For Immediate Release – February 29, 2016
Liberal M.P. Nathaniel Erskine-Smith introduced a private member’s bill last Friday.
The Modernizing Animal Protections Act (Bill C-246) will bring Canada’s animal-welfare laws into the 21st Century.
Video here: Introducing the bill in the House of Commons
Specifically, the bill seeks to:
- end the practice of shark finning;
- close loopholes and strengthen the Criminal Code’s animal protection provisions; and
- ban the sale of cat and dog fur within Canada and require labelling of source fur.
You are invited to a media availability.
When: Wednesday March 2 at 10:30 a.m.
Where: Toronto Humane Society, 11 River Street
Erskine-Smith will give a short speech, followed by an open Q & A format. Media are encouraged to attend and participate.
Speakers in support of the bill will include:
- Joe Peschisolido, Liberal M.P. from Steveston-Richmond East in British Columbia
- Mark Holland, Liberal M.P. from Ajax
- Toronto City Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam
- Jacques Messier, CEO, Toronto Humane Society; and
- Barbara Cartwright, CEO, Canadian Federation of Humane Societies.
– With a new government, and with the support of those who have supported similar measures in the past, we expect this Private Members Bill to enjoy cross-partisan support.
-This bill will accomplish what various petitions, resolutions, and proposed legislation at all levels of government across Canada have previously attempted to achieve: immediate action to end needless suffering and cruelty, by ending practices that are not supported by the vast majority of Canadians.
QUOTE: “This is not a partisan issue. Canadians across the political spectrum care about improving animal welfare. This bill addresses three specific and achievable goals, to modernize our animal protection laws, and bring them into the 21st century.”
QUOTE: “Our government ran on a platform of fairness, and this bill addresses the fair treatment of animals in our society.”
1-page backgrounders: Cat & Dog Fur – Shark Finning – Criminal Code Amendments
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