Bill C-618 (Historical)
An Act to amend the Hazardous Products Act and the Textile Labelling Act (animal fur or skin)
This bill was last introduced in the 40th Parliament, 3rd Session, which ended in March 2011.
Bill Siksay NDP
Introduced as a private member’s bill. (These don’t often become law.)
Introduced, as of Feb. 10, 2011
(This bill did not become law.)
This is from the published bill. The Library of Parliament often publishes better independent summaries.
This enactment amends the Hazardous Products Act to add products made in whole or in part of dog or cat fur to the prohibited products list.
The enactment also amends the Textile Labelling Act to add the phrase “any animal skin from which the hair or fur has not been removed” to the definition “consumer textile article”.
Hazardous Products Act
February 10th, 2011 / 10 a.m.
Bill Siksay Burnaby—Douglas, BC
moved for leave to introduce Bill C-618, An Act to amend the Hazardous Products Act and the Textile Labelling Act (animal fur or skin).
Mr. Speaker, I am very pleased to table a private member's bill, An Act to amend the Hazardous Products Act and the Textile Labelling Act (animal fur or skin), and want to thank the member for Vancouver East for seconding the bill.
The bill would prohibit the sale and import of products made in whole or in part of dog or cat fur. It would also require all animal skins to be labelled and full disclosure of fur fibres on labels.
Many Canadians are very concerned about the use of cat and dog fur and strongly support a ban on its use in imports. Should the bill pass, Canada would join Australia, Switzerland, the United States and the European Union in banning products that contain dog and cat skins and fur.
As well, animal pelts and hides do not currently require to be noted on labels. Under the Textile Labelling Act, products can simply be labelled fur “fibre”, no matter what quantity is involved without an explicit listing of all the type of fur fibre in the product.
I have been proud to work with Lesley Fox, executive director of the Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals, on this project. We believe the bill will give consumers who wish to avoid fur products clear and confident choices.
(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)