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Ministry of Agriculture’s Cruelty to Animals Act is an Alarmingly Ambiguous Piece of Legislation

“The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act is overseen by the Ministry of Agriculture and is an alarmingly ambiguous piece of legislation.  Some of the law dates back over 100 years.  Dogs and cats are defined strictly as property and there is no regulation in the act addressing businesses that work with animals such as sled dog companies. Without this regulation, a place of business cannot be shut down for acts of cruelty against animals.  This legislation is clearly in place only to protect the rights of owners with “animal property”, not the rights of animals.”

Another Change.Org Article on B.C. Anti Cruelty Laws:  “It’s awesome to see how the collective voice of nearly 50,000 people has impacted and brought change to something so wrong as the killings of 100 sled dogs,” Ian Somerhalder said. “ISF is ecstatic that our recommendations for change became a voice in the Governmental Task Force Report. Now our job is to make sure the B.C. legislators listen to the people. It is time for B.C. to become the example in Canada by passing the strongest provincial Anti-Cruelty to Animals law.”


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