OTTAWA – National animal law non-profit Animal Justice is applauding Canada’s federal Parliament for passing two groundbreaking animal protection bills late last night. On Tuesday evening, the Senate passed Bill C-68, which outlaws the trade in shark fin products, and Bill C-84, which outlaws all forms of sexual abuse of animals, and tightens up laws… Read more » Animal Justice
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OTTAWA—MPs from across federal parties will hold a press conference to address the Senate deadlock on three animal protection bills—all of which are being blocked from reaching third reading before the Senate rises for the summer.
The parliamentarians will be joined by non-profit organizations advocating for animal protection.
Date: Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Time: 10:45 am
Where: Charles Lynch Press Theatre, Room 130-S, Centre Block
Elizabeth May, MP, Saanich Gulf Islands and leader of the Green Party
Michelle Rempel, Conservative MP, Calgary Nose Hill
Nathaniel Erskine-Smith, Liberal MP, Beaches—East York
Fin Donnelly, NDP MP and Fisheries Critic, Port Moody—Coquitlam
Camille Labchuk, lawyer and executive director, Animal Justice
Julie MacInnes, campaign manager, Humane Society International / Canada
Bill S-203, the Ending the Captivity of Whales and Dolphins Act, is sponsored by Independent Senator Murray Sinclair. It was introduced in December 2015, then stalled repeatedly before passing second reading in November 2016. After extensive study in 17 meetings before the Senate Fisheries Committee, a committee report was presented to the Senate in October 2017, and adopted in April 2018.
Bill S-214, the Cruelty-free Cosmetics Act, was introduced by Conservative Senator Carolyn Stewart Olsen in December 2015. A committee report was presented to the Senate in October 2017, and adopted in February 2018.
Bill S-238, the Ban on Shark Fin Importation Act, was introduced by Conservative Senator Michael MacDonald in April 2017. After study by the Fisheries Committee, the Senate adopted the committee’s report in February 2018.
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Committee hearings got underway this week on Bill S-203, a Senate bill that would ban keeping whales and dolphins in captivity in Canada. This groundbreaking bill would protect sensitive and complex whales and dolphins from a being imprisoned in tiny tanks, where they are denied almost everything that makes life worth living.
The first witness questioned by the Fisheries and Oceans Committee was former Senator Wilfred Moore, who championed the bill from the very beginning and spoke eloquently about the need to protect whales and dolphins. But it was Senator Daniel Christmas who stole the show with his insightful and poignant comments on the human relationship with nonhuman animals. Senator Christmas explained how his aboriginal upbringing taught him to respect animals, viewing them not as objects to be used for human purposes, but as equals—living beings with their own families and languages.
“Something tells me in my mind that [seeing animals as objects] is the wrong approach; that we really have to see cetaceans as our equals, as living beings. And if I had an opportunity to ask a beluga, I think I would ask them, ‘What is best for your family?’ And I would be very interested to find out what that answer would be.”
The answer, of course, is increasingly clear. Scientific evidence tells us that cetaceans live much richer, more fulfilling lives in the ocean, where they enjoy complex social and family relationships, cooperative food gathering strategies, and the freedom to swim vast distances, dive deeply, and find their own food. Forcing these complex mammals to live in tiny tanks is undeniably cruel, and many other countries and states have already enhanced legal protections for whales and dolphins. Meanwhile, only two facilities in the country still confine whales and dolphins—the Vancouver Aquarium in British Columbia, and Marineland in Ontario. Cetacean captivity is a dying industry.
Canadians increasingly think about animals like Senator Christmas does: Not as mere objects, but as living beings who deserve our respect and strong legal protections. Passing Bill S-203 would be a huge step toward helping these vulnerable creatures, so please take action today: Encourage Parliamentarians to save these sensitive creatures from captive misery!
You can find the upcoming hearing schedule online, as well as full webcast recordings of past committee meetings. Future meetings will be broadcast live, so it’s easy to track the progress of this important legislation.
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