Animal legislation

Interview with new executive director of Nova Scotia SPCA.

Q: If you could create or improve one piece of animal welfare legislation, what would it be?

A: I’ve had an opportunity to work on legislation in Ontario that was recently amended and proclaimed that finally developed a provincial offence for animals being in distress. That didn’t exist before. It was only for animals for hire, for sale or for breeding. Nova Scotia is ahead of the game in that regard, as there is an existing provincial offence for animals in distress. Additionally, there’s new legislation (Bill 186) that has . . . been approved and is just awaiting proclamation. I look forward to seeing that come into effect. I think our next opportunity, where legislation is concerned, is instituting regulations that really define standards of care for animals so that people can really understand what their responsibilities are and there can be a clear structure in place for enforcement.

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