Parliament Passes Groundbreaking Bills Against Shark Finning, Bestiality, & Animal Fighting

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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Advisory: Animal Justice Joins MPs to Call for End to Senate Deadlock on Animal Protection Bills

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

Who:

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, Hum…

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Canadian Senator: “We Should See Cetaceans As Our Equals, As Living Beings”

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]…

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