Winnipeg, Manitoba

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the House of Commons

  • Everyday organizations across the country work hard to rescue animals from suffering at the hands of their abusers;
  • There's no system in place in communicating individuals not suitable to own animals, potentially putting more animals at risk;
  • A public database would allow citizens and rescue shelters to verify they won't be placing an animal with an animal abuser;
  • People who are guilty of violent crimes often have a history of animal abuse;
  • Documented studies show there is a link between animal abuse and other violence (child abuse, murder, etc);
  • As many offenders move, an online registry of animal abusers would be useful for tracking purposes;
  • People involved in animal fighting rings, puppy mills, and hoarding animals (which could lead to abuse and neglect) would be easily tracked with an online registry;
  • Canada has Child Abuse and Sex Offender Registries, but not an animal abuse registry;
  • A database would be helpful to serve as a warning of potentially committing future crimes; and
  • Animal abuse happens. We need too address it, stop it and hold abusers accountable.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the House of Commons to legislate that anyone convicted of an animal abuse felony have their name registered on an Animal Abuse Registry (similar to what sex offenders and child abusers do).
Government response tabled on January 28, 2019 (Sessional Paper No. 8545-421-41-19)
Open for signature
March 13, 2018, at 4:07 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
July 11, 2018, at 4:07 p.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
Elizabeth May (Saanich—Gulf Islands)
November 19, 2018 (Petition No. 421-02918)
Government response tabled
January 28, 2019
Photo - Elizabeth May
Saanich—Gulf Islands
Green Party Caucus
British Columbia
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