In April this year, we shared with you our animal protection recommendations to the government with a focus on addressing animal sentience in our laws.
I am so pleased to share with you that on November 17, 2020 a new Senate Bill was announced which will do just that. Humane Canada provided support, consultation and expert information in the creation of this important Bill.
The aptly named Jane Goodall Act builds on the law we helped pass last year phasing out whale and dolphin captivity. If passed, Bill 218 will ban the new captivity of great apes and elephants and ban their use for entertainment - like elephant rides and live shows. It also empowers the government to protect other species of captive animals like tigers.
Dr. Jane Goodall Zoomed in from the UK to introduce the new Bill alongside Senator Murray Sinclair and MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith. All three recognized animal sentience in their statements;
“We live in a time, and a world, where respecting and caring for one another, and our shared planet is the only way forward,” said Dr. Goodall. “As humans around the world accept that animals are sentient beings, there is a growing call for improved living conditions and treatment of captive animals."
"Animals think and feel, and they deserve our respect and compassion,” said Mr. Erskine-Smith.
“Named in Dr. Goodall’s honour, this bill will create laws to better protect many animals, reflecting Indigenous values of respect and stewardship." said Senator Sinclair.
Below is a link to the Senate of Canada recordings. Please watch Senator Sinclair introduce the Bill - it is one of the most important statements made in Parliament regarding animal sentience and our responsibility to protect them. His statement starts at 17:28:24.
In such a difficult and unprecedented year, I am so happy to share with you this wonderful news and to show you how your support is making a concrete difference. The Jane Goodall Act codifies mounting public support for strong legal protection for animals. Protecting animals in captivity and in the wild signals an unprecedented shift in Parliament toward integrated thinking about animals, people and the environment.