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NCPAC webinars are delivered by field experts and recognized for Continuing Legal Education / Continuing Professional Development, where applicable. Some webinars are available in French. Viewing of live and archived webinars requires approval. Please send an email to to request access to NCPAC webinars and the NCPAC discussion forum. A representative from NCPAC will be in touch soon to complete the application process and confirm your credentials.

Companion Manual

This manual provides an introduction to animal cruelty prosecution in Canada and accompanies Webinar Modules 1 to 3.

Criminal Code Index

This index provides reference cases relevant to individual sections of the Criminal Code of Canada.

Approval/Prosecution Flow Chart

These flow charts lay out the steps to be considered and taken in the investigation, charge approval and prosecution of animal cruelty cases.

Examples of Veterinary Reports

These veterinary reports are used by different investigative/enforcement organizations and provided as examples for those who wish to develop similar documents for their organizations.

Leading Case Law Document

This document will provide you with 33 top cases to reference. They are broken down into different categories to better assist you.

Bestiality Primer

This document provides an overview on the law, other considerations, penalties and sentencing cases pertaining to bestiality.

Experts Primer

This document details when it is appropriate to seek the expertise of veterinarians, forensic veterinarians, animal pathologists and other experts in animal abuse cases.

Sentencing Primer

This document provides an overview of sentencing related to animal abuse cases, range sentence, sentencing principles, aggravating factors and types of animal abuse.

Defences Primer

This document aims to help stop defence arguments in their tracks by providing guidance on a good drafting of an information, explaining the basic elements of the offences and examining common defences.