The Ontario SPCA responds to concerns over an alleged break and enter on a southern Ontario Mink farm
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Stratford, ON (May 5, 2016) – The Ontario SPCA has been made aware of a recent alleged break and enter on a southern Ontario farm where as many as 500 animals were released during the night of April 29/30, 2016.
The Ontario SPCA is mandated to enforce Animal Welfare legislation across the province.
The Society wants to strongly remind the public that taking the law into your own hands is never an option. If there is a concern for the welfare of an animal, citizens are to contact the Ontario SPCA who can follow up accordingly under the law.
“Taking the law into your own hands can lead to serious consequences for both the animals involved and the perpetrators,” says Senior Inspector Jennifer Bluhm, Ontario SPCA. “If the animals involved are harmed in any way as a result of this illegal act, the perpetrators could face charges under both the Ontario SPCA Act for causing unnecessary pain, suffering or injury, as well as under the Criminal Code of Canada for wilfully causing harm to an animal.”
The standards of care for raising farmed mink in Canada are set out in a newly revised Code of Practice, prepared under the auspices of the National Farm Animal Care Council. The Ontario SPCA has Memo of Understanding with the Ontario Fur Breeders Association. Together we work to ensure the animals are getting the care they require as set out by these Standards of Care.
The Canada Mink Breeders Association has posted a $100,000 reward for information leading to the capture and prosecution of the perpetrators of this break and enter crime.
To report any information on this crime, citizens are encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
To report animal cruelty call 310-SPCA (7722).
Ontario SPCA and Humane Society:
Protecting animals since 1873, Ontario SPCA is Ontario's Animal Welfare organization. A registered charity comprised of over 50 communities.
Since 1919, when Ontario's first Animal Welfare legislation was proclaimed, the Ontario SPCA, with the help of its communities, has been entrusted to maintain and enforce Animal Welfare legislation. The Act provides Ontario SPCA Agents and Inspectors with police powers to do so.
Ontario SPCA provides leadership in Animal Welfare innovations including introducing high-volume spay/neuter services to Ontario and opening the Provincial Education & Animal Centre.