New animal welfare law gives officials greater powers to intervene
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.