Better Protection For Animals In Ontario
McGuinty Government Takes Action To Improve Animal Welfare
Jail, fines and a lifetime ban on owning animals are among the changes the provincial government is proposing to better protect animals in Ontario, including those in zoos.
Proposed legislation to be introduced today will, if passed, make Ontario's animal protection laws the strongest in Canada. These proposed changes are the first comprehensive amendments to the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act since it was introduced in 1919.
Key changes in the proposed Provincial Animal Welfare Act include:
- Protecting animals with penalties including jail, fines and a lifetime ownership ban for those who abuse animals
- Requiring veterinarians to report suspected abuse and neglect, and protecting them from liability for doing so
- Allowing the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to inspect places where animals are kept for entertainment, exhibition, boarding, sale or hire.
- The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals investigates roughly 15,000 allegations of animal cruelty each year.
- There are estimated to be over 50 zoos in Ontario, which is more than all other provinces combined.
“We will not tolerate the abuse of animals, including those kept in roadside zoos. If passed, this legislation would offer the strongest animal protection in Canada.”
“We are pleased that the government has recognized the need to modernize and toughen animal welfare laws and create stiffer penalties for those convicted.”