Bill 54: victory against puppy mills!

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On December 4, Bill 54 was passed unanimously by the National Assembly. This law will improve animal welfare and safety in Quebec. SPA Canada was behind the movement that brought about restrictions on puppy mill owners and ensured increased protection for other animals.

On December 4, Bill 54 was passed unanimously by the National Assembly. This law will improve animal welfare and safety in Quebec. SPA Canada was behind the movement that brought about restrictions on puppy mill owners and ensured increased protection for other animals.
This success is the fruit of eight years of tireless campaigning. In 2007, SPA Canada mounted its provincial campaign to make puppy mills illegal in Quebec. That same year, more than 50,000 people signed its petition. In 2008, a hundred people, accompanied by dogs saved from puppy mills, assembled at the offices of then-Premier Jean Charest to deliver the petitions. Minister Geoffrey Kelley, then deputy, assured SPA Canada that he would make the issue a priority. The next day, Kelley confirmed he would set up a task force on animal welfare, not only to address the issue of puppy mills but to better protect all animals in Quebec.
SPA Canada’s efforts did not stop there: regional demonstrations, conferences, debates and meetings with public officials and media were organized. There were inquiries to track, document and index puppy mills in Quebec. A
mechanism to anonymously report puppy mills was set up.
This new law contains several shortcomings: it does not protect several
categories of animals such as exotic,
circus and livestock animals. Certain cruel treatments are still not punishable by law. Declawing, for example, is still allowed in Quebec even though it’s illegal in 18 countries. There is still work to be done.
Katherine MacDonald  (SPA Canada)
Montréal