IN THE HOUSE ~ Member's Statement ~ Cruelty to animals

39th Parliament, 2nd Session
Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP): Mr. Speaker, tragically, animal abuse and cruelty is alive and well in this country. A quick glance at recent news headlines makes the case: A man throws five puppies down an outhouse pit; a cat is cooked to death in a microwave by a group of teens; a cat is strangled and hung for public display; 27 horses are found dead from starvation.

Canadians have been trying to strengthen Canada's 115 year old animal cruelty laws, but Canada's federal governments have shamefully refused to pass tougher animal cruelty sentences.

Of Canadians polled, 93% support tough anti-animal cruelty legislation including law enforcement officers, researchers, farmers, hunters and animal welfare organizations.

We need to crack down on animal abusers with long overdue tough legislation in the country. We will not achieve this through Bill S-203.

I stand with my NDP colleagues and we demand that the government ends the neglect and cruelty by bringing forward genuine animal protection laws immediately!