Every country seems to have strange laws on the books. These laws may have made sense at the time, but today, they seem very odd. For example, in Australia, there is a law that says every taxicab must carry a bale of hay in the trunk. This is strange now and likely isn't abided by, but decades ago, it was passed because of horse-drawn taxis.
Which One of These Is the Oddest?
Below, you’ll find eight of the oddest laws in Canada. Some are specific to a certain area of the country.
- You can’t pretend to practice sorcery, witchcraft, conjuration or enchantment. This might be something to remember around Halloween. If you’re actually practicing incantations, then you are not breaking the law.
- You can't deface a penny, and this includes putting them on a railroad track to flatten them. Bills can't be defaced either, according to current Canadian laws.
- Showering regularly is a good idea if you don’t want to break the law. If you are smelly and stinky, you’re not allowed to be in public.
- You can’t draw a comic strip that shows a criminal act. This includes drawing superheros fighting villains committing criminal acts.
- An entire section of the Canadian Criminal Code is dedicated to the humane treatment of oysters. Before indulging on some oysters on the half-shell, you’re going to have to make sure they are happy oysters.
- It’s legal in Canada for a vendor to refuse to accept payment in nickels for a purchase over $5. This is according to the country's Currency Act.
- Also prohibited is signing a false name on a telegram.
- No "immoral theatrical productions" are allowed.
All Crimes Are Not Well-Known
As you can see, some of these laws are very odd, but are still allowed to take up space on the law books. There are cases where someone may commit a crime without realizing that doing so is illegal. This is one reason why an experienced attorney can be so helpful. By developing a strong defense strategy, defendants can present his or her case to the judge or jury in a way that is clear, concise and effective.
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