May 19, 2006 10:25 ET

CSPCA: Quebec's Animals Deserve Better!

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - May 19, 2006) - The Canadian SPCA, located in Montreal, along with its affiliates, have eight Animal Protection Officers throughout the province of Quebec. It has not been given the mandate to enforce Quebec's new animal protection law, titled The Animal Health Protection Act. Since its creation in 1869, the SPCA has been working exclusively with certain provisions of the Canadian Criminal Code, which treats animals like property. The criminal code was written in 1892 with only minor revisions made in the 1956. Because the SPCA does not have the mandate to enforce The Animal Health Protection Act, Quebec is a haven for irresponsible and inhumane breeders. In Quebec, one in two households has at least one pet. This is a province that cares about animals in our society. Unfortunately, the laws do not reflect the values of the Quebec people.

In contrast, the province of Ontario has more than two hundred animal protection officers. As well, Ontario's animal welfare laws could mean fines of up to $60,000, and/or up to two years in jail for people found guilty of operating puppy mills.

Most other Canadian provinces have similar legislation. In all these provinces, animal protection is in the hands of local humane societies.

Join the Canadian SPCA in giving a voice to those who cannot speak for themselves!

On Sunday, May 28, join hundreds of Quebecers who want to see a change in Quebec's animal protections laws.

Walk in the Shaggy Dog Strut at Parc Lafontaine, and help raise money to hire new Animal Protection Officers in Quebec.

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