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Ontario Legislative Debates Include Proposed Ban on Veterinary Surgical Procedures

As you are aware, the Ontario government recently proposed updated animal welfare legislation (PAWS Act). The Act is intended to impose tougher penalties for animal abuse and neglect. Last week, we asked you to review Bill 136 and contact your local MPP if you have any questions and concerns, as the Bill is moving swiftly through the House.

As part of the second reading debates from November 18 and 19, MPP Marit Stiles and MPP Mike Schreiner discussed a potential ban on veterinary surgical procedures such as cropping and docking. We encourage you to contact your local MPP and have your say regarding this important subject. If passed, Bill 136 will be effective as of January 1, 2020.

During its fall Council meeting, the College of Veterinarians of Ontario (CVO) Council re-confirmed that while it does not support “medically unnecessary veterinary procedures” on any animal, Council supports Ontario’s licensed, professional veterinarians who have the skills and knowledge to assist animal owners, in making decisions about such procedures. Council decided that a prohibition of such surgical procedures could increase risks to animal welfare under the current legislation.  

CKC continues to advocate for its membership in support of freedom of choice for breeders who choose to work with their veterinarians to carry out procedures such as cropping, docking and front dewclaw removal, to promote safety in performance activities and support hygienic animal husbandry. 

Have Your Say!
Please contact MPP Stiles, MPP Mike Schreiner, your local MPP and/or the Solicitor General if you have any questions or concerns about Bill 136. If you’re not sure who your MPP is, simply search for your riding via Elections Ontario's postal code search.
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