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HEALTH CARE RESOURCES
Horse Alliance of Canada
Horse Alliance of Canada ensures the communication of correct information related to the Canadian horse industry to horse owners and the general public.
Animal Law in Canada
This site is for educational purposes only. It is a viewpoint specifically geared towards animal law in Canada but involves international topics as well. To better understand animal law in Canada, this website includes resources, laws in place, case study, currently updated news and current topics, and various animal organizations in Canada. In providing the resources, the reader will benefit from a better understanding of the current legislation and legal issues including the Federal, Provincial, and Municipal statutes and regulations that effect animals.
Animal Justice leads the legal fight for animals in Canada. Our lawyers work to pass strong new animal protection legislation, push for the prosecution of animal abusers, and fight for animals in court.
National Centre for the Prosecution of Animal Cruelty
NCPAC provides resources to Crown prosecutors that support the successful prosecution of animal cruelty cases using the Criminal Code of Canada. The centre designs and delivers training to the prosecution community that reflects current best practices in animal cruelty prosecution in order to improve consistency and outcomes across the country.
2015 Canadian Animal Protection Laws Rankings
Read a comparison of the provincial and territorial animal protection laws from the Animal Legal Defense Fund
CANADIAN CHARITABLE HORSE RESCUES
(If your rescue is a registered charity, email us to add your name to this list)
Bear Valley Rescue -
Rescue 100 Horses Foundation -
Circle F Horse Rescue -
Crooked Lake Ranch -
SouthWinds Horse Rescue -
Horse Rescue Ontario & Sanctuary -
Refuge RR for Horses -
Whispering Hearts Horse Rescue Centre -
PEI Equine Retirement Society -
Refuge de Galahad -
A Horse Tale -
The Criminal Code of Canada applies to wilful acts of cruelty or neglect, either by an animal’s owner or by someone else. Cases covered by the Criminal Code are usually investigated by community police or the RCMP, often in consultation with the appropriate SPCA or humane society. Maximum penalties vary depending on the type of conviction under the Criminal Code.
Two parts of the Criminal Code deal with cruelty to animals. When Royal Assent was
given to Bill S-
Section 264.1 makes it an offence to threaten animals. Sections 444 to 447 address cruelty directly, and are contained in the part of the Code dealing with "Wilful and Forbidden Acts in Respect of Certain Property."
The Animal Protection Act protects animals from distress due to neglect or abuse by their owner or caretaker. Peace officers from the Alberta SPCA, the Calgary Humane Society and the Edmonton Humane Society are appointed by the Solicitor General of Alberta and the Minister of Public Security to enforce the Animal Protection Act. Penalties can include restrictions on owning animals and fines of up to $20,000.
The BC SPCA was created under the auspices of the provincial Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (PCA Act), and is the only animal welfare organization in BC that has the authority to enforce laws relating to animal cruelty, and to recommend charges for Crown Counsel for the prosecution of individuals who inflict suffering on animals.
The Manitoba government works with stakeholders to ensure the province has appropriate animal welfare laws that are clearly understood and followed. These services are delivered through the Animal Welfare Program of Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development.
The Animal Welfare Program of Manitoba Agriculture
Manitoba Animal Care Act
Manitoba Animal Care Regulations
The mission of the NB SPCA is to provide province-
New Brunswick SPCA
Animal Protection Act
Newfoundland and Labrador
The St. John’s SPCA is an adoptions-
St John's SPCA
Animal Health and Protection Act
The NWT SPCA is a non-
Northwest Territories SPCA
The Nova Scotia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty (Nova Scotia SPCA) has been protecting animals from cruelty since 1877, the Nova Scotia SPCA is a registered charity and has 11 Branches which rely primarily on volunteers and donations to fund cruelty prevention; animal rescue, rehabilitation, seeking justice, and education. The Act to Protect Animals and Aid Animals in Distress requires the Society to enforce animal cruelty laws, making the Nova Scotia SPCA unique among animal welfare organizations in the province. The Nova Scotia SPCA also the distinction of being founded as the first place in North America to pass laws for the prevention of cruelty to animals.
Nova Scotia SPCA
The Iqaluit Humane Society is a dedicated group of volunteers working every day to shelter animals in Iqaluit and from many Nunavut communities.
Iqaluit Humane Society
Through its province-
Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act
Prince Edward Island
The PEI Humane Society is the Island’s only Shelter for homeless, injured and lost companion animals. They are a not-
PEI Humane Society
Animal Health and Protection Act
The SPA has the ambition to become a reference organization, a single window, in everything concerning the issue of animals in the territory of the cities it serves. In the long term, the SPA could afford to rule on animal issues occurring in any territory.
Animal Welfare and Safety Act
The Animal Protection Act became law in 1999; under Saskatchewan law, animals are protected from “distress”. The Animal Protection Act is enforced by Animal Protection Officers who work for a humane society or SPCA. Members of a municipal police service or the Royal Canadian Mounted Police are also recognized under the Act as “animal protection officers.”
HSY was founded in 1987 as a direct result of a local Yukon outfitter allowing his horses to starve to death. The organization originally consisted of nothing more than a fenced-
Yukon Humane Society
Animal Protection Act