What’s wrong with our animal cruelty law?
The current animal cruelty section of the Criminal Code was written in the horse and buggy days of 1892 and contains several loopholes that prevent the prosecution of many serious animal abusers. The words “willful neglect” makes it very difficult to prosecute cases of neglect. The wording requires proof that a person intended to neglect or cause harm to their animals. In cases that do go to court, most judges find defendants not guilty as they don’t believe there is sufficient proof the owner intended to harm their animals — even when dozens of animals have been starved to death.