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Killing them softly: Quebec drafts new rules to ‘protect’ dozens of farmed animal species under its welfare law

The proposed regulations outline care standards that would apply to dozens of other species, including bison, deer, boar, ostriches, wild turkeys and some species of fish.

MORGAN LOWRY: ‘The Quebec government is moving to expand the scope of its animal welfare legislation to offer increased protection to species ranging from horses and mink to ostriches and wild turkeys. The draft regulations published this week would require fox and mink farms and stables with 15 or more horses to meet the same welfare standards as dog- and cat-breeding operations. Under the proposed rules, owners of these farms and stables would have to obtain a permit from the Agriculture Ministry and submit to regular inspections.

The proposed regulations also outline care standards that would apply to dozens of other species, including bison, deer, boar, ostriches, wild turkeys and some species of fish. People raising these animals would not need a permit, but they would have to respect rules concerning cleanliness, living space, safety, and access to food and water. They would also have to follow procedures to isolate animals that are sick or giving birth. In an impact analysis published along with the rules, the Agriculture Ministry said it is moving to strengthen its 2015 legislation based on growing public concern over animal welfare’. SOURCE…

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