On March 22, 2022, Senator Marty Klyne reintroduced the Jane Goodall Act to the Canadian Senate.

Originally introduced by Senator Murray Sinclair in 2020, the proposed bill contains new legal protections for captive big cats, bears, wolves, seals, sea lions, walruses, certain monkeys, and dangerous reptiles, such as crocodiles and giant pythons. The bill would also phase out elephant captivity in Canada.

The Jane Goodall Act represents some of the strongest legislation for animal protection in the world and we’re so proud to be a part of it. This bill is a reminder that real change is possible, and we can have an even bigger impact when we work together.

Who Has Been Involved?

Dr. Goodall and the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada

Dr. Goodall and the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada (JGIC) worked closely with the Senator’s office throughout the development of the Jane Goodall Act. In addition to providing input and feedback throughout the drafting process, our role has been to bring all stakeholders and experts to the table to create a balanced legislation that would protect animals under human care and put an end to wildlife trafficking.  

Accredited Zoos

The Toronto Zoo, the Calgary Zoo, the Granby Zoo, Assiniboine Park Zoo and the Montreal Biodome have announced their support for the Jane Goodall Act, and contributed expert advice on the new protections for big cats and other species.

Animal Advocacy Organizations

Six leading Canadian animal advocacy organizations have supported the bill: the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada, Humane Canada, Animal Justice, World Animal Protection Canada, Humane Society International/Canada and Zoocheck Canada. These organizations have also contributed their expertise to the bill, including around the relocation of animals from unsuitable conditions to sanctuaries.

Take Action

1. Read “Everything You Need to Know About the Jane Goodall Act”

Advocacy starts with knowledge. Get acquainted with the details of the Act and so you can share your knowledge with friends and family.

2. Download and Share the Jane Goodall Act Facts Graphics

We’ve put together some explainer graphics that are perfect for Instagram and Twitter threads. Download them below, or share directly from our Instagram page here.

3. Talk About the Act on Social Media

Building public support for the Act requires all of us to talk about it. Share the Facts graphics or just start some chatter about it online. Use the hashtag #JaneGoodallAct to join the conversation.


Support Work Like This Today

Dr. Goodall – and all of us at the Institute – continue to work tirelessly to protect animals, people, and the environment. Support work like the Jane Goodall Act by making a donation today.