Mr. Speaker, the future of animal welfare is a serious issue that governments around the world must recognize.
There is both scientific consensus and public acknowledgement that animals feel pain and can suffer.
That is why I strongly support the motion made by my colleague from Scarborough Southwest on adopting the universal declaration on animal welfare. I also strongly support the bill introduced by my colleague from Brossard—La Prairie, which seeks to reduce the maximum number of hours during which animals in transit can be confined.
Taking proper care of animals reduces the risk of transmitting diseases to humans and of food-borne disease.
I call on all my colleagues to support these two measures.