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February 25, 2009

Quebec Welfare Workgroup Created

Humane Society International/Canada

Thanks to tremendous public pressure, the Liberal Quebec Government has set up a specific workgroup to improve companion animal welfare in the province. This is a tremendously welcome and much-needed move to help shut down puppy mills in Canada’s puppy mill capital.

Although no specific date has been set as of yet, various veterinary and municipal associations, provincial government officials and pet associations will sit on the panel alongside SPCAs and SPAs. The workgroup will be chaired by Mr. Geoff Kelley, a Liberal who has taken special interest in the growing concerns of the public on this issue.

In recognition of our involvement in three puppy mill seizures in late 2008, we are pleased to announce that Humane Society International/Canada has been officially invited to participate in this pivotal workgroup.

HSI Canada will be a strong voice to this end, with plans to propose broad, sweeping measures to finally help dogs and cats live with the dignity they deserve: tougher provincial laws and penalties; giving the mandate to all Québec SPCAs/SPAs to enforce Quebec’s animal welfare laws; and increasing funding from the government to do so.

The key issue addressed is a mandatory registration system for breeders. This is a necessary preliminary step to help save thousands of animals from inhumane living conditions. However, much more needs to be done. HSI Canada, along with allies, will be proposing broad sweeping measures be adopted to finally help dogs and cats live with the dignity they deserve. These include tougher provincial laws and penalties, giving the mandate to all Quebec SPCAs/SPAs to enforce Quebec’s animal welfare laws, and increasing funding from the government to do so.

This has all been possible because of the public’s efforts in Quebec and across Canada. Bravo to HSI animal advocates!

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