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The Ottawa Animal Advocate
An Uncertain Future for Animal Cruelty Investigations in Ontario: An Update

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The OHS reported last month that, with 27 days' notice, the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) announced it would no longer enforce animal cruelty legislation in Ontario.

Since then, the government asked the OSPCA for an extension to January, 2020 to allow time for new legislation to pass and a new system to be put into place. The OSPCA refused, but did agree to their original June 28 extension offer.

The Ontario government has remained tight-lipped as to their intentions after this date, but has announced it will be surveying municipalities about the current landscape of animal welfare enforcement.

Meanwhile, the OHS has corresponded with the Solicitor General of Ontario and our local Conservative MPP Lisa MacLeod about the necessary requirements for an adequate system in the province to protect animals. Furthermore, we expect to be meeting with Ottawa Police Services and Ottawa By-law and Regulatory Services Branch to coordinate our response and efforts to protect animals in Ottawa once the OSPCA deadline in June hits.

What can you do?

Write your MPP. Let him or her know that you care about the welfare of animals. Let them know that you expect a comprehensive response to crimes against animals in the province.

National Laws Impacting Animals Being Reviewed by Parliament


Parliament is considering amendments to four laws that have a direct impact on animal welfare. Amendments go through a lengthy process before being enacted into law. Scroll down to review these amendments and where they are in the legislative process.

Bill C-84

This bill creates offences for people who engage directly or indirectly in the cruel and illegal practice of animal fighting. It also formally creates a definition and offence in the Criminal Code for bestiality – a serious issue the OHS has been pressing the government to take action on for years. Bill C-84 has gone through its first and second reading, committee review and is now before the House of Commons for its third and final reading.

Bill S-214

This bill amends the Federal Food and Drugs Act "to prohibit cosmetic animal testing and the sale of cosmetics developed or manufactured using cosmetic animal testing. It also provides that no evidence derived from animal testing may be used to establish the safety of a cosmetic." It has passed through the Senate and will be sent to the House of Commons for its first reading.

Bill S-238

This bill amends the Fisheries Act to prohibit the practice of shark finning. It also amends a section of the law to prohibit the importation and exportation of shark fins, or parts of shark fins that are not attached to a shark. Bill S-238 made it through the Senate and is waiting for its second reading in the House of Commons.

Bill S-203

Bill S-203 aims to end the captivity of whales and dolphins in Canada. It also aims to regulate the importation or exportation of whales and dolphins and create offences for keeping them in captivity. This amendment made it through the Senate, has passed committee in the House of Commons and is ready for its third and final reading in the House of Commons before being enacted into law.

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