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"We cannot solve the problems that we have created with the same thinking that created them." Albert Einstein

"There will be no justice as long as man will stand with a knife or with a gun and destroy those who are weaker than he is." Isaac Bashevis Singer

“If we do not maintain justice, justice will not maintain us.” Francis Bacon

"For when an injustice is absolute, one must oppose it absolutely." Tom Regan

"Slaughter and justice cannot dwell together." Isaac Bashevis Singer

"If everyone howled at every injustice, every act of barbarism, every act of unkindness, then we would be taking the first step towards a real humanity."
Nelson DeMille, American author

"Our obligations to animals are not a matter of charity or mercy; they are a matter of fundamental justice." Gary L. Francione  

The day may come, when the rest of animal creation may acquire those rights which never could have been withholden from them but by the hand of human tyranny.
Jeremy Bentham, The Principles of Morals and Legislation

Brooks Animal Law Digest - US & Canada offers in-depth and up-to-date coverage on today's most important animal law and policy to interested parties in the field

Animals on Farms in Canada - Animal Justice Many standard and “generally accepted” farm practices are exempt from provincial animal welfare laws, meaning that practices that would be illegal if done to a dog or cat are completely legal when done to a pig, cow, chicken, or other farmed animal.


Animal Law - a growing field; not all creatures equal; reforming the legal system; Quebec to amend Civil Code; animals are 'victims', says Oregon Supreme Court; global animal law; 2019 Harvard launches Animal Law & Policy Clinic 

Animal Legislation - Canada's Cruelty Bills, Quanto's Law, Bill C-232, farm animal legislation; demand action of Canada's politicians; Tory MP Sopuck a lost cause; an epidemic of cruelty; 2016 Bill C-246

Weak update to cruelty bill wins Canadian MPs approval, Alberta bill postponed; Criminal Code updates stymied; Ontario dog abuser ordered to submit DNA sample; 2018 gov't inaction on animal cruelty laws

Canada Revenue Agency and Ottawa muzzle animal activists; Humane Society Canada & CRA engaged in lengthy legal battle 

Animal welfare issues an election topic in Canada; reforms needed,; ALDF ratings; Canada gets 'D' rating by WAP; Green Party Canada Animal Protection Platform

Governments and SPCA failing all animals; Fraser Valley Auction violations; rampant abuses; taking action; letters

Animals Matter to Me - UDAW: A Global Campaign; Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness; World Animal Protection Index; 2020 Canada gets failing grade again

Campaigns to stop animal cruelty; proposed Conn. Bill HB 6310 for animal victims; worldwide action

Support endangered species legislation in BC - CITES 2010; BC fails 2013; Canada's lack of action outrageous, 2014 & on

Animal suffering, cruelty and hoarding; Adams County, repeat offences; pet industry cruelty, Ohio,; When is a rescuer a hoarder?; BC cases; Houston, TX, massive rescue from backyard breeder


Cockfighting cruelty - laws fail to protect; Criminal Code of Canada; US law; 2019 BC SPCA & RCMP search Surrey farm

Cockfighting ring busted & roosters euthanized; animal fighting a felony in US states; the cockfighting lobby; updates

SPCA: Stopping animal abuse or abusing power? Pennsylvania, OSPCA Truth; farmers; 2019 OSPCA no longer enforcing animal cruelty laws

Hallmark Meat Company convicted of horrendous felony animal cruelty; Petaluma slaughterhouse owner going to prison

22 criminal charges filed against Hormel supplier; Tyson & Walmart supplier cruelty; Seaboard

'Landmark victories' for animals; momentum grows; humane washing, USDA; banning foie gras; Chilcotin Harvest meat recall; BC Sled Dog Report

Los Angeles steps up enforcement of animal cruelty laws; the animal cruelty & human violence link; Port Hardy case; no justice by the courts, convicted animal abusers-Canada


States Urged to Create Registries of Animal Abusers, Progress! PAWS Act 2014; FBI to start tracking animal cruelty cases; protecting pets from domestic violence; 2018 E-petitions to Canada's House of Commons

Michigan State University College of Law, Canada's universities; legislation honouring animal victims, ALDF, Right to Rescue

Hayden Law & No-Kill Legislation; Calif. court rules pets more than 'inanimate property'; more legal rulings

No Kill Advocacy Center Files Lawsuit to Protect Animals; Atlanta Humane Society

Activist battles on against puppy mills, Teja's files lawsuit against gov't ; dogs 'living souls'; CA pet ruling; lawsuit filed against NYPD for not enforcing animal cruelty laws

Pets of Bel Air, Celebrity Boutique to the Stars, Closing; West Hollywood progressive

Should moral duties transcend society's laws? Dognapping cases; actions necessary & justifiable; duty to act


Victory for free speech and the animals; SLAPPs; boycotting AU wool; the law & false advertising; the meat spin doctors; charges dropped against Ontario slaughterhouse activists

SLAPPs increasingly used by the powerful; government control, arrogance, DNR deer case; 2019 new Trespass Acts seek to punish animal activists; ag-gag

Supreme Court of Canada modernizes defence of fair comment; media fails animals; journalism's function  

Ringling Brothers Will Stand Trial for Elephant Abuse; Bolivia bans use of animals in circuses, UK bill stalls; CA cities take action, bullhooks banned, Ringling to end elephant acts 2018; date's moved ahead to 2016

Legislation pertaining to the fur industry; taking action

MEPs miss chance to help animals raised and killed for their fur; ban fur from London Fashion Week 2017

U.S. retailers accused of mislabelling furs, HSUS files lawsuit 

Animal massacre sparking lawsuits; preparing for natural disasters; fires, floods, climate change, CDART, BC SPCA

Patent on Rabbits Rejected; EU bans cosmetic testing on animals


“Unjust laws exist: shall we be content to obey them, or shall we endeavor to amend them, and obey them until we have succeeded, or shall we transgress them at once?”  Henry David Thoreau

A law unenforced stands to be a law unobserved.

Creating a world where animals have rights and those rights are respected demands intervention.
People skirt the laws that protect animals, but we can change how those laws are enforced.
Animal Cruelty: Understanding the Problem
Animal Neglect: Frequently Asked Questions

Table of Reporting Animal Cruelty in the United States. In Canada, contact the relevant authorities in your community such as the SPCA, humane society, or police department. Let animal advocacy and animal justice organizations know, as well. Undercover investigations are critical in bringing public awareness as to what really goes on behind the scenes.

All inhumanity begins with a devaluing of others - different by religion, colour, tribe, or simply species- as less than human.

"To live without killing is a thought which could electrify the world, if men were only capable of staying awake long enough to let the idea soak in." Henry Miller, The Henry Miller Reader (1959)