The World Protection Agency conducted an assessment of 50 nations’ animal welfare legislation, the Animal Protection Index. Canada’s profile may be found here. According to the Agency’s summary, Canada rated below India, the Philippines, Brazil, Australia and most of Europe … Canada ranked lower than many countries in protecting farm animals due to our laws pertaining to animal transport that allow farm animals to be kept in transit, for up to 52 hours for cows and 36 hours for pigs, without water, food or rest. Canada lags behind again in our overarching legal protection for animals. Our anti-cruelty legislation dates back to 1892 and has received no significant revisions since that time. Protection for wild animals is inconsistent across the country and is mainly focused on the preservation of species rather than the wellbeing of any particular animal.
We clearly still have such a long way to go.