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THE MONTREAL SPCA AND INTRODUCTION OF BILL 54

ChienCheval-178712120The Montreal SPCA is pleased by the proposed legislative amendments set out in Bill 54, An Act to Improve the Legal Situation of Animals, which was presented on June 5th to the National Assembly by Pierre Paradis, the Quebec Minister of Agriculture. To see the video of an interview, please click here.

The new bill includes several improvements that the Montreal SPCA has been advocating for, namely protection for a broader range of species not covered under the current legislation, requirements in relation to psychological welfare for animals, and increased penalties, including jail time for recidivists. Bill 54 also includes a symbolic change to the legal status of animals under the Civil Code of Quebec, recognizing them as sentient beings distinct from inanimate objects.

However, the Montreal SPCA believes that the true scope of the reform set out in Bill 54 will only be ascertainable once accompanying regulations are made public and enforcement issues are addressed.

 

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