MP Earl Dreeshen Introduces Motion 76 to Address Bill C-246

October 05, 2016

OTTAWA - Earl Dreeshen, Member of Parliament for Red Deer – Mountain View has submitted a motion to address animal welfare in Canada.

Last week MP Erskine-Smith contacted MP offices with a proposal for amendments to Bill C-246 or the Modernizing Animal Protections Act to be made at the Justice Committee should the bill be passed at second reading.

“The implications of this bill, as it is written, will be significant for many Canadians, including farmers, ranchers, anglers, hunters” said Dreeshen.

As such, Mr. Dreeshen along with other concerned Parliamentarians have decided not to support the legislation at second reading.

To acknowledge the concerns of protecting animal welfare in Canada, Mr. Dreeshen has proposed a motion to address the more pressing issues when it comes to animal welfare.

Mr. Dreeshen’s motion will ask that the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights to undertake a study to prepare a more appropriate animal welfare Bill that better reflects the realities of a country like ours with deep roots in traditions and cultural practices that involve our animal-based resources.

The Motion will require the Committee to look into:

  • Steps required to prohibit the practice commonly known as shark finning;
  • Steps required to prohibit, without an appropriate permit, the importation of shark fins that are not attached to a shark carcass;
  • Steps required to compel the labelling of any felis catus and canis lupus familiaris skin, or felis catus and canis lupus familiaris hair or fur not removed from the skin; and
  • Steps required to ensure that law-abiding hunters and farmers are not adversely impacted;
  • The Supreme Court of Canada decision in R. v. D.L.W., and the steps required to clarify the Criminal Code definition of bestiality to mean any sexual activity between a person and an animal.