November 25th, 2020

Goodall backs senator’s proposed law to protect captive animals, ban elephant ivory


By The Canadian Press on November 17, 2020.

Primatologist Jane Goodall smiles after being honoured for lifetime achievement at a ceremony on her 85th birthday at city hall in Los Angeles on Wednesday, April 3, 2019. Sen. Murray Sinclair says he teamed up with Goodall to propose a bill to create laws that protect captive animals and ban the import of elephant ivory and hunting trophies into Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Damian Dovarganes

OTTAWA – Sen. Murray Sinclair says he has teamed up with primatologist Jane Goodall to propose a law to protect captive animals and ban imports of elephant ivory and hunting trophies into Canada.

Sinclair says his bill would ban new captivity of great apes and elephants unless it’s licensed and for their best interests, including for conservation and non-harmful scientific research.

The bill would also ban the use of great apes and elephants in performances and establish legal standing for the protected animals.

That would allow courts to issue orders to move them to new care or to improve their living conditions.

Sinclair says the bill will be named after Jane Goodall, who is best known for her 60-year study of social and family interactions of wild chimpanzees.

There are believed to be 20 elephants and 33 great apes living in captivity in Canada including nine chimpanzees, 18 gorillas and six orangutans.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 17, 2020.

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This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook and Canadian Press News Fellowship.

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