Dalton McGuinty had a chance to protect animals and didn't

    Ontario has weakest animal protection laws despite latest McGuinty

    TORONTO, Sept. 1 /CNW/ - After four years of Dalton McGuinty's
government, household pets in Ontario remain completely vulnerable to abuse
despite attempts by the PC Caucus to better protect them.
    "There's a huge elephant in the room that Dalton McGuinty's ignoring,"
said Tory. "His latest pre-election 'forgive me for not acting for the last
four years' announcement isn't the action Ontario needs to protect household
pets. This province has the weakest animal protection laws in all of Canada."
    Yesterday the McGuinty Liberals announced some money for animal
protection and roadside zoos as part of Dalton McGuinty's $27 billion
pre-election promise-making spree. The announcement was obviously designed to
cover up for Dalton McGuinty's inaction on protecting household pets and
complete refusal to pass legislation introduced by MPP Bob Runciman to toughen
provincial animal abuse laws.
    A John Tory Government will protect domestic animals by moving
immediately to:
      -  Strengthen protection for pets from abuse by amending the Ontario
         Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act;
      -  Expand the Act to include all household pets - not just dogs and
         cats owned by breeders;
      -  Catch up to other provinces by creating an offence for causing or
         permitting household pets to be in distress;
      -  Punish those found guilty of abusing their pets with penalties of up
         to two years in jail, fines of up to $60,000 and lifetime bans on
         pet ownership;
      -  Make it mandatory for veterinarians to report suspected cases of
         animal abuse;
      -  Ensure that farming and hunting are not unintentionally impacted by
         including an exemption for accepted practices of animal husbandry
         and management;
      -  Work with all parties to ensure fast passage of this legislation.

    "Anyone who cruelly harms a pet deserves to face the full weight of
provincial law, and should not be able to continue owning and harming pets,"
Tory said. "It's time Ontario had a Premier who will show leadership by
strengthening the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

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