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National laws impacting animals to watch in 2019

March 31, 2019

You can make a difference for animals! Right now, the federal government is considering four laws that have an impact on animal welfare. Bills go through quite a process, with three readings and a committee review in both the House of Commons and the Senate before they are approved. Scroll down to review the laws, where they are at and how you can get involved.

Bill C-84

The bill proposes to amend the Criminal Code to strengthen the laws around bestiality and animal fighting. It has gone through first, second and committee review and is now before the House of Commons for third reading, then will head to the Senate. You can email your MP to ask them to support the bill.

Bill S-214

This bill amends the 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 now needs to get to the first reading stage in the House of Commons. Sign up for action alerts and we’ll update you when it is a good time to reach out to your MP!

Bill S-238

This bill amends the Fisheries Act to prohibit the practice of shark finning, where fins are removed from live sharks. This bill made it through the Senate and is waiting for the second reading of the House of Commons. Sign up for action alerts and we’ll update you when it is a good time to reach out to your MP!

Bill S-203

This bill amends the Criminal Code to create offences respecting cetaceans in captivity. It also amends the Fisheries Act to prohibit the taking of a cetacean into captivity and the Wild Animal and Plant Protection and Regulation of International and Interprovincial Trade Act to require a permit for the import of a cetacean into Canada and the export of a cetacean from Canada. It made it through Senate and just passed committee in the House of Commons. The final stage for this bill is third reading! Sign up for action alerts below and we will notify you when it is time to speak up for the final step of this important bill.