Prohibition of Fur Farming

An Act to prohibit fur farming


Nathaniel Erskine-Smith  Liberal

Introduced as a private member’s bill. (These don’t often become law.)


Outside the Order of Precedence (a private member's bill that hasn't yet won the draw that determines which private member's bills can be debated), as of Feb. 8, 2022

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This enactment establishes prohibitions and offences for certain activities involving fur farming.


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Prohibition of Fur Farming ActRoutine Proceedings

February 8th, 2022 / 10:15 a.m.
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Nathaniel Erskine-Smith Liberal Beaches—East York, ON

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-247, An Act to prohibit fur farming.

Mr. Speaker, commercial fur farming is cruel to the animals that face horrible conditions every day, and it poses a real risk to human health, including pandemic risk. Many countries have already put an end to this practice and Canada should do the same. Animal science experts describe the filthy and cramped conditions as inherently inhumane. Infectious disease experts describe commercial fur farming as a hazardous practice that poses serious risks to human health because of the transmission of viruses between animals and people, and the very real threat of viral mutations.

In phasing out mink farming, B.C.'s provincial health officer declared it a “health hazard”. It is not only B.C., of course. The U.K. banned commercial fur farming over two decades ago, and many other countries have implemented similar bans since. It is now time for Canada to end the cruel and dangerous practice of commercial fur farming, and that is exactly what this legislation would do.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)