"For years WSPA has witnessed and fought against the suffering of countless animals in roadside zoos," said World Society for the Protection of Animals Programs Officer Melissa Tkachyk. "We look forward to working with the government in this positive new direction."
ONTARIO SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS
"We are pleased that the government has recognized the need to modernize and toughen animal welfare laws and create stiffer penalties for those convicted," said Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Chief Executive Officer Kate MacDonald.
ONTARIO VETERINARY MEDICAL ASSOCIATION
"As professionals with daily interaction with animals and their owners, veterinarians are in the best position to detect animal abuse. Unfortunately, many cases of animal abuse occur right in the household and are eventually brought into their veterinary clinic out of remorse," said Ontario Veterinary Medical Association President Dr. Irene Moore. "Making it mandatory for veterinarians to report all suspected cases of animal abuse with proper protection when reporting is done in good faith will rescue many animals - and possibly family members - from their lives of abuse. Ontario veterinarians applaud the government for recognizing the need to protect our beloved pets."
COLLEGE OF VETERINARIANS OF ONTARIO
"The College of Veterinarians of Ontario appreciates the government taking steps to improve animal welfare in Ontario, and is pleased that we were consulted and our input valued, " said College of Veterinarians of Ontario Registrar Susan Carlyle.