Put a stop to “Ag-Gag” Bill 156
Share your concerns about Bill 156. We have put forward a submission to the government outlining why the Ontario SPCA and Humane Society does not support Ontario’s Bill 156, Security from Trespass and Protecting Food Safety Act, 2019.
To be a voice for animals, contact your local MPP.
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We want to hear from you!
In Ontario, under the Dog Owners’ Liability Act (DOLA), it is illegal to own or house* a Pit Bull-type dog. We want your input on the regulation of Pit Bulls in Ontario. You are invited to complete a short survey to share your thoughts.
A Pit Bull is defined under the law as:
- A Pit Bull Terrier
- A Staffordshire Bull Terrier
- An American Staffordshire Terrier
- An American Pit Bull Terrier
- A dog that has an appearance and physical characteristics substantially similar to any of the above dog breeds
*with exceptions written in the Dog Owners’ Liability Act
Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Goats is now open for public comment
The draft Code will be open for review and comment until Feb 22, 2021.
Did You Know?
- There are 230,000 goats in Canada.
- Ontario has 52% of the Goats in Canada.
- Ontario has 36% of the Goat farms in Canada.
- The Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Goats was last updated in 2003
- Codes of practice are important tools to ensure the well-being of farm animals because they establish guidelines for care.
- Requirements in Codes are only enforceable where they are embedded in legislation. In Ontario, the Codes are not embedded in the Provincial Animal Welfare Act and most legislation has exemptions for generally accepted agricultural practices.
- Codes of Practice are developed by: farmers government, animal protection groups, researchers and processors but public input is important in guiding areas of focus.
Key Areas of Priority in the New Draft:
- natural behaviours – positive states and enrichment
- lameness – hoof trimming and nutritional causes of lameness
- painful procedures – prevention, protocols and strategies, pre and post-op procedures , disbudding, dehorning, horn tipping and castration
- space allowances – water and feeder space, housing density
- end of life management
- optimizing kid health – optimizing immunity, nutrition
- other issues of concern
- euthanasia and slaughter
- parasite management
- infectious disease
The draft Code is now complete and Canadians have the opportunity to provide their comments until February 22, 2021.
Speak up to end the silent suffering of pigs
In 2014, the National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC) updated the Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Pigs. This update included phasing out the use of gestation crates for female pigs and moving them to group housing. The pig industry was given until 2024 to update its facilities and farming practices.
Here’s the issue; NFACC’s Code Technical Panel (CTP) has recommended delaying the requirement to end the use of gestation crates, asking for a five-year extension which would extend the time to 2029. That’s five additional years that pigs will be confined to a space so small that they are unable to turn around or do little more than to stand up or lie down.
The scientific evidence is clear that pigs are intelligent animals; they feel pain and living in gestation crates causes them physical and psychological pain and suffering. Will you be their voice to end this outdated and inhumane practice?
Officials probe arrival of 500 puppies, 38 of them dead, aboard flight from Ukraine
We are appalled to learn that 500 dogs were transported in the cargo hold of a Ukraine International Airlines flight on June 13, 2020. The animals suffered needlessly and 38 of these innocent puppies died a terrible death. Many more dogs fell seriously ill. This is unacceptable. Canada and Ontario must do more to protect animals and to ensure that puppy mills are not permitted to operate in Canada.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) oversees the importation of dogs for commercial sale in Canada. Its rules do not prevent puppy mills from importing large numbers of dogs into Ontario as long as these operations file some paperwork. The CFIA does have the responsibility to enforce regulations contained in the Health of Animals Regulations Part XII, Humane Transport and Animal Welfare, as amended in 2016.
We call on the federal government to take immediate steps to protect animals by amending the Canadian Food Inspection Agency regulations to ban the importation of dogs for commercial resale without exception.
To be a voice for animals, contact your Federal Member of Parliament (MP) on this issue.
Help us shape the new Ontario Animal Protection Act.
The Ontario SPCA and Humane Society has established a task force to develop recommendations for the new provincial animal welfare legislation, that reflects the need for both greater protection and social justice for animals. This work will set the stage for new legislation including stronger regulations prohibiting the use of animals in entertainment, providing for the protection of pets and farm animals and establishing their status as sentient beings under the law.
Be a voice for animals! Share your feedback and help shape animal welfare laws in Ontario.