Press release: Animals seized from a Quebec puppy mill.

Press release: Animals seized from a Quebec puppy mill.



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Press release: Animals seized from a Quebec puppy mill.


Montreal, September 4rd, 2013 — 90 animals were rescued today from a puppy mill situated in Montérégie, Québec.  “It’s good news as far as this cruel industry is concerned but it’s certainly not enough to eradicate this barbaric business, given that Québec is the North American capital of non-regulated puppy mills,” said Gabriel Villeneuve, campaign director and spokesman for SPA Canada.

Puppy mills produce thousands of puppies each year which are then sold in pet shops or over the internet to unknowing consumers. Fortunately for the puppies, they eventually leave these horrific establishments –but what about their mothers? “Hidden behind the cute little puppy are thousands of female breeders living in atrocious conditions: tiny, cramped cages filled with excrement, no water or veterinary care,” Gabriel Villeneuve explains. Most of the time they finish their