Province makes changes to protect animals
The province is getting serious about protecting animals.
Community Safety Minister Madeleine Meilleur says there will now be regular inspections of zoos and aquariums. She underlines Ontario will also be tightening enforcement of animal welfare laws and cracking down on puppy and kitten mills.
She adds the province will also be enhancing standards of care for marine mammals.
Meilleur has been reviewing animal laws after former Marineland trainers claimed bad water quality and other issues at the park for the poor health of its animals. Marineland has denied those claims.
The province will pump $5.5 million a year into its new strategy.
The plans will also include a dispatch service for the OSPCA, so animal welfare officers can respond to animal abuse calls from all over the province.
However, NDP MPP Cheri Dinovo calls the announcement disappointing, saying she wants regulations and law changes, underlining beefing up the OPSCA won't help at all.