MP's bid to toughen animal cruelty laws defeated, government pledges own reforms

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OTTAWA - A Liberal backbencher's bill to modernize Canada's antiquated animal cruelty laws has been mauled, with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet ministers joining forces with the Conservatives to vote it down.

Toronto MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith's private member's bill was shot down Wednesday at second reading on a vote of 198-84.

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