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[News]: Canadian law seeks to protect all but invertebrates


Staff member
May 30, 2000
The Globe and Mail is carrying a story about the refining of a Canadian law that seeks to protect animals from abuse. The language for this bill is in dispute.

The current language defines an animal as "a vertebrate, other than a human being, and any other animal that has the capacity to feel pain." As this article notes, using this language excludes cephalopods, but that's not the part of the definition that seems to concern the Senate committee. Here's the full article:

Definition of 'animal' may hold up cruelty law

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