moved for leave to introduce Bill C-229, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (cruelty to animals).
Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to introduce, yet again, a bill dealing with animal cruelty. It is my hope that this will be the session when we finally pass laws that modernize our antiquated animal cruelty laws.
The bill I am presenting is the result of more than 10 years of compromise among the animal welfare groups, the animal use industries, this House and the other place, and has been passed by the House of Commons on two separate occasions, which gives me hope that it will be swiftly passed now that it has been introduced.
It is also my pleasure to introduce a bill that would amend the Criminal Code to add new sections for animal cruelty offences.
(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)