18 May 2011

ALDF reveals the best places to be an animal abuser in Canada

If you happen to be a Canadian animal abuser then you might want to pay close attention to the following information.

According to the latest version of the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s (ALDF) “Canadian Animal Protection Laws Rankings” the best provinces for scum, sorry, animal abusers to live would be in Quebec, Nunavut, the Northwest Territories, and Alberta. Why you might ask? The animal protection laws in those provinces are sub-standard.

Complete lack or weakness in legislation including punishments such as minimal fines, a limited range of protections, and a lack of basic care standards for animals landed the fearsome foursome at the bottom for animals but the top for abusers.

“While we remain hopeful for additional improvements with the federal laws, much can continue to take place at the provincial and territorial level,” said Stephan Otto, ALDF’s director of legislative affairs and author of the report. “Animals do not vote, but those who love and care about them do. It is our hope that these ongoing reviews continue to garner support for both the strengthening and enforcement of animal protection laws throughout Canada.”

As you can see below, Ontario, Manitoba, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia scored the best for animal protection laws. In other words abusers beware.

2011 Canadian Animal Protection Laws Rankings
Comparing Overall Strength & Comprehensiveness

Top Tier:
1. Ontario
2. Manitoba
3. New Brunswick
4. Nova Scotia

Middle Tier:
5. Saskatchewan
6. Yukon
7. British Columbia
8. Prince Edward Island
9. Newfoundland & Labrador

Bottom Tier:
10. Alberta
11. Northwest Territories
12. Quebec
13. Nunavut

The “2011 Canadian Animal Protection Laws Rankings” is the fourth edition of the annual report released by ALDF. Since its inaugural year in 2008, ALDF claims the following legislative improvements have taken place:

• Seven jurisdictions have increased the maximum penalties for offenses (BC, NB, NT, NS, ON, SK, YT)
• Five have improved the standards of care for animals (BC, NB, NT, NS, ON)
• Three provinces have enacted provisions requiring veterinarians to report suspected cruelty (MB, NS, ON)
• Three jurisdictions have broadened the range of protections (NT, ON, SK)
• One now authorizes courts to require mental health counseling by offenders (ON)
• Five jurisdictions have enacted stronger inspection/seizure/oversight authority (BC, NB, NT, ON, YT)
• Three have increased restrictions on ownership of animals following a conviction (MB, NT, ON)

Hopefully soon no province,or country for that matter, is safe for animal abusers.

Eric Fortney | @elfortney | email
Eric is the co-founder and executive editor of the animal rights and eco-friendly news source, This Dish Is Veg. In addition to his work at TDIV, Eric is a father of three, runner, and lover of the outdoors.

Photo credit: ALDF