Full text of Bill C-246 now available – and it looks good for the animals

The Modernizing Animal Protections Act – or Bill C-246 – was introduced to Parliament by Beaches-East York MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith last week, and now we can see the full text of this incredible piece of policy.

The bill itself seeks to update existing legislation to be current with what most Canadians clearly expect:

  • Ban the importation and sale of dog and cat fur
  • Require all real fur to be labelled on products
  • Ban the practice of shark finning and the importation of shark fins
  • Provide updates to the criminal code as it relates to non-human animal

The specific portion relating to the Textile Labelling Act, which is where fur and other materials are defined and regulated, would be updated to require that any “animal skinand animal hairandfur, whether or not ithas been removed from the animal skin” comprising five per cent or more by mass be labelled. It would also require that the percentage of mass be noted.

The ban on sale and importation of dog and cat fur would be listed under the Textile Labelling Act as well as the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act.

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The full text can be read at the Parliament of Canada website (click ‘text of the bill’ on the right side of the screen).

Bill C-246 passed first reading on Friday, and we will continue to bring you updates as they become available.


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