QUEBEC CITY, May 20 /CNW Telbec/ - The working group on the well-being of
pets, created in February by Laurent Lessard, Minister of Agriculture,
Fisheries and Food, and headed by Geoffrey Kelley, MNA for Jacques-Cartier,
held its third meeting on May 8th in Longueuil.
At this meeting, group members reviewed in detail the inspection
processes relating to the implementation of the Animal Health Protection Act
and the Criminal Code. They then had the opportunity to propose possible
solutions to improve the effectiveness of on-site inspections.
"It was a very constructive meeting for the participants. They expressed
their point of view on the inspection methods. I'm very pleased to see how
rewarding these meetings can be. The proposed suggestions are interesting and
will help us progress in improving the well-beings of pets," declared Mr.
In June, the working group will complete its task, in accordance with its
mandate, and submit a report to Minister Lessard. In light of this report, the
Minister will decide on the short- and medium-term actions to take to improve
the well-being of pets in Québec.
The mandate of the working group is to make recommendations on
strengthening current measures regarding the well-being of pets and to create
a synergy among the different stakeholders, based on their respective
missions. In this perspective, group members are already considering pursuing
their collaboration in order to develop a coordinated strategy.
For further information:
For further information: Clément Falardeau, Public Relations Specialist,
Communications Branch, (418) 380-2100, ext. 3512, www.mapaq.gouv.qc.ca;
Source: Sylvain Bourassa, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of
Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, (418) 380-2525