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Ontario Strengthening Protection for Animals

Province Taking Action to Enhance Animal Welfare

Ontario is strengthening protection for animals through regular inspections of zoos and aquariums, by boosting enforcement of animal welfare laws, cracking down on puppy and kitten mills, and enhancing standards of care for marine mammals.

With support from the Ontario government, the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) will strengthen protection for animals by: 

  • Enhancing the responsiveness of investigators to animal welfare complaints from rural and northern communities.
  • Establishing a 24-7 centralized dispatch service to ensure enforcement officers can respond effectively to calls about animal abuse from anywhere in the province.
  • Creating a squad of specially trained investigators who will crack down on puppy and kitten mills.
  • Delivering specialized livestock training for investigators in the agricultural sector.

The OSPCA  will also enhance protection for animals in captivity by:

  • Conducting regular inspections of zoos and aquariums to ensure the health and safety of animals.
  • Establish and maintain a registry of zoos and aquariums to support twice-yearly inspections.

The province will also be seeking technical advice from the scientific community regarding standards of care for all marine mammals, including whales, dolphins and seals. In developing the final regulatory standards the economic and tourism impact of these standards on affected communities will be considered.

Working to protect animals from abuse and neglect is part of the government's plan to work together as One Ontario to address the unique needs of every community, so that we can build a successful, compassionate and united province.

Find out about the work of the OSPCA

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