Protection of Animals – October 6, 2016

Protection of Animals

October 6, 2016

On October 5, Parliament voted 198 to 84 against Bill C-246, the ‘Modernizing Animal Protections Act’. This was a private member’s bill put forward by MP Erskine-Smith.

While I understand that there was support to update legislation in this regard, there was a great deal of concern regarding the impact this bill would have on residents in the riding. As it was written, the wording of Bill C-246 was such that a judge could potentially criminalize some commonly accepted activities such as fishing, hunting, trapping, and medical research.

While I was unable to support this bill, I am pleased to inform residents of MP Earl Dreeshen’s private members’ motion, M-76 (www.parl.gc.ca/Parliamentarians/en/members/Earl-Dreeshen(59226)/Motions?sessionId=152&documentId=8463416). This motion was introduced on October 3, and would instruct the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights to undertake a study to prepare a bill on many of the concerns of Bill C-246, while ensuring that law-abiding hunters and farmers are not adversely impacted. Specifically, this proposed bill would clarify the Criminal Code definition of bestiality, prohibit the importation of shark fins, and require labelling of any cat or dog fur products.

I support M-76 as I believe this would address the concerns of those concerned with the protection of animals, while safeguarding our hunters, farmers, anglers, and medical researchers.

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