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Criminal Code of Canada - Cattle

Please see below for the pertinent sections in the Criminal Code of Canada that are directly related to cattle and other animals. 

Injuring or endangering cattle

444. (1) Every one commits an offence who wilfully(a) kills, maims, wounds, poisons or injures cattle; or(b) places poison in such a position that it may easily be consumed by cattle.

Punishment

(2) Every one who commits an offence under subsection (1) is guilty of

(a) an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term of not more than five years; or(b) an offence punishable on summary conviction and liable to a fine not exceeding ten thousand dollars or to imprisonment for a term of not more than eighteen months or to both.

R.S., 1985, c. C-46, s. 444; 2008, c. 12, s. 1.

Injuring or endangering other animals

445. (1) Every one commits an offence who, wilfully and without lawful excuse,(a) kills, maims, wounds, poisons or injures dogs, birds or animals that are not cattle and are kept for a lawful purpose; or(b) places poison in such a position that it may easily be consumed by dogs, birds or animals that are not cattle and are kept for a lawful purpose.

Punishment

(2) Every one who commits an offence under subsection (1) is guilty of

(a) an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term of not more than five years; or(b) an offence punishable on summary conviction and liable to a fine not exceeding ten thousand dollars or to imprisonment for a term of not more than eighteen months or to both.

R.S., 1985, c. C-46, s. 445; 2008, c. 12, s. 1.

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