Anne:Act 12018 – A New Law to Protect Animals in Canada
On June 21, 2018, the Canadian Parliament passed Anne:Act 12018, a landmark legislation that aims to improve the welfare and protection of animals in Canada. The act was named after Anne, a former circus elephant who suffered years of abuse and neglect before being rescued by an animal sanctuary in 2011.
Anne:Act 12018 updates and consolidates several existing animal laws, such as the Criminal Code, the Fisheries Act, the Wild Animal and Plant Protection and Regulation of International and Interprovincial Trade Act, and the Health of Animals Act. It also introduces new provisions to address some of the most pressing issues facing animals today, such as animal fighting, bestiality, cosmetic testing, shark finning, and whale captivity.
Some of the key features of Anne:Act 12018 are:
- It recognizes animals as sentient beings who can feel pain and suffering, and not as mere property.
- It increases the penalties for animal cruelty offences, including fines up to $10,000 and imprisonment up to five years.
- It bans the import, export, and sale of shark fins in Canada, as well as the possession of shark fins for personal use.
- It prohibits the breeding and keeping of whales, dolphins, and porpoises in captivity, except for rescue, rehabilitation, or scientific purposes.
- It prohibits cosmetic testing on animals in Canada, as well as the sale of cosmetics that have been tested on animals elsewhere.
- It creates a national animal welfare advisory committee to advise the government on animal issues and monitor the implementation of the act.
Anne:Act 12018 has been widely praised by animal advocates, veterinarians, scientists, and celebrities as a historic step forward for animal rights in Canada. However, some critics have argued that the act does not go far enough to address the systemic problems of animal exploitation and abuse in various industries, such as agriculture, fur farming, hunting, and trapping. They have also pointed out some loopholes and exemptions in the act that could undermine its effectiveness and enforcement.
Despite its limitations, Anne:Act 12018 is undoubtedly a significant achievement for animal welfare in Canada. It reflects the growing public awareness and concern for the plight of animals in our society. It also honors the memory of Anne, who inspired millions of people with her story of resilience and recovery. Anne:Act 12018 is a testament to the power of compassion and justice for all living beings.
How can you support Anne:Act 12018 and animal welfare in Canada? Here are some ways you can get involved:
- Learn more about the act and its implications for animals. You can visit the official website of Anne:Act 12018 at https://www.anneact.ca/ or follow them on social media.
- Sign petitions and write letters to your local representatives to urge them to support and enforce the act. You can also join campaigns and rallies organized by animal rights groups and activists.
- Donate to or volunteer with animal sanctuaries, shelters, and rescue organizations that provide care and protection for animals in need. You can also adopt or foster an animal from these places.
- Reduce or eliminate your consumption of animal products, such as meat, dairy, eggs, leather, fur, and wool. You can also choose cruelty-free and vegan alternatives for your food, clothing, cosmetics, and household items.
- Educate yourself and others about the issues and challenges facing animals in Canada and around the world. You can also share your views and opinions on social media, blogs, podcasts, or other platforms.
Anne:Act 12018 is a milestone for animal welfare in Canada, but it is not the end of the journey. It is up to us to ensure that the act is implemented and enforced effectively, and that we continue to advocate for the rights and interests of animals in our society. Together, we can make a difference for animals like Anne, who deserve our respect and compassion.