For two and a half years ago, the Ministere de l'Agriculture, des Pecheries et de l'Alimentation du Quebec (MAPAQ) has been working together with animal welfare experts, veterinarians, and industry representatives to update the Quebec Animal Welfare Act regulations.
Despite the implementation of some improvements, the MAPAQ has failed to address a number of key areas. necessary to alleviate the suffering endured by tens of thousands of dogs and cats.
Some of the most critical items not dealt with in MAPAQ regulations include veterinary care, maximum number of breeding dogs per facility, enrichment for dogs or cats confined to cages for extended periods of time, and loopholes in authorized euthanasia methods.
Sadly, we have heard many stories recently in Quebec about abandoned and homeless companion animals being tortured and abused. Last spring Radio-Canada’s investigative television show, Enquete, went undercover at the Berger Blanc shelter and shot explosive video that raised questions about how animals should be euthanized. In the video, animals were seen living in tiny, neglected cages and are injected with what appears to be drugs.
Here is the Radio Canada report on Berger et Blanc. A warning - some images will be disturbing:
As the city councillor in Côte Saint-Luc who oversees our new Cat Committee, I feel it is my duty to represent the views of animal lovers in our community.
At the August 8 Côte Saint-Luc City Council meeting, I asked that our city support a call by Humane Society International Canada and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA ) to urgently request members of the public to write in to MAPAQ requesting that the regulations they announced be dramatically improved before an August 26, 2011 deadline they have put forward.
The MAPAQ will not accept any emails, so you must fax or mail your comments to:
Ms. Madeleine Fortin
Sous-ministre adjointe, Direction générale de l'alimentation 200, chemin Sainte-Foy, 12e Étage Québec (Québec) G1R 4X6
Fax: 418 380-2171
See this link for more details.