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WSPA - Humane Treatment of Animals Poll - Executive Summary

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A New Study Commissioned by WSPA Reveals Canadians Have Strong Views on Animal Welfare
A New Study Commissioned by WSPA Reveals Canadians Have Strong Views on Animal Welfare

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Published by: World Animal Protection Canada on Mar 17, 2011
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Page
 
1
 
of 
 
7
 
December
 
3,
 
2010
 
WSPA
 
 
Humane
 
Treatment
 
of 
 
Animals
 
Animal
 
Cruelty
 
The
 
majority
 
of 
 
Canadians
 
support
 
one
 
of 
 
the
 
core
 
goals
 
of 
 
the
 
animal
 
protection
 
movement,
 
which
 
is
 
to
 
minimize
 
and
 
eventually
 
eliminate
 
all
 
forms
 
of 
 
animal
 
cruelty
 
and
 
suffering
 
(88%).
 
Women
 
continue
 
to
 
show
 
more
 
support
 
for
 
animal
 
welfare,
 
as
 
they
 
are
 
more
 
likely
 
than
 
men
 
to
 
support
 
this
 
goal
 
(91%
 
vs.
 
84%).
 
Those
 
who
 
are
 
likely
 
to
 
vote
 
Conservative
 
(78%)
 
are
 
less
 
likely
 
to
 
support
 
this
 
animal
 
protection
 
movement
 
compared
 
to
 
those
 
likely
 
to
 
vote
 
Liberal
 
(89%),
 
NDP
 
(95%),
 
BQ 
 
(97%)
 
or
 
Green
 
(89%).
 
Those
 
who
 
have
 
rarely/never
 
hunted
 
or
 
fished
 
in
 
the
 
past
 
year
 
are
 
more
 
likely
 
than
 
those
 
who
 
have
 
often/sometimes
 
hunted
 
or
 
fished
 
to
 
support
 
the
 
movement
 
(91%
 
vs.
 
74%).
 
Virtually
 
all
 
Canadians
 
(95%)
 
agree
 
that
 
animal
 
pain
 
and
 
suffering
 
should
 
be
 
reduced
 
as
 
much
 
as
 
possible,
 
even
 
in
 
those
 
cases
 
in
 
which
 
the
 
animals
 
are
 
raised
 
to
 
be
 
slaughtered,
 
and
 
93%
 
would
 
support
 
laws
 
aimed
 
at
 
ensuring
 
that
 
all
 
farm
 
animals
 
are
 
at
 
least
 
able
 
to
 
lie
 
down,
 
turn
 
around,
 
stretch
 
their
 
limbs
 
and/or
 
spread
 
their
 
wings.
 
Women
 
are
 
more
 
likely
 
than
 
men
 
to
 
support
 
this
 
law
 
(95%
 
vs.
 
90%).
 
Those
 
likely
 
to
 
vote
 
BQ 
 
(99%)
 
are
 
more
 
likely
 
than
 
those
 
likely
 
to
 
vote
 
Liberal
 
(94%)
 
or
 
Conservative
 
(93%)
 
to
 
agree
 
that
 
animal
 
pain
 
and
 
suffering
 
should
 
be
 
reduced
 
as
 
much
 
as
 
possible.
 
While
 
a
 
majority
 
of 
 
Conservative
 
voters
 
would
 
support
 
laws
 
aimed
 
at
 
ensuring
 
all
 
farm
 
animals
 
are
 
given
 
enough
 
room
 
to
 
lie
 
down,
 
turn
 
around,
 
and
 
stretch
 
their
 
limbs
 
and/or
 
spread
 
their
 
wings
 
(87%),
 
they
 
are
 
least
 
likely
 
to
 
show
 
support
 
 
vs.
 
Liberals
 
(94%),
 
NDP
 
(98%),
 
BQ 
 
(96%),
 
and
 
Green
 
(95%).
 
Canadians
 
would
 
support
 
the
 
amendments
 
the
 
Canadian
 
humane
 
societies
 
and
 
other
 
animal
 
welfare
 
groups
 
are
 
working
 
to
 
improve
 
in
 
Canada’s
 
federal
 
animal
 
cruelty
 
laws.
 
The
 
majority
 
of 
 
Canadians
 
would
 
personally
 
support
 
amendments
 
that:
 
recognize
 
animals
 
are
 
sentient
 
(87%),
 
make
 
laws
 
against
 
cockfighting
 
every
 
bit
 
as
 
strong
 
as
 
those
 
against
 
dog
 
fighting
 
(87%),
 
create
 
new
 
offences
 
making
 
it
 
illegal
 
to
 
poison,
 
injure
 
or
 
kill
 
a
 
police
 
dog
 
or
 
horse
 
(85%)
 
and
 
making
 
it
 
a
 
more
 
serious
 
crime
 
to
 
brutally
 
and
 
viciously
 
kill
 
animals
 
(84%).
 
