A Burnaby couple has filed the first ever electronic petition to the House of Commons website in a bid to ban shock-collar training for pets.
Gwendy Williams says they have tried, unsuccessfully, on four previous occasions to gather petition signatures to raise the issue with the government.
Williams says the e-petition, which debuted quietly on Friday, will give a broader national spotlight for important issues like hers.
“If our animal cruelty laws can’t basically protect our pets from being electrically shocked, then how can we protect any other animal in our country? Then we are basically sanctioning using pain on our animals — pain to train for our pets.”
The House of Commons launched e-petitions on Friday, through a new web portal.
They were enabled by a successful backbench private member’s bill from NDP MP Kennedy Stewart last spring.
E-petitions have 120 days to gather a minimum of 500 signatures to be presented in Parliament.
The shock-collar ban petition has close to 200 supporters so far.