Separate roles

Ontario opposition MPPs suggest OSPCA be divided into two.

“It’s our belief that a charity should not have policing powers — not over itself or any other organization or entity,” Klees said. “The OSPCA should have to decide if it’s a charity with a mandate to prevent cruelty to animals or if it wants to be in the business of inspection and enforcement.”

The Conservative MPP wants the government to amend existing legislation to separate the roles of care giver and enforcer, either by dividing the OPSCA into two separate entities or creating a new agency to handle enforcement.

NDP Justice Critic Peter Kormos said concerns about a possible conflict of interest were raised when the OSPCA was given enhanced enforcement powers last year, permitting its officers, for instance, to enter premises such as zoos and pet stores to ensure care standards are met.

The privately-run agency was tasked with policing itself because it also provides animal care, Kormos said.

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