If you care about animals, I suggest you consider voting Green this 41st federal election. Canada’s laws are badly outdated when it comes to animals and their treatment. Our laws and our politicians need to get with the times and get with Canadians’ sentiment that it is NOT OKAY to treat animals poorly or cruelly, whether they are pets or intended for our dinner plates.
The Greens have over two pages dedicated to Animal Welfare in their “Green Vision” document, a comprehensive statement on Green Party of Canada policies and programs. You can read it yourself at: http://greenparty.ca/vision-green.
The plight of animals reminds me of the plight of women not so long ago. Women in Canada were once thought of as property, instead of as individuals with rights, too. It took many women risking their health, their reputation, and their social acceptance to stand up against this unfair treatment. Known as the suffragettes, they won the vote for women, giving women rights and a collective voice they never had before.
Animals are still considered as property in Canada, instead of as living beings that deserve a good life. It’s up to us to change this sorry state of affairs. Voting for a political party that takes animal welfare seriously is one way to do this.