Animal Welfare – Legislation in Canada

The mistreatment of any animal, including our much beloved equine companions, should be considered wholly unacceptable in today's society. Unfortunately, the sad reality is that the mistreatment of animals hoofed or otherwise persists, both in Ontario and right across the country.  There is an array of legislation, both provincially and federally, relating to the welfare of animals.  An awareness of animal welfare legislation affecting your community empowers people to do more for animals at risk. Federally, there are three pieces of legislation important to the well-being of animals.  The Health of Animals Act 1990, c.21 and the Meat Inspection Act 1985, c.25 ensure the humane treatment of animals, including horses, during their transport and slaughter respectively.  There has been a tremendous growth in Canada's slaughter of horses, doubling every 2 years since the U.S. stopped slaughtering its own horses in 2006, with the meat produced destined for Europe and Asia.  Unfortunately,…

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