The provincial election is June 2. If you haven't already, make sure you've registered to vote or updated your information by May 23 — the animals are counting on you.
The election is a chance to make a difference for the animals and raise your voice to close gaps in animal welfare. Such as:
Inadequate investigations and enforcement for animal cruelty and neglect. While strong on paper, the province has struggled to implement the PAWS act effectively throughout its two-year lifespan. Slow response times, ineffective investigations, confusion with emergency responders over responsibility and not working together with humane societies and SPCAs as partners are hallmarks of the act's history and cause animals to suffer.
Damaging legislation for farm animal welfare. Bill 156 was presented as an act for food safety and security, but it places a stranglehold on journalists, advocates and whistleblowers from investigating on-site and reporting on cruel and inhumane farming conditions. There are ways to preserve food security while still ensuring farm animal welfare. Bill 156 must be removed.
No consistent oversight for exotic animals. Ontario has no legislation regarding the ownership of lions, tigers and other exotic animals. It is up to municipalities to create and enforce rules surrounding exotic animals. This approach has created a patchwork of legislation and suffering for animals and people alike throughout the province including the death of a tiger.
The provincial election is another opportunity to keep animal welfare on the table. So far, no major parties have announced how their platforms will help Ontario's animals. Ask your representatives how they will be addressing these issues and what they will do for Ontario's animals.