Ontario farmers asked to weigh in on animal welfare enforcement

Earlier this year, the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) announced it would no longer carry out enforcement of Ontario’s animal welfare laws.

The announcement has spurred Ontario’s government to evaluate how animal welfare enforcement is handled in the province and will shape new animal welfare legislation.

As part of that process, the government has opened a survey to garner feedback on what organization, agency, or law enforcement body should handle animal welfare enforcement in the province.

The evaluation and change come at a time when animal rights activist activity has escalated, but prosecution of trespassing and activist activity has been dropped by crown attorneys in the province (read more on that, here).

The consultation window is open until June 6, 2019. Those interested in weighing in can fill out the survey, here: https://www.ontario.ca/form/survey-protecting-ontarios-animals

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