Animal Alliance of Canada Press Release
23 Liberal Senators Vote To
Kill Animal Cruelty Legislation
23 Liberal cowards hide behind the age old political
excuse – “needs more discussion”, in a shameful
attempt to kill Bill C-10(b) by talking it to death!
Friday, November 7, 2003: Yesterday 23 Liberal Senators voted against their own government’s bill – Bill C-10(b). As a result, perpetrators like those who stabbed and tortured a “stray” cat called Kensington for 20 minutes, then skinned her alive on video cannot be charged for animal cruelty under current animal cruelty laws!
Because she was not an “owned” animal, the law which has not been amended for 110 years, provides no protection for animals like Kensington.
Apparently 23 Liberal Senators think the existing animal cruelty legislation which was passed in the late 1800s and which does not recognize animal sentience, is OK for the 21st Century.
Apparently 23 Liberal Senators think that unless an animal is “owned”, the animal deserves no protection from cruelty and abuse.
Apparently the 23 Liberal Senators do not care that their own government spent seven years consulting on this piece of legislation and amending it to address concerns from animal use industries and animal protection groups.
These 23 Liberal Senators do not care about protecting animals from cruelty. They behaved in a shameful and appalling manner when they voted for the amendment to refer the Bill back to Committee.
We are not giving up the fight. We are not going to go away. We are going to make sure that every Liberal Senator who voted against Bill C-10(b) is continually reminded about the animals who are subjected to criminal acts and remain unprotected as a result of the Senators vote.
We are calling upon all the 23 Liberal Senators to reverse their position and vote for the passage of Bill C-10(b).
For further information please call Liz White, Director, Animal Alliance of Canada, 416-462-9541 (23) or 416-809-4371 (cell) and Barry MacKay, Animal Protection Institute, 905-472-9731, Anne Gibson, Toronto Coalition for Anti-Cruelty Legislation, 416-504-4310 (p).
The 23 Liberals who voted
to refer Bill C-10(b) to Committee
(all these numbers are 613 area code)
Senator Lise Bacon 995-6194
Senator George Baker 947-2517
Senator Michel Biron 992-0923
Senator John Bryden 947-7305
Senator Thelma Chalifoux 943-0445
Senator Maria Chaput 943-2435
Senator Ione Christensen 996-5937
Senator Anne Cools 992-2808
Senator Eymard Corbin 996-8485
Senator Jane MarieCordy 995-8407
Senator George Furey 943-7805
Senator Aurélien Gill 943-7851
Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette 947-8008
Senator Serge Joyal 943-0434
Senator Jean Lapointe 992-0166
Senator Shirley Maheu 947-2212
Senator Wilfred Moore 947-1921
Senator Landon Pearson 947-7134
Senator Lucie Pépin 996-1726
Senator Gerard Phalen 996-4680
Senator Nick Sibbeston 943-7790
Senator Herbert Sparrow 996-5994
Senator Charlie Watt 992-2981