|Originally posted by AngelzOO
Is that a normal occurrence in Canada, that animal abusers just don't get jail sentences?
Is it that they WONT be given out, or that they have just never done it?
I am by no means an authority on what jail sentences have been given out in Canada in the past. Really, it's only in the last year that I have started paying attention to news reports regarding animal welfare. I found an interesting link that will answer some of your questions. It will show you what kind of legislation Canada currently has and Bill C-10 that is trying to be passed now.
Just to show you how unjust things stand right now, our legislation regarding cruelty to animals under the Criminal Code of Canada was last written in 1892! Here's a summary of Bill C-10:
*moves animals out of the property section of the Code and into a new section created just for animal cruelty offences
*allows crimes of killing, harming or neglecting any species of animal to be charged as an indictable offence or punished by summary conviction. In the current Code, only crimes against cattle are considered an indictable offence carrying a maximum prison term of 5 years. Crimes against all other animals are currently punishable on the less serious offence of summary conviction, which carries a maximum prison term of 6 months.
*allows summary conviction offences for crimes of killing or harming animals to be punished by up to 18 months. The maximum sentence in the Criminal Code for summary conviction offences is normally six months.
*provides a maximum prison term of 5 years for offences charged as indictable offences for killing or harming animals, while indictable offences for neglect have a maximum of 2 years.
*allows up to a lifetime prohibition on future animal ownership and a minimum of five year prohibition for second or subsequent offences
*allows judges to order anyone convicted of cruelty to animals to pay restitution (for instance veterinary bills and shelter costs) to the animal welfare organization that cared for the animal(s)
makes it an offence to brutally or viciously kill an animal
You can read more at the following link:Animals and the Canadian Criminal Code