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Activist calls for animal charter of rights as protection from cruelty

A dog named Justice was found bound in tape and abandoned for dead. His human tormentor has been sentenced to a federal penitentiary, but animal rights activists point to this disturbing case as an example of why animal protection in this country need to be strengthened.
Michael Hill, the man accused of binding a dog’s snout, neck and legs with electrical tape (seen here) and leaving it behind a shopping centre, pleaded guilty to an animal-cruelty charge and was sentenced to two years in jail. (Windsor-Essex County Humane Society/Facebook)
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A dog named Justice was found bound in tape and abandoned for dead. His human tormentor has been sentenced to a federal penitentiary, but animal rights activists point to this disturbing case as an example of why animal protection in this country need to be strengthened. 

Guests in this segment:

  • Camille Labchuk, lawyer and the executive director of Animal Justice, a not-for-profit which advocates for the humane treatment of animals.
  • Doug Sawyer, owner of Ghost Pine Ranches in Pine Lake, Alta.


This segment was produced by The Current's Catherine Kalbfleisch, John Chipman and Julian Uzielli.