Government takes next step in commitment to protect cats and dogs

proxy.jpegThe B.C. government has followed through on its commitment to enhance the protection of cats and dogs in British Columbia by passing an Order-in-Council (OIC), Agriculture Minister Norm Letnick announced today at the BC SPCA Victoria Community Animal Centre.

The regulation announced today is the latest action in government’s commitment to improve the quality of care, management and the humane treatment of cats and dogs in commercial breeding establishments.

The OIC provides a new regulation under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act that recognizes the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association’s Codes of Practice for both kennel and cattery operations as generally accepted practices of animal management for commercial breeders and boarders of cats and dogs in British Columbia.

The B.C. government is now focused on consulting with kennels and catteries about possible licence or registration requirements to operate as a commercial breeder in the province. Other action may include possible proactive monitoring enforcement of commercial cat and dog breeders.

The consultation with key stakeholders is underway.

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