An­i­mal wel­fare

The Glengarry News - - News -

By Crispin Colvin, Direc­tor, On­tario Fed­er­a­tion of Agri­cul­ture Changes are com­ing to an­i­mal care en­force­ment in On­tario. Ear­lier this year, the On­tario So­ci­ety for the Preven­tion of Cru­elty to An­i­mals (OSPCA) an­nounced it would not sign a new contract for ser­vices with the On­tario gov­ern­ment. This means that the OSPCA is no longer in­ves­ti­gat­ing and en­forc­ing an­i­mal cru­elty law for live­stock and equine on farms in On­tario.

These de­ci­sions have re­quired changes to the process and the au­thor­i­ties for an­i­mal pro­tec­tion across the province. The pub­lic is be­ing ad­vised to con­tact lo­cal po­lice ser­vices if they are con­cerned with care of a farm an­i­mal. The On­tario Fed­er­a­tion of Agri­cul­ture (OFA) wants all farm­ers to be aware that lo­cal po­lice ser­vices have taken over the re­spon­si­bil­ity from OSPCA for in­spec­tion and en­force­ment ac­tiv­i­ties for all live­stock and equine in On­tario. OSPCA will con­tinue to pro­vide ser­vices for an­i­mal care en­force­ment for do­mes­tic pets only un­til June 28, 2019.

OFA has been work­ing with On­tario’s an­i­mal agri­cul­ture rep­re­sen­ta­tives, Farm and Food Care On­tario and com­mod­ity groups to de­velop net­works with po­lice forces across the province that now have the au­thor­ity to in­spect premises and en­force an­i­mal care laws. On­tario farm­ers pro­vide ex­cel­lent care for farm an­i­mals and up­hold the high­est stan­dard of care out­lined in our na­tional codes of prac­tice.

OFA is com­mit­ted to con­tinue to work closely with po­lice ser­vices in the best in­ter­ests of farm an­i­mals as a new plan for an­i­mal care pro­tec­tion takes shape. We will also con­tinue to work with farm­ers, live­stock groups, po­lice ser­vices and the On­tario gov­ern­ment to en­sure co­op­er­a­tion and trans­parency be­tween all par­ties con­tin­ues as changes to On­tario’s an­i­mal pro­tec­tion ser­vices are im­ple­mented.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.