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e-1135 (Use of animals in research)

Initiated by Anne Birthistle from North Vancouver, British Columbia

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Minister of Justice

  • Canada is the only G8 country without federal government inspectors with the power to enforce rules governing animal treatment in testing and research labs;
  • Canada has instead the Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC) — a body which can only investigate complaints with the co-operation of the research labs, and has never removed certification from any facility, no matter how egregious its violations;
  • The CCAC is also only responsible for publicly funded organizations, leaving animals held at privately held labs, suppliers and teaching facilities completely unprotected; and
  • Until the harmful use of animals in research and testing is eliminated, it is our responsibility to protect these animals from egregious cruelty.
We, the undersigned, residents of Canada, call upon the Minister of Justice to protect these animals, to bring Canada in line with other industrialized nations and to require licensing and regulation of all Canadian scientific laboratories, suppliers and teaching centres where animals are held and used.
Government response tabled on May 3, 2018 (Sessional Paper No. 8545-421-42-04)
Open for signature
September 21, 2017, at 4:28 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
January 19, 2018, at 4:28 p.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
Elizabeth May (Saanich—Gulf Islands)
March 20, 2018 (Petition No. 421-02168)
Government response tabled
May 3, 2018
Photo - Elizabeth May
Saanich—Gulf Islands
Green Party Caucus
British Columbia