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July 25, 2023
The Jane Goodall Act passed its first vote in the Senate on June 8, 2023, moving Canada one step closer to establishing the world’s strongest legal protection for captive wild animals. This progress on Bill S-241 is great news for these animals, particularly for thousands of privately held lions and tigers in Canada, with Senate committee hearings on the legislation starting in the fall.
World-renowned scientist and conservationist Jane Goodall has said the bill “is a monumental step forward for animals, people and the environment. I am honoured to lend my name to this world-leading legislation.”
Canada’s leading zoos support the bill, including the Toronto Zoo, the Calgary Zoo, and Zoo de Granby in Quebec. In calling for the vote, leaders of these organizations said their “collective expertise contributed to strengthening the bill to ban new captivity of lions, tigers, bears and hundreds more species at roadside zoos.”
I have advanced the Jane Goodall Act as an independent and non-partisan initiative. As the bill’s sponsor, I have upheld the principles and objectives of the original bill authored by the Honourable Murray Sinclair, former senator, former judge and chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. We have a strong scientific, legal and public safety case for the bill.