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December 7, 2015

HSI/Canada Applauds Quebec Government for Strengthening Provincial Animal Welfare Law

Humane Society International/Canada

  • With the passage of Bill 54, animals are no longer considered objects in the Civil Code, but sentient beings with biological needs. Francis Vachon/AP Images for HSI

MONTREAL – Bill 54 introduced last June into the Quebec National Assembly and was adopted into law last Friday. Humane Society International/Canada welcomed the new legislation, introduced by Agriculture Minister Pierre Paradis.

Ewa Demianowicz, campaign manager for HSI/Canada, said: "The passage of Bill 54 is a great victory for animals. Our provincial animal welfare laws have been greatly improved by increasing penalties, including jail time and increased fines for offenders, awarding more power to inspectors, and strengthening general provisions regarding animal welfare. Moreover, animals are no longer considered objects in the Civil Code, but sentient beings with biological needs.

“After months of consultations and debate, we are thrilled that the Bill passed with so much support at the National Assembly. While it is unfortunate that not all animals will be covered by this legislation, including exotic animals and wild animals kept in captivity, this is a major step forward in animal protection in Quebec. Hopefully, this government will continue to work for animals and invest in the enforcement of this new legislation."

Media contact: Christopher Paré – office: 514 395-2914 / cell: 438 402-0643, email: cpare@hsi.org

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