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, Hum…
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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]…