Bill C246 is a private member’s bill formally called the Modernizing Animal Protections Act. It being promoted as legislation against shark finning, but that’s not the whole story.
The bill was introduced by Liberal backbencher (and vegan) Nathan Erskine-Smith. This legislation has been struck down seven times, but the Liberals are in charge now and the bill could pass.
It reads that anyone who “kills an animal or, being the owner, permits an animal to be killed, brutally or viciously, regardless of whether the animal dies immediately” is guilty of committing a criminal offence and could face a punishment of up to five years in jail and up to $10,000 in fines.
With no legal definition of what brutal or viciously means, and without any exceptions written into the law for traditional animal uses, any person causing the death of an animal is at risk for charges, including people who butcher their own chickens for meat or a driver who has hit a deer on the highway.
The Liberals are always looking for ways to criminalize our western way of life.