VANCOUVER, Nov. 22, 2012 /CNW/ - The Vancouver Humane Society (VHS) says
the sentence given to Bob Fawcett, who killed 56 sled dogs in April
2010, is a travesty and does not reflect the level of public concern
about the treatment of animals in B.C. Fawcett was today sentenced in
B.C. provincial court to three years probation and received a $1500
fine for causing unnecessary pain and suffering to animals.
"The sentence should have included jail time," said VHS spokesman Peter
Fricker. "A jail sentence would have sent a message to the public that
animal cruelty is a serious crime that society will not tolerate." The
maximum penalty for Fawcett's offence under the Criminal Code is five
years imprisonment and a fine up to $10,000.
Fricker said it is equally disappointing that, despite the public outcry
over the massacre of the Whistler sled dogs, it is
still perfectly legal for sled dog operators to shoot unwanted dogs.
It is also still legal for sled dogs to be tethered or chained
outdoors for long periods, a practice VHS says is inhumane. While new
regulations have been applied to the sled dog industry, no new
resources have been made available to the BC SPCA to enforce them.
"The sad truth is that sled dogs will continue to be commodities open to
exploitation for profit by an industry that is not known for putting
their welfare first. It should be remembered that Mr. Fawcett was not
just some rogue operator or bad apple," said Fricker. "He served as
vice-president on the board of Mush with Pride, a leading international
sled dog industry group, until he was voted off when the Whistler
massacre became public knowledge. He was a well-known and leading
figure in the sled dog world. Surely, that says something about the
industry as a whole."
SOURCE: Vancouver Humane Society
For further information:
Contact Peter Fricker: 604 266 9744 or cell 604 603 5401