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A special tribute to Ms. Joan Clark

Former chair of the Montreal SPCA’s board of directors, Ms. Clark passed away on April 8, 2020, at the age of 90.

A lawyer by profession, Ms. Clark fought many battles to increase the protection of all species of animals.

Ms. Joan Clark

Among her efforts, this inspiring activist drafted a bill on the living and slaughter conditions of factory-farm animals – namely calves, pigs and laying hens – with the purpose of improving their treatment. On behalf of the SPCA, she issued many recommendations to address overcrowding (for example, enforcing the minimum space requirements for each animal) and suggested changes to the standard agricultural practices. This led to new legislation in Quebec aimed at strengthening animal protection.

In the 1980s, she implemented many progressive measures at the SPCA. These included boosting the sterilization program so that shelter animals were spayed or neutered in the months following their adoption. She also set up various services to help wildlife.

Her work, perseverance and deep commitment to animal rights will never be forgotten. All of us at the Montreal SPCA offer our most sincere condolences to Ms. Clark’s loved ones, and we remain eternally grateful for her major contribution to our organization.

For more information, please consult the obituary notice.

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