Vancouver Humane Society says dogs will continue to suffer and be
VANCOUVER, Feb. 20, 2012 /CNW/ - The Vancouver Humane Society (VHS) says
the care standards for sled dogs, announced today by the B.C.
government, have completely failed to address the dogs' welfare
Under the standards sled dogs will still be tethered for long periods
and can still be shot if they are unwanted and cannot be rehomed. In
addition, the standards provide no resources for on-site inspections or
enforcement of the regulations.
"The standards are a travesty," says VHS executive director Debra
Probert. "What is the point of having regulations if there is no
funding for enforcement?" Probert says dogs will continue to suffer
from poor conditions at isolated sled dog operations. "The tethering of
dogs for long periods is inhumane and unacceptable, yet this will
continue under the new regulations."
The new standards allow operators to kill sled dogs if they have "made
reasonable efforts to rehome the sled dog, but those efforts have been
unsuccessful." Probert says this means dogs will remain at risk of
being killed when they are surplus to an operator's requirements.
SOURCE Vancouver Humane Society
For further information:
Debra Probert: 604 266 9744 Cell: 778 994 9744
Peter Fricker: 604 266 9744 Cell: 604 603 5401