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.
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