Parliament is considering amendments to four laws that have a direct impact on animal welfare. Amendments go through a lengthy process before being enacted into law. Scroll down to review these amendments and where they are in the legislative process.
This bill creates offences for people who engage directly or indirectly in the cruel and illegal practice of animal fighting. It also formally creates a definition and offence in the Criminal Code for bestiality – a serious issue the OHS has been pressing the government to take action on for years. Bill C-84 has gone through its first and second reading, committee review and is now before the House of Commons for its third and final reading.
This bill amends the Federal Food and Drugs Act "to prohibit cosmetic animal testing and the sale of cosmetics developed or manufactured using cosmetic animal testing. It also provides that no evidence derived from animal testing may be used to establish the safety of a cosmetic." It has passed through the Senate and will be sent to the House of Commons for its first reading.
This bill amends the Fisheries Act to prohibit the practice of shark finning. It also amends a section of the law to prohibit the importation and exportation of shark fins, or parts of shark fins that are not attached to a shark. Bill S-238 made it through the Senate and is waiting for its second reading in the House of Commons.
Bill S-203 aims to end the captivity of whales and dolphins in Canada. It also aims to regulate the importation or exportation of whales and dolphins and create offences for keeping them in captivity. This amendment made it through the Senate, has passed committee in the House of Commons and is ready for its third and final reading in the House of Commons before being enacted into law.