Does the Ontario SPCA play a role in the Animals for Research Act?
As Ontario's animal welfare charity, the goal of the Ontario SPCA is to find homes for the animals that come into our care to provide them with a second chance at life. The Ontario SPCA has never provided animals from its adoption centres to research laboratories. While we work with select schools to give students studying veterinary medicine and animal husbandry an opportunity to provide the necessary care that animals awaiting adoption may require, it would be incongruent with our animal welfare philosophy to subject animals to testing.
The Ontario SPCA enforces provincial animal welfare legislation, also known as the Ontario SPCA Act, which falls under the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services. The Ontario SPCA Act exists to afford animals protection under law. This role does not extend to include the Animals for Research Act. The Ontario SPCA does not have the authority to investigate or monitor animals that fall under the Animals for Research Act. If you would like further information or would like to voice your concerns about the Animals for Research Act, contact the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-888-466-2372.
The Animals for Research Act, also known as the ARA or Pounds Act, falls under the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs (OMAFRA). The Animals for Research Act is a piece of legislation intended to regulate municipal animal control facilities and to regulate the use of animals in research, which may include studies, investigation or teaching. For more information on the Animals for Research Act please visit www.omafra.gov.on.ca.