The International Fund for Animal Welfare issued a report comparing Canada's animal cruelty laws to the following countries': Austria, Canada, Croatia, Great Britain, Germany, Malaysia, New Zealand, Norway, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, South Africa, Switzerland and the Ukraine.
It placed last. Even behind Portugal and the Ukraine. That's bad.
Here are some of the findings:
- Canada is alone in offering virtually no protection for wild and stray animals
- Canada's legislation does not include a clear definition of 'animal' while other countries are explicit
- Canada is the only country that does not provide protection for animals being trained to fight each other
- Canada is the only country that makes is virtually impossible to prosecute cases of neglect.
According to IFAW-Canada,"Canada's anti-cruelty legislation hasn't been updated since it was written in 1892-when it was enacted by Queen Victoria. While countries around the world are updating their legislation to better protect animals, Canada seems content to stay in the dark ages."
As an American who admires so many things about Canada, this is shocking and disappointing.
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