Amendments to Manitoba’s Animal Welfare Act get mixed reviews.

D’Arcy Johnston who owns D’Arcy’s A.R.C. animal rescue shelter on Portage Avenue, said he, too, has many questions and thinks the province would be better off updating old laws already on the books.”How are they going to come up with a policy on how animals can be treated when the cage sizes that animals are allowed to live in … hasn’t been changed in 50 years. You know what? I have problems with that,” Johnston said.

However Bill McDonald, executive director of the Winnipeg Humane Society, told CBC News he feels the changes are a positive step, especially in how it gives the courts more power to punish offenders.

“Judges now have the capability of imposing an animal ban for life when people are charged [under the Act]. In fact, you can never own an animal again. That’s not there now,” McDonald said.


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