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December 8, 2011

HSI Canada Commends Quebec Government on New Animal Cruelty Penalties and Fines

Humane Society International/Canada

  • Improved animal cruelty laws will toughen penalties and enforcement, including harsher punishment for puppy mills. HSI

MONTREAL — Humane Society International/Canada welcomes the newly proposed animal cruelty penalties announced by the Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation, as part of the updated P-42 (Quebec Animal Health Protection Act) regulations that will be introduced next week. These penalties come as HSI Canada completes the historic adoption of more than 600 dogs and puppies rescued from the largest commercial dog breeding operation in Canada, which recently pled guilty to multiple infractions of P-42.

Help care for the rescued dogs and shut down puppy mills across Canada

“For far too long, Quebec’s inadequate animal protection legislation, and a lack of associated penalties and enforcement have allowed puppy mills to thrive in this province,” said Lauren Scott, campaigner for Humane Society International/Canada. “Although these updated penalties are an important step in shutting down the Province’s worst offenders, we urge MAPAQ to ensure the remaining updates to the Quebec Animal Heath Protection Act are in keeping with the significant penalties announced today.”

In 2009, due to massive public outcry regarding the insufficient animal welfare standards in Quebec, the Charest government established a special task force under MAPAQ to improve legislation and enforcement in the Province.

For nearly three years, this special task force—consisting of experts in animal welfare (including HSI Canada), veterinarians and industry representatives—has worked to update the P-42 regulations. The expertise, research and perspectives contributed by task force participants have guided MAPAQ in updating the Province’s animal welfare regulations.

HSI Canada urges MAPAQ to continue to take concrete steps to improve the Quebec Animal Health Protection Act by addressing animal welfare concerns relating to euthanasia practices, overpopulation, sterilization, and introducing mandatory jail time for serious cases of animal cruelty.

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Humane Society International/Canada is a leading force for animal protection, representing tens of thousands of members and constituents across the country. HSI Canada has active programs in companion animals, wildlife and habitat protection, marine mammal preservation and farm animal welfare. HSI/Canada is proud to be a part of Humane Society International—one of the largest animal protection organizations in the world, with more than 11 million members and constituents globally—on the Web at hsicanada.ca.

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