To the Editor,
The Canadian federal government enjoys a favourable international reputation that on the subject of animal welfare, it does not deserve.
Here are the facts obtained from the World Animal Protection Index, with more than 50 countries evaluated: European countries are some of the best with mostly A’s and B’s. The U.K. has earned an A. Whereas Canada is lagging behind with a D. Canada is worse than China and India in the categories of protection of animals in captivity, scientific research, protection of farm animals and recognition of animal sentience.
The federal laws look good by stating that animal abusers can receive fines and jail sentences. But the reality is that one-third of one per cent of abuse complaints ever lead to criminal charges.
Cosmetic testing on animals continues although 88 per cent of Canadians disapprove.
There are no federal regulations for animals in zoos and circuses or for farm animals during rearing. Animals can be transported for up to 52 hours with no food, water, or rest. Animals left in pounds for a minimum of three days can be used for research.
While many countries throughout the world are making progressive changes to animal welfare laws, federal laws in Canada have had no significant changes since 1892.
Canada is still in the dark ages concerning animal welfare. Please help our animals by contacting your local Member of Parliament and voicing your outrage against government-sanctioned animal abuse.
Judy GalleySorrento, B.C.