NDP Government to Take Action to Protect Animals and Penalize Animal Abusers

March 22, 2013

(Halifax, N.S) The NDP government intends to bring in legislation this spring to better protect animals and stiffen penalties for animal abusers.

“The protection of animals deserves to be treated with the utmost seriousness. It’s unthinkable what some people are capable of doing to animals. Government has a responsibility to do whatever it can to ensure people who abuse animals face consequences,” said Mat Whynott, MLA for Hammonds Plains – Upper Sackville.

 The NDP Caucus recently completed a survey on animal abuse being conducted by People For Dogs, an animal welfare advocacy group.

“On behalf of government, I want to thank People For Dogs for their passion, their input and for conducting this survey,” said Whynott.  

The NDP government previously made improvements to the Animal Protection Act, in 2010, increasing the powers of inspectors, the first major changes of their kind to the Act since coming in to effect. Last month, Premier Dexter committed to bringing in additional legislation during the spring legislative session.