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e-2285 (Animals)

Initiated by Audrey Weiss from Winnipeg, Manitoba

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the House of Commons

  • The Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC) certified institutions used 4,308,921 animals for research in 2016, an increase of 20.7% over 2015;
  • The CCAC is responsible for 'maintaining high standards' of animal care and they assess institutions who research on animals and certify those who meet their standards;
  • Certified institutions have committees that are responsible for overseeing all aspects of animal care;
  • In 2016, an undercover investigation released footage at ITR lab which is graphic, self explanatory and can be viewed online, and in 2017, W5 revealed what went on inside an animal research lab;
  • There's no transparency to the number of research facilities who had similar alleged incidents nor how many facilities were denied certification; and
  • Millions of innocent animals have no choice but to unwillingly give their lives to so-called research, and until animal research no longer exists, research animals need our voice.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the House of Commons to amend the Criminal Code to ensure disciplinary consequences for all animal research labs and the CCAC when they breach their responsibilities; to avoid 'conflict of interest', ensure there is no CCAC Board of Director who is also responsible for overseeing an animal research facility in any capacity; conduct independent reviews of animal research labs and the CCAC; have mandatory surveillance cameras in all animal areas before facilities are awarded certification (have the videos 'spot checked' by independent parties); and mandate the CCAC do random assessments rather than the current scheduled visits.
Open for signature
January 2, 2020, at 10:17 a.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
May 1, 2020, at 10:17 a.m. (EDT)
Photo - Sean Casey
Liberal Caucus
Prince Edward Island
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