Just
 
over
 
three
quarters
 
(78%)
 
would
 
support
 
removing
 
a
 
loophole
 
that
 
allows
 
animal
 
owners
 
to
 
escape
 
prosecution
 
for
 
neglecting
 
their
 
animals
 
unless
 
it
 
can
 
be
 
proven
 
the
 
neglect
 
was
 
willful
 
intent.
 
Almost
 
three
quarters
 
(73%)
 
of 
 
Canadians
 
would
 
personally
 
support
 
the
 
recognition
 
that
 
animals
 
are
 
more
 
than
 
property
 
by
 
removing
 
animal
 
cruelty
 
crimes
 
from
 
the
 
Crimes
 
Against
 
Property
 
section
 
of 
 
Canada’s
 
Criminal
 
Code,
 
and
 
many
 
would
 
support
 
removing
 
a
 
loophole
 
that
 
allows
 
animal
 
abusers
 
to
 
escape
 
prosecution
 
by
 
arguing
 
the
 
animal
 
died
 
quickly
 
(72%).
 
 
 
Page
 
2
 
of 
 
7
 
Regionally,
 
those
 
in
 
British
 
Columbia
 
(83%)
 
and
 
Alberta
 
(82%)
 
are
 
more
 
likely
 
than
 
the
 
rest
 
of 
 
Canada
 
to
 
support
 
removing
 
a
 
loophole
 
that
 
allows
 
animal
 
abusers
 
to
 
escape
 
prosecution
 
by
 
arguing
 
the
 
animal
 
died
 
quickly.
 
Women
 
are
 
more
 
likely
 
than
 
men
 
to
 
support
 
some
 
of 
 
these
 
amendments,
 
including
 
creating
 
new
 
offences
 
making
 
it
 
a
 
more
 
serious
 
crime
 
to
 
brutally
 
and
 
viciously
 
kill
 
animals
 
(89%
 
vs.
 
79%)
 
and
 
making
 
it
 
illegal
 
to
 
poison,
 
injure
 
or
 
kill
 
a
 
police
 
dog
 
or
 
horse
 
(88%
 
vs.
 
82%),
 
and
 
removing
 
a
 
loophole
 
that
 
allows
 
animal
 
abusers
 
to
 
escape
 
prosecution
 
by
 
arguing
 
the
 
animal
 
died
 
quickly
 
(77%
 
vs.
 
68%).
 
Support
 
for
 
these
 
amendments
 
vary
 
by
 
vote
 
intent:
 
 
Make
 
laws
 
against
 
cockfighting
 
every
 
bit
 
as
 
strong
 
as
 
those
 
against
 
dog
 
fighting:
 
BQ 
 
(94%)
 
vs.
 
Conservatives
 
(86%)
 
 
Recognize
 
that
 
animals
 
are
 
sentient:
 
NDP
 
(90%),
 
BQ 
 
(91%),
 
Green
 
(91%)
 
vs.
 
Conservatives
 
(81%)
 
 
Creating
 
a
 
new
 
offence
 
making
 
it
 
a
 
more
 
serious
 
crime
 
to
 
brutally
 
and
 
viciously
 
kill
 
animals:
 
Liberals
 
(86%),
 
NDP
 
(88%),
 
BQ 
 
(88%),
 
Green
 
(87%)
 
vs.
 
Conservatives
 
(75%)
 
 
Removing
 
a
 
loophole
 
that
 
allows
 
animal
 
owners
 
to
 
escape
 
prosecution
 
for
 
neglection
 
their
 
animals
 
unless
 
it
 
can
 
be
 
proven
 
the
 
neglect
 
was
 
willful
 
in
 
intent:
 
Green
 
(84%)
 
vs.
 
Conservatives
 
(72%)
 
87%87%85%84%78%73%72%1%1%1%1%1%1%1%11%11%12%13%18%18%24%1%2%2%2%4%8%2%0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100%Make laws against cockfighting as strong as thoseagainst dog fightingRecognize that animals are sentientNew offence making it illegal to “poison, injure or kill” apolice dog or horseNew offence making it a more serious crime to “brutallyand viciously kill” animalsRemoving a loophole allowing animal owners toescape prosecution for neglecting their animals unlessit can be proven the neglect was "wilful" in intentRecognize that animals are more than “property” byremoving animal cruelty crimes from the CrimesAgainst Property section of Canada’s Criminal CodeRemoving a loophole allowing animal abusers toescape prosecution by arguing the animal died quicklySupport Indifferent Oppose Don't know/refused
Support for amendments
 
 
Page
 
3
 
of 
 
7
 
 
Recognize
 
that
 
animals
 
are
 
more
 
than
 
property
 
by
 
removing
 
animal
 
cruelty
 
crimes
 
from
 
the
 
Crimes
 
Against
 
Property
 
section
 
of 
 
Canada’s
 
Criminal
 
Code:
 
NDP
 
(81%)
 
and
 
Green
 
(78%)
 
vs.
 
