Animal welfare improvements encouraging
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.