Marlene Jennings Liberal MP for Notre-Dame-de-Grace put forward the following petition for effective Animal Welfare Legislation:
We, the undersigned residents of Canada, draw the attention of the Canadian House of Commons to the following:THAT there is scientific consensus and public acknowledgement that animals can feel pain and can suffer, and thus all efforts should be made to prevent animal cruelty and reduce animal suffering;THAT recent amendments to the Canadian Criminal Code provisions on cruelty to animals only increased the penalties for offenses;THAT the range of indictable offenses has barely changed since the original 1892 Criminal Code;THAT the fact that so few offenses are ever prosecuted means recent legislation has done little to protect animals in Canada;THEREFORE, your petitioners call upon the House of Commons to adopt effective animal welfare legislation that will actually improve the condition of animals in Canada and promote animal welfare.
"Mr. Speaker, as a follow up to that series of petitions in respect of the pain that animals feel and in view of the fact that babies in the womb for the entire nine months feel some considerable pain caused by the abortion procedures that are used in this country, these petitioners in the country of Canada note that in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms everyone has a right to life, freedom from pain and freedom from the kind of assault fetuses experience in the womb.
"It has been 47 years, since May 14, 1969, when Parliament changed the law to permit abortions," he continued, "and since January 28, 1988 Canada has had no law to protect the lives of unborn children. The petitioners are calling on Parliament, as the Supreme Court also urged, to pass legislation for the protection of human life from the time of conception and fertilization until the time of natural death."
Me, I'm for people, including the pre-born ones. Dogs and cats are cute, and if you hurt them, they feel pain, true. But, they never get elected to parliament or picked to run HRCs, do they?
But, if we keep killing off our unborn children what does that say about us as a society? Nothing good, that's for sure.