Police dogs get their day in speech from the Throne

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Police dogs get their day in Speech from the Throne

October 17, 2013 (Ottawa, ON) – The 2013 Speech from the Throne the Conservative Government signaled that they want to provide greater protection for police service dogs by bringing forward “Quanto’s law”. The private member’s bill also protects police horses.

“This is a positive step forward and acknowledges the value the dogs have in our society,” says Barbara Cartwright, CEO of the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies (CFHS).

Quanto is an Edmonton police dog who was stabbed to death in the line of duty a few weeks ago resulting in an outcry from both police and the public for greater protection these animals who risk their lives to keep us safe.

The animal cruelty section of the Criminal Code of Canada remains largely unchanged since it was enacted in 1892 when Queen Victoria was in power.

“Our relationship with animals has changed dramatically in the last 121 years and it’s time that our laws reflect this,” says Ms. Cartwright.

“Sadly, almost every day we hear stories about animals who have been the subject of cruelty. It’s important that these animals are also protected by strong, modernized laws,” says Ms. Cartwright. “The vast majority of Canadians would like to see a Criminal Code that adequately protects all animals from cruelty and neglect.”

Yesterday afternoon an Ottawa area man severely beat his mother’s dog with a shovel in front of horrified witnesses while the city prepared to hear the speech from the throne. The dog was then thrown in a dumpster. It is unknown if the dog will survive its multiple injuries.

About the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies
The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies if the national voice of humane societies and SPCAs. Since 1957 it has worked on behalf of its member societies to educate Canadians about animal welfare and advocate for the humane treatment of animals in communities, on the farm, in the lab and in the wild.

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Contact: 
Kim Elmslie, Communications and Advocacy Manager, 613-224-8072 ex. 12 kime@cfhs.ca

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