National Centre for the Prosecution of Animal Cruelty

The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies (CFHS)  is an organization that deserves to be much better known across Canada.  As its name suggests, it works to support, unite and represent humane societies across the country.  Additionally, and of particular importance to The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada (DSC) , the CFHS works to create more effective legislation to protect animals.  This is daunting work because there are several powerful lobbying groups in Canada that want the status quo to be maintained.  Given that minimal changes have been enacted since the legislation was originally introduced in 1892, it is no surprise that fundamental assumptions about Crimes Against Animals in the Criminal Code of Canada are woefully out of date. The CFHS has been working for 25 years to effect real change and to a great extend its work has been greatly frustrated.

Recently, however, the announcement was made regarding the CFHS’s formation of the National Centre for the Prosecution of Animal Cruelty (NCPAC).  It designs and delivers training to the legal community that reflects current best practices in animal cruelty prosecution.  The goal is to improve consistency and outcomes across the country.  The CFHS is to be applauded for establishing this Centre.  If we could reach a national understanding of definitions surrounding the entire area of animal cruelty, that would be one collective, giant step along the path of reform.

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Sandra Pady, Founder