It’s official, this morning, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asked Governor General Julie Payette to dissolve Parliament. So, here we go into 5.5 weeks of our election campaign #43.
Come October 21, we may see new Members of Parliament at the table. The one question we have is “If your party is elected, what will you do to create a humane Canada for all animals?”
We’ve just finished the most animal-friendly Parliament ever. We passed significant animal protection bills, but there is still a lot to be done. On October 21, we need a government concerned about everyone in Canada, from the most vulnerable to the ones without voices that depend on us.
Barbara Cartwright shares Humane Canada's Election Platform with members
Just like everything; we can do this together.
Here’s a quick re-cap of the successes we’ve celebrated with you this year:
- Bill C-84 – a Canadian First. Together we successfully modernized the definition of bestiality to include all acts of sexual assault against animals. What really makes this ground-breaking is that anyone convicted of animal sex abuse will now be registered on Canada’s National Sex Offender Registry and to report annually to police. This recognizes how violence to animals is linked to violence against humans. Together we made this happen. Read more.
- Bill S-203 – Canada’s “Free Willy” Law. This law bans the captivity of whales and dolphins. There is abundant scientific evidence that the confinement of whales and dolphins causes physical and mental pain and suffering and therefore fails to meet their health, behaviour and environmental needs. We made this happen. Read more.
- Bill C-68 - The end of Shark Finning passed into law - This ends the devastating and the terrible act of removing the shark's fin and simply discarding the sharks to die in suffering and pain. The only purpose of Shark Finning is to provide a very expensive and unnecessary bowl of soup. Read more.
We achieved all this with your voices, help and support. We have momentum, we’ve seen results, and we need to continue to advance animal welfare issues.
Each one of these bills is an important win for animal welfare. Together, they indicate integrated thinking in Canadian policy on animals, people and the environment. However, the situation still falls short of a comprehensive legal framework. There is a need to review all laws that govern animal protection and have a strategic approach to modernization.
Here’s what to do
Tell candidates in your community what’s important to you. Tell them that no matter what party they belong to, animal welfare must have a place within their priorities for the next four years.
We want a humane Canada with federal legislation that protects animals from cruelty and provides a framework to ensure animals are treated humanely and with respect. In many areas, our laws are significantly out of date. We lag behind the international animal welfare community. When Canadians are polled on these issues, we see overwhelming support for taking action to treat animals more humanely.
Next few weeks are critical – we need your help
The next few weeks is our opportunity to ensure animal welfare is on the political agenda and that coming out of the election we can press for a home for animal welfare within the federal government.
To help you do this, we’ve developed an Election Platform that outlines our policy framework and initiatives that we want to advance in the coming years. Download your copy today. Use it to question your candidates when they knock on your door, when you meet them in a public meeting or even a private one. With your help, from coast-to-coast-coast we will work together and ensure the candidates understand our goals, drive our messages home and ensure we have a Government that cares about Animal Welfare as much as I know you do. Together we can make a difference. I vote for animal welfare.
Learn more about Humane Canada’s priorities and how you can help #BeTheMovement for Humane Canada and deliver real change for animals by visiting humanecanada.ca.
Barbara Cartwright, CEO & President
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