By now, many of us have read the details of Bill C-246 itself. So what exactly is a “Bill Kit?”
The primary purpose of the Bill Kit is to inform other parliamentarians about the Bill in greater detail, and address some anticipated objections. This Bill Kit provides a detailed explanation of its actual effects, and includes data showing that across the country, Canadians support the three measures in the Bill – banning the importation of shark fins, strengthening and modernizing the Criminal Code’s existing animal cruelty offences, and banning the sale of dog and cat fur in Canada. There are several different versions of the kit; one for members of the Liberal caucus, one for opposition MPs, and one for the public, which is presented here.
MP Erskine-Smith (@beynate) and his parliamentary assistants break the document into several sections:
- What the Bill Does Versus What the Bill Doesn’t Do
- Political Support: Polls, Petitions, and Endorsements
- History of the Criminal Code Amendments
Canadians have been signing animal welfare petitions for decades now, demanding that the values of fairness and justice that we’re known for are applied to the protection of animals and to the punishment of animal abusers. Laws are essential to both codify and enforce positive changes for animals. Our society is opposed to animal cruelty – our laws need to be brought up to date to be made consistent with our shared values and this Bill will certainly accomplish that goal. Please ask your MP to support this Bill!