Watch out Canadians - oppose this outrageous proposal

This is the FORUM for CANADIANS to EXPOSE the parasites and dumb bullies that use ANIMAL CRUELTY LEGISLATION so they can feel powerful and bully other people. Just as we have found in the UK and Australia where the rspca [royal society for the prevention of cruelty to animals, or more appropriately, Rip-off Scum Pretending to Champion Animals], operate, the rspca are EVIL, CRIMINAL BULLIES AND COWARDS, who think nothing of killing animals, and will do anything to be seen to be right. See the announcement in this FORUM.

This FORUM is part of the CANADIAN STRATUM, of the Global Internet Self Help Justice Network.

Watch out Canadians - oppose this outrageous proposal

Postby Sandra » Mon Oct 06, 2008 3:54 am

The article below discusses a request by SPCA in Quebec to be given powers to search and seize animals without a warrant. These sort of powers, where enacted in other nations and regions, seem to lead to abuse of power and severe problems for people, as well as death frequently to the animals "rescued". Sadly, this witchhunt type of approach seems to be becoming more and more widespread worldwide. See link for original source. ... 1a75dfd1c8

Give us enforcement powers: SPCA Monday, October 6, 2008
Launches petition. Demands right to search suspect commercial properties
The Gazette
Published: 17 hours ago
Two down, only 1,998 to go.

Though it's hard to know the exact number of clandestine breeders in Quebec, animal welfare activists believe there are about 2,000 puppy mills in the province just like the two that were raided recently, and they want the right to shut them down.

To that end, the SPCA launched a petition on Friday asking the National Assembly to give it the power to enforce the province's Animal Health Protection Act (P-42).

"People are fed up with having these puppy mills in our province," said Alanna Devine, acting head of the SPCA in Montreal, pointing to the intense public outrage at the recent cases of abuse.

"Drive down any road in these areas and you'll see 20 signs that say: 'Puppies for sale.' There is no reason inspectors from humane societies don't have the ability to enforce the legislation." The SPCA was central in the raids that took place Sept. 26 and Oct. 1 in Rawdon and Lanaudière, respectively, rescuing a total of 330 dogs, seven cats and a rabbit from appalling conditions. Several animals could not be saved, and had to be euthanized, Devine said.

But in both cases, inspectors had to act according to the federal criminal code, gathering evidence to obtain a search warrant, then finding the resources - people, transport and funding - before they could execute the warrant and seize the animals.

If they were mandated by the provincial government, on the other hand, SPCA inspectors could search any commercial premises it suspected of animal cruelty without a warrant, and seize the animals immediately, eventually recouping medical and other expenses from the owners if they are found guilty of abuse.

Only Anima Québec, a non-profit group set up by the province, can enforce anti-cruelty laws. It has about seven inspectors, Devine said. The Ontario SPCA, which has similar enforcement capabilities, has 200.

"I could point out three or four puppy mills right now with 200 dogs in each of them," said Elizabeth Pierce, a breeder and a volunteer at the SPCA who has fostered three of the Scottish terriers seized in Rawdon.

"But we can't do anything about them." Devine and Pierce believe the penalties for abusing animals have to be greater, Devine said.

The provincial legislation calls for fines of up to $15,000 for repeat offenders, but no jail time, while recent amendments to the federal legislation call for maximum sentences of five years in jail, and up to a $15,000 fine.

That's in total, Devine points out, not per animal. But even those maximum sentences are rarely seen. Anima Québec's most recent conviction, for example, called for a fine of $2,120 to be imposed on the owner of a puppy mill, who had 220 dogs living in sub-standard conditions. (Anima Québec could not be reached for comment yesterday.) "I have an inspector here whose claim to fame is that in 30 years he has put three people in jail - for a week or 10 days," said Devine, a lawyer by profession. "Something is very wrong. We're living in North America where people treat these animals as part of the family and this kind of cruelty is happening in our back yard." The federal and provincial legislation calls for those convicted of animal cruelty to be barred from owning an animal for up to two years.

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