North Vancouver-Seymour MLA Jane Thornthwaite is raising concerns more than two years after passing the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Amendment Act that John Horgan and the NDP government continue to drag their feet on funding a regulatory agency to enforce standards of care for animal welfare.
“This week the BC SPCA was again called to confiscate animals from a Vancouver Island breeder demonstrating the immediate need for licensing or registration to be put in place to save animals from harm across the Province,” says Thornthwaite. “The dogs surrendered to the BC SPCA on July 2 are in serious condition. This is not the first time this breeder has been suspected of neglecting animals in their care. This situation could have been prevented if the NDP weren’t dragging their feet on yet another long consultation process.”
The BC SPCA renewed their call for the immediate implementation and funding for breeder regulations that would outline standards of care for dogs and cats in what is a largely unregulated industry.
“The problem is consultations have actually stalled with the BC SPCA and the responsible breeders in addition to the creation of a regulatory enforcement team being put on hold because of a lack of funding,” adds Thornthwaite. “Puppy mills and unscrupulous breeders continue to operate with impunity because the legislation is not being enforced.”
John Horgan and the NDP’s failure to provide the BC SPCA with necessary funds means puppy mills, unregulated rescue centres and unethical breeders continue to operate throughout the province.