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Giving Animals Rights: Bill C-15B Portends Litigation Nightmare

Backgrounder by Robert Sopuck

Giving Animals Rights, a Frontier Centre Backgrounder by Robert D. Sopuck, argues that new animal cruelty legislation poses a risk to legitimate animal uses. Sopuck asserts that Bill C-15, an Act to amend the Criminal Code of Canada to include such provisions as harsher penalties for animal cruelty offences, has the potential to negatively affect established animal uses in agriculture, research and recreation. Sopuck cites, for example, the proposed Act’s definition of animals, which he claims is too broad because it no longer considers animals as property under the Criminal Code. Sopuck concludes that existing animal protection legislation is adequate and that the proposed Bill should be deferred.

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Policy Publication Details

Author(s): Robert Sopuck;
Publisher: Frontier Centre for Public Policy [ Visit Website ]
Year Published: 2002; Publisher Type: Research Institute
Publicly Available: Yes Research Focus: National;
Registration Required: No Language: English
Payment Required: No Publication Format: Adobe PDF

Subjects / Categories:

Policy Articles / Crime & Justice / Legislation
Policy Articles / Crime & Justice
Policy Articles / Crime & Justice / Legislation / 2002

Keywords / Tags:

animal rights; Criminal Code; cruelty; agriculture; research; recreation; property; litigation;