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e-591 (International development and aid)

42nd Parliament
Initiated by Melissa Matlow from Toronto, Ontario, on October 6, 2016, at 10:55 a.m. (EDT)
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Government assistance
Humanitarian assistance and workers
Livestock farming
Government Response Tabled

Petition to the Minister of International Development and La Francophonie

Whereas:
  • 800 million livestock keepers live on less than $2 a day and are among the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and disasters which injure and kill their animals;
  • Two-thirds of poor livestock keepers are women;
  • Livestock are an important source of income that women can access to support their children’s health and education;
  • Post-disaster, livestock provide economic and food security vastly improving families’ ability to recover and attain self-sufficiency;
  • Livestock plays a critical role in sustainable agriculture and reducing the impact of disasters yet they are not explicitly included in Canada’s international assistance policies or funding criteria;
  • Canadian aid for agriculture has fallen by 25% since 2011, less than 1% is spent on disaster preparedness and prevention and little to no funding is directed towards protecting livestock during disasters;
  • Research demonstrates that investing in livestock protection generates significant economic benefits for the community; and
  • It would also strengthen food security, nutrition, gender equality, livelihoods and sustainable economic growth. This would help Canada fulfill its commitment to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.
We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the Minister of International Development and La Francophonie to support the lives and livelihoods of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people by investing in the protection of livestock before and after disasters.
Don Valley West
Liberal
Ontario
Petition presented to the House of Commons on February 24, 2017 (Petition No. 421-01176)
Government response tabled on April 3, 2017 (Sessional Paper No. 8545-421-03)
Open for signature : October 6, 2016, at 10:55 a.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature : February 3, 2017, at 10:55 a.m. (EDT)
Province / Territory
Signatures
Alberta
117
British Columbia
291
Manitoba
54
New Brunswick
15
Newfoundland and Labrador
8
Northwest Territories
1
Nova Scotia
31
Ontario
652
Prince Edward Island
4
Quebec
224
Saskatchewan
20
Yukon
1
Other Countries
10
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