We, the undersigned, Citizens of Canada , call upon Nathaniel Erskine-Smith, Member of Parliament for Beaches—East York to Amend bill C-246.
Below are the highlighted offences listed in Section 182.1 that in which an angler could be found to be breaking the law along with the associated fines:
182.1 (1) Everyone commits an offence who, wilfully or recklessly,
(a) causes or, being the owner, permits to be caused unnecessary pain, suffering or injury to an animal;
(b) kills an animal or, being the owner, permits an animal to be killed, brutally or viciously, regardless of whether the animal dies immediately; and
(e) in any manner encourages, promotes, arranges, assists at, takes part in or receives money for the fighting or baiting of animals, including breeding, training or transporting an animal to fight another animal.
Fines for anglers found guilty of any of the above offences should result in $10,000 in fines and up to 18 months in jail.
By signing this petition we are asking Liberal MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith to amend his bill to include the following:
add an exclusion to the fisheries portions of the act to exclude legal activities from being criminalized under the Criminal Code.
These activities include but are not limited to: fishing and Minnow/Bait Trapping.