An­i­mal wel­fare im­prove­ments en­cour­ag­ing

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

Last year, a group called the An­i­mal Le­gal De­fense Fund left P.E.I. in the dirt at num­ber 13 on their North Amer­i­can list based on an­i­mal pro­tec­tion laws.

While this fail­ing grade was frus­trat­ing, most Is­landers were pleased to hear that P.E.I. re­ceived a pass­ing grade on the re­port card this time around.

Gov­ern­ment has showed im­mense im­prove­ment and has even added bans and measures that aren’t in place in other prov­inces. The gov­ern­ment of P.E.I. has banned ex­otic an­i­mal cir­cuses, and now re­quires those re­spon­si­ble for agri­cul­tural and re­search an­i­mals to abide by na­tional codes of prac­tice.

You can also now be deemed un­fit to own a pet with­out be­ing pros­e­cuted, which pro­tects an­i­mals from un­safe and un­healthy homes.

A pet owner in Sum­mer­side was also charged re­cently af­ter leav­ing five dogs unat­tended in a car that was not run­ning and the win­dows barely open. Thanks to the new An­i­mal Wel­fare Act, the owner will re­ceive a hefty fine.

P.E.I. is now a lead­ing ex­am­ple for an­i­mal wel­fare across North Amer­ica. It’s some­thing that we should be proud of and find com­fort in for our furry friends.

While the new laws do not in­clude fish or marine mam­mals, it is the only place for im­prove­ment with the Island’s an­i­mal wel­fare act, and I don’t doubt that those im­prove­ments will soon come to give us a re­port card worth putting on the fridge.

Ja­son DeRoche,


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