New an­i­mal wel­fare law gives of­fi­cials greater pow­ers to in­ter­vene

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - PROVINCE -

Af­ter over an hour of de­bate in the P.E.I. leg­is­la­ture, the new An­i­mal Wel­fare Act passed sec­ond read­ing Fri­day. The act gives pro­vin­cial author­i­ties more au­thor­ity to act in cases of an­i­mal ne­glect or abuse. “Acts of an­i­mal cru­elty and ne­glect will not be tol­er­ated in our province,” said Agri­cul­ture and Fish­eries Min­is­ter Alan McIsaac. “It is im­por­tant that gov­ern­ments and in­di­vid­u­als do their part to en­sure the health and safety of our an­i­mal pop­u­la­tion.” Cur­rently, pro­vin­cial of­fi­cials can only in­ter­vene if it is de­ter­mined an an­i­mal is in dis­tress. The new leg­is­la­tion will al­low an­i­mal pro­tec­tion of­fi­cers to in­ter­vene sooner by us­ing na­tion­ally rec­og­nized codes of prac­tice as a guide to proper care.

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