Conservatives
 
(66%)
 
Those
 
who
 
have
 
rarely/never
 
hunted
 
or
 
fished
 
in
 
the
 
past
 
year
 
are
 
also
 
more
 
likely
 
than
 
those
 
who
 
have
 
often/sometimes
 
hunted
 
or
 
fished
 
in
 
the
 
past
 
year
 
to
 
support
 
some
 
of 
 
the
 
amendments,
 
including
 
making
 
laws
 
against
 
cockfighting
 
every
 
bit
 
as
 
strong
 
as
 
those
 
against
 
dog
 
fighting
 
(89%
 
vs.
 
79%),
 
creating
 
a
 
new
 
offence
 
making
 
it
 
a
 
more
 
serious
 
crime
 
to
 
brutally
 
and
 
viciously
 
kill
 
animals
 
(87%
 
vs.
 
72%),
 
recognizing
 
that
 
animals
 
are
 
more
 
than
 
property
 
by
 
removing
 
animal
 
cruelty
 
crimes
 
from
 
the
 
Crimes
 
Against
 
Property
 
section
 
of 
 
Canada’s
 
Criminal
 
Code
 
(75%
 
vs.
 
64%),
 
and
 
removing
 
a
 
loophole
 
that
 
allows
 
animal
 
abusers
 
to
 
escape
 
prosecution
 
by
 
arguing
 
the
 
animal
 
died
 
quickly
 
(75%
 
vs.
 
62%).
 
Before
 
learning
 
about
 
current
 
animal
 
cruelty
 
laws,
 
half 
 
(49%)
 
of 
 
Canadians
 
indicated
 
they
 
think
 
Canada’s
 
existing
 
animal
 
cruelty
 
laws
 
are
 
too
 
weak,
 
while
 
just
 
over
 
one
third
 
(36%)
 
think
 
the
 
animal
 
cruelty
 
laws
 
are
 
just
 
right.
 
Women
 
are
 
more
 
likely
 
to
 
think
 
the
 
laws
 
are
 
too
 
weak
 
(56%),
 
while
 
men
 
are
 
more
 
likely
 
to
 
think
 
they
 
are
 
just
 
right
 
(42%).
 
Those
 
likely
 
to
 
vote
 
NDP
 
(60%)
 
or
 
Green
 
Party
 
(65%)
 
in
 
the
 
next
 
election
 
are
 
more
 
likely
 
than
 
those
 
who
 
are
 
likely
 
to
 
vote
 
Liberal
 
(44%),
 
Conservative
 
(39%),
 
or
 
BQ 
 
(39%)
 
to
 
believe
 
our
 
current
 
animal
 
cruelty
 
laws
 
are
 
too
 
weak;
 
however,
 
those
 
likely
 
to
 
vote
 
Liberal
 
(45%),
 
Conservative
 
(47%),
 
or
 
BQ 
 
(55%)
 
are
 
more
 
likely
 
to
 
think
 
the
 
existing
 
laws
 
are
 
just
 
right.
 
Others
 
who
 
think
 
Canada’s
 
existing
 
animal
 
cruelty
 
laws
 
are
 
too
 
weak
 
include:
 
those
 
who
 
live
 
in
 
a
 
city
 
(52%),
 
those
 
who
 
placed
 
animal
 
welfare
 
as
 
one
 
of 
 
their
 
top
 
3
 
most
 
important
 
issues
 
(63%),
 
those
 
who
 
think
 
the
 
welfare
 
and
 
protection
 
of 
 
animals
 
raised
 
for
 
food
 
is
 
important
 
(51%),
 
those
 
who
 
support
 
a
 
Universal
 
Declaration
 
on
 
Animal
 
Welfare
 
(52%),
 
those
 
who
 
often
 
or
 
sometimes
 
purchase
 
free
run
 
eggs
 
(55%),
 
and
 
those
 
who
 
rarely
 
or
 
never
 
go
 
hunting/fishing
 
(52%).
 
The
 
welfare
 
and
 
protection
 
of 
 
animals
 
is
 
important
 
to
 
Canadians
 
in
 
many
 
situations:
 
 
Endangered
 
species
 
(97%);
 
 
Animals
 
kept
 
as
 
companions
 
or
 
pets
 
(94%);
 
 
Wildlife
 
(94%);
 
 
Animals
 
in
 
zoos
 
and
 
aquariums
 
(91%);
 
 
Animals
 
raised
 
for
 
food
 
(90%);
 
 
Animals
 
in
 
laboratories
 
(86%);
 
 
Animals
 
in
 
circuses
 
and
 
rodeos
 
(85%);
 
and,
 
 
Horses
 
and
 
dogs
 
used
 
in
 
racing
 
(83%).
 

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