Senator Stan Kutcher Gives Speech in Favour of Jane Goodall Act

As second reading debates continued in the Senate on December 1st, Senator Stan Kutcher rose in support of Bill S-241, the Jane Goodall Act, sponsored by Senator Marty Klyne. Senator Kutcher highlighted the urgency of moving forward with the bill to protect wild animals in captivity, noting that animals held captive in zoos often develop a troubling form of mental illness known as zoochosis. Senator Kutcher joined many of his colleagues in recommending the Bill move to the next stage in the Senate. He pointed out that many of the issues which have been raised during second reading debates, including which level of government has jurisdiction over wild animals in captivity and which zoo accreditation organization should be designated in the Bill, require the “in-depth analysis that only committee study can provide.”