Animals matter.We know that animals experience pleasure and pain much in the same way we do.From chimpanzees to dolphins, from cows to mice, animals have rich cognitive and emotional lives. They enjoy strong family and social relationships. They find joy in life.
Yet in the eyes of the law, animals are mere property. Canadian law allows animals to be deprived of everything that makes life worth living. Unlike corporations and trusts, animals can't even have their interests represented in court.
This isn't good enough.
That's why Animal Justice has created the Animal Charter of Rights and Freedoms. This important bill would afford animals meaningful rights and freedoms, the ability to be represented in court, and the recognition that they matter.
The law is our most powerful tool to improve life for animals, hold abusers to account, and work toward a society free from animal suffering.