QUEBEC CITY, June 17 /CNW Telbec/ - The pet welfare task force formed
last February by Laurent Lessard, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food,
and chaired by Jacques-Cartier MNA Geoffrey Kelley, held its fourth and final
meeting last June 12 at the National Assembly.
Several subjects were on the agenda of the meeting, in particular the
legislative and regulatory amendments that the various agencies are in favour
of. Other items were the problem of stray animals, methods of euthanasia,
sterilization as a means of controlling animal populations, and overall
funding for animal welfare in Québec.
"This meeting brings our mandate to a close," explained Mr Kelley. "We've
learned that pet welfare touches a lot of related issues, but that we have to
act and move quickly on short-term measures. Based on the constructive
discussions that took place, I am committed to tabling my report and the task
force's recommendations on better pet protection to Minister Lessard in July."
The strengthening of existing pet welfare measures is a government
priority. The members of the task force are already poised to continue working
together and to pursue the objectives that will be outlined in the report.
For further information:
For further information: Clément Falardeau, Public Relations Officer,
Direction des communications, (418) 380-2100, extension 3512,
www.mapaq.gouv.qc.ca; Source: Sylvain Bourassa, Press Attaché, Office of the
Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, (418) 380-2525