What do the election results mean for animals?

As the dust settles on the long and hard-fought Canadian federal election of 2015, it’s a good time to take a closer look at what the results mean for animal protection in Canada. After all, while animal issues often get little airtime during elections, public opinion surveys consistently show that Canadians strongly support decisive legislative action to improve life for animals, including stronger criminal anti-cruelty measures, saving endangered species, and protecting farmed animals from suffering.

Will Parliament finally live up to Canadians’ expectations and make positive change for animals? Will MPs be willing to push for stronger animal protection? Is the Liberal government prepared to take animal issues seriously? The verdict on is still out, but the election result offers reason for cautious optimism.

For starters, many animal-friendly MPs were elected last week, thanks in part to the efforts of animal advocacy groups that endorsed candida…

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