2019-03-19 02:48:19 UTC
The campaign is in support of Bill C-84, proposed last October, which would amend the Criminal Code of Canada to expand the definition of animal fighting and baiting to include “promoting, arranging, receiving money for or taking part in the fighting or baiting of animals or birds.”
It would also criminalize training or transporting animals for those purposes and expand the offence of “building a cockpit” to include any arena for animal fighting.
The bill also seeks to define bestiality as “any contact, for a sexual purpose, with an animal.”
According to the BC SPCA, the change “closes a legal loophole discovered in a case that went to the Supreme Court in 2016.”
In that case, Canada’s top court upheld the acquittal of a man who had been convicted in a lower court of facilitating sex acts between his stepdaughters and the family dog because the acts did not involve penetration.
In its ruling, the court said a broader reading of the crime would require a change in legislation.
The bill has passed committee stage in Parliament but would have to go through a third reading and be approved before June 2019 when the House of Commons rises for the last time ahead of the coming election.
The B.C. SPCA is calling on the public to email their MPs and push elected representatives to back the bill.
—With files from Amanda Connolly
I support this totally animal fighting for entertainment is a blight on society. Bestiality is just disgusting. In the Bible it says bestiality is to be punished by death for the human and the animal. I feel sorry for the animal. The Bible mentions bestiality in four different passages. Exodus 22:19 says, “Anyone who has sexual relations with an animal must be put to death.” Leviticus 18:23 declares, “Do not have sexual relations with an animal and defile yourself with it. A woman must not present herself to an animal to have sexual relations with it; that is a perversion.” Leviticus 20:15-16 commands, “If a man has sexual relations with an animal, he must be put to death, and you must kill the animal. If a woman approaches an animal to have sexual relations with it, kill both the woman and the animal. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.” Deuteronomy 27:21 agrees, “Cursed is the man who has sexual relations with any animal.” From these verses, it is abundantly clear that, according to the Bible, bestiality is a horrible, unnatural, and abominable sin. https://www.gotquestions.org/bestiality.html