kittenpuppy.jpgIn Canada, all animals are protected against cruelty both federally, under the Criminal Code of Canada, and provincially as well.

Click here to read the sections on the Criminal Code of Canada that relate to animals. These sections include sections 444 and 445 under the heading "Cattle and Other Animals", and sections 445.1 to 447.1 under the heading "Cruelty to Animals".

Here are the Provincial Statues protecting animals in Canada:


Animal Protection Act

British Columbia
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act

Animal Care Act

Newfoundland and Labrador
Animal Protection Act

New Brunswick
Society for the Prevention of Cruelty Act

Northwest Territories
Herd and Fencing Act and the Dog Act [PDF]

Nova Scotia
An Act to Protect Animals and Aid Animals that are in Distress

The Dog Act [PDF]


We believe Ontario’s law is ultra vires meaning that the government does not have the legal authority to pass and enforce such a law and that it also violates the Canadian Constitution and Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act

Prince Edward Island
Animal Health and Protection Act [PDF]

An Act respecting societies for the prevention of cruelty to animals (Loi sur les sociétés préventives de cruauté envers les animaux) and the Animal Health Protection Act (Loi sur la protection sanitaire des animaux)

Animal Protection Act [PDF]

Animal Protection Act [PDF]