AR-News: (CA) Animal cruelty law returns

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Thu Mar 18 23:07:24 EST 2004

this document web posted: Thursday March 18, 2004 20040318p100 
By Barry Wilson
Ottawa bureau 
For at least the fourth time in the past decade, the federal government has 
introduced legislation to update cruelty-to-animals laws. 
Last week, justice minister Irwin Cotler reintroduced criminal code 
amendments that had died in November when the last session of Parliament ended. 
The House of Commons passed the changes three times last year but they 
stalled in the Senate over concerns about the rights of farmers and aboriginal 
hunters. The changes would increase fines for animal cruelty and toughen the 
existing rules that date back to the 19th century. 
"Canadians want our laws to protect animals against actions which show 
disregard or contempt for their well being," Cotler said in a statement announcing 
that the bill is being sent back to the Senate. 

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