MINISTER LAURENT LESSARD WANTS TO STRENGTHEN MEASURES AIMED AT PREVENTING PET CRUELTY



    QUEBEC CITY, Feb. 12 /CNW Telbec/ - Laurent Lessard, Minister of
Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Minister responsible for the
Chaudière-Appalaches region and the Centre-du-Québec region, and MNA for
Frontenac, has announced the creation of a working group to bolster existing
measures concerning pet cruelty.
    The group will be mandated to examine the various problems pertaining to
pet welfare, particularly for dogs, and to propose short- and medium-term
solutions. More specifically, the working group will study a draft regulation
that would make the registration of all places where dogs are housed, sold or
bred mandatory in Québec.
    "People are increasingly concerned about pet cruelty. When we see footage
that shows their mistreatment beyond the shadow of a doubt, like the images
from puppy mills, it forces us to act," said Minister Lessard.
    The working group, chaired by Geoffrey Kelley, MNA for Jacques-Cartier,
will consist of representatives from various agencies. It will see to
establishing a common strategy and generating joint action among the parties
in question, based on their respective missions, in order to improve the
quality of life of our pets.
    "I am pleased to be chairing this working group. As someone who cares
about animal health and as a pet owner, I can assure you that everything will
be done to stop and prevent abuse and to better protect pets," MNA Kelley
vowed.
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For further information:

For further information: Clément Falardeau, Public Relations Officer,
Direction des communications, (418) 380-2100, extension 3512; Source: Jack
Roy, Press Attaché, Office of the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries,
(418) 380-2525

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CABINET DU MINISTRE DE L'AGRICULTURE, DES PECHERIES ET DE L'ALIMENTATION, MINISTRE RESPONSABLE DES REGIONS DE CHAUDIERE-APPALACHES ET DU CENTRE-DU-QUEBEC

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