Mr. Speaker, it is disturbing to read stories about animal abuse in Canada.
Animals are, for millions of Canadians, an essential component of family life, forming special bonds that are valued and endearing.
Whether it is a seeing eye dog or a German shepherd providing services to our military and police forces, animals are valuable, loyal and dedicated. What they ask for in return is little.
Just recently we have learned how important dogs have become in support of our returning veterans, providing many of them with companionship in difficult times.
Former MP Mark Holland and the hon. member for Vancouver Centre have both attempted to strengthen animal protections by introducing legislation that would modernize laws against intentional cruelty and neglect.
Parliament must do more to protect animals.
I want to recognize community workers and humane societies throughout Canada, including Kelly Mullaly from the P.E.I. Humane Society, for giving a voice to animals.