Canadians have been waiting a long time for better animal protection laws. The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies notes that “Canada remains in the Victorian era with a federal animal cruelty law that was introduced in 1892”. Bill C-246, Modernizing Animal Protections Act has made it past the second reading in Parliament and there is still much work to be done to get this critical legislation passed into law. The significance Bill C-246 cannot be overstated and is long overdue.
As articulated by Dr. Sara Dubois,
The bill could ban shark fin importation, the importation of cat and dog fur and make changes to the Criminal Code of Canada that could help the BC SPCA and other animal welfare societies across Canada bring justice to those who abuse, neglect and abandon companion, farm and wild animals.
Bill C-246 has been introduced as a private members bill, and similar private members bills to improve Canada’s antiquated animal protection laws have been introduced and have failed. This is why your voice is so important. It is critical that your MP knows that this bill is important to his or her constituents. Email, regular mail or a request for an in person meeting to let them know why they MUST support this bill.
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Farm and companion animals across the country are depending on us to be their voice. Let’s get this right!
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