According to the CBC, a new Canadian bill that was issued in late 2015 states that “animals are now to be considered as “sentient beings” opposed to being labeled as property.”
“Animals are not things. They are sentient beings and have biological needs.”
It’s important to mention that this legislation applies to all domesticated/farm animals and even certain wild animals. Investigators now have more power to demand to see if an animal is being mistreated, or if there is “reasonable cause” for them to seize the animal.
Even goldfish don’t escape the proposed rules.
“If you have a goldfish you have to take care of it,” he said. “Don’t get a goldfish if you don’t want to take care of it.”
The bill gives inspectors the power to demand to see an animal if they have “reasonable cause” to suspect the pet is being mistreated. They can also obtain a warrant from a judge to enter a home and seize animals. First-time offenders face fines as low as $250 and as high as $250,000.
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