Petition for: Animal Cruelty Prevention Act

This is for anybody interested in helping to get a Animal Cruelty Prevention Act [in the Territories] put in place- as currently we have no laws protecting our pets.
We the undersigned would like to have an Animal Cruelty Prevention Act put in place in the Territories, as we currently have no laws protecting our animals. The Act would be aimed to provide effective means for the prevention of animal cruelty in the Territories.

Cruelty to animals is the infliction of suffering or harm upon animals, other than humans, for purposes other than self-defence. More narrowly, it can be harm for specific gain, such as killing animals for food or fur use. Diverging viewpoints are held by jurisdictions throughout the world. Animal cruelty is often broken down into two main categories: active and passive, also referred to as commission and omission.

(A) Passive cruelty is typified by cases of neglect, in which the cruelty is a lack of action rather than the action itself. Examples of neglect are starvation, dehydration, parasite infestations, allowing a collar to grow into an animal%u2019s skin, inadequate shelter in extreme weather conditions, and failure to seek veterinary care when necessary.

  1. In many cases of neglect in which an investigator believes that the cruelty occurred out of   ignorance, the investigator may attempt to educate the pet owner, then revisit the situation. In more severe cases, exigent circumstances may require that the animal be removed for veterinary care.
(B) Active cruelty implies malicious intent, as when a person has deliberately and intentionally caused harm to an animal, and is sometimes referred to as NAI (Non-Accidental Injury). Acts of intentional animal cruelty may be indicators of serious psychological problems.

Unfortunately Animal Cruelty seems to be a growing problem in the Territories, from  Behchoko puppies with slit throats left to die to staving sled dogs in Tuktoyaktuk (December 23rd, 2008.) We simply ask that the Government [and people] of the Territories take steps in preventing or stopping these cruelties from happening.

Thank you for your time,
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