Bravo for pet-protection laws!

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PETA applauds Agriculture Minister Pierre Paradis’ amendment to Quebec’s Civil Code, which would consider          animals living, sentient beings instead of “property.”

PETA applauds Agriculture Minister Pierre Paradis’ amendment to Quebec’s Civil Code, which would consider          animals living, sentient beings instead of “property.”
With the fire that killed all 70 animals in a La Pocatiere pet store, August 11, we also hope that Quebec will adopt an   ordinance requiring all pet stores and facilities where animals are kept to have sprinkler and fire alarm systems installed. Animals who end up in pet stores have endured enough – many come from puppy mills where they are kept in tiny, feces-caked cages, often deprived of adequate food, veterinary care, and shelter. No animal should have to suffer in a cage with no escape while choked by smoke and scorched by flames.
 Considering the pet overpopulation crisis which results in animals suffering on the streets and being euthanized in shelters for lack of good homes – as well as Quebec’s reputation as the “puppy mill capital of North America” – perhaps Mr. Paradis will feed two birds with one scone by outlawing the breeding and sale of animals altogether.

Lindsay Pollard-Post
The PETA Foundation