|Ontario Strengthening Protection for Animals|
|Friday, 25 October 2013 15:01|
Province Taking Action to Enhance Animal Welfare
October 25, 2013 9:05 a.m.
Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services
Ontario is strengthening protection for animals through regular inspections of zoos and aquariums, by boosting enforcement of animal welfare laws, cracking down on puppy and kitten mills, and enhancing standards of care for marine mammals.
With support from the Ontario government, the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) will strengthen protection for animals by:
The OSPCA will also enhance protection for animals in captivity by:
The province will also be seeking technical advice from the scientific community regarding standards of care for all marine mammals, including whales, dolphins and seals. In developing the final regulatory standards the economic and tourism impact of these standards on affected communities will be considered.
Working to protect animals from abuse and neglect is part of the government's plan to work together as One Ontario to address the unique needs of every community, so that we can build a successful, compassionate and united province.
"Our government cares deeply for the well-being of animals wherever they live in this province. These measures strengthen the enforcement of animal welfare laws in under-served areas, dedicate resources to specific areas of concern such as inspections of zoos and aquariums and will set new standards of care for marine mammals.”
"This announcement begins a new era for animal protection in Ontario. We are pleased and proud to partner with the province on this historic initiative.”