We are at a critical standpoint when it comes to animal protection laws.
The OSPCA will either have to change drastically, or the Government is going to have to start something new in regards to animal protection law enforcement.
I am hoping for the latter. First off, the laws that are being enforced are due for an update. Second, in my opinion, we need more enforcement agents on the ground.
“The Ontario SPCA is unique amongst animal welfare organizations in Ontario: the Ontario SPCA Act mandates the Society to enforce animal cruelty laws and provides Society Branch and Affiliate investigators with police powers to do so.”
If we take a look at the Canadian animal protection laws, we have some of the worst in the world.
How can we ask a charity to provide enforcement if the laws are outdated? It’s our right to know as citizens what is being done to protect animals in our country. Since the OSPCA has no obligations to share its’ policies with the general public, concerned public cannot get their hands on information regarding inspections, policies, etc..
Earlier this year, in the case of Bogaerts v. The Attorney General of Ontario, the court ruled that it is unconstitutional for the Government of Ontario to permit a charity to provide enforcement of its legislation.
“The OSPCA, is at a stand In his application, Bogaerts alleges the powers the private charity is granted under the provincial OSPCA Act violate the right to life, liberty and security of the person, and that the OSPCA should be subject to provincial scrutiny.”
Meaning: they are going to try and argue this decision and get a different conclusion.
Trust, people are working incredibly hard for the protection of animals.
Where’s the vet in all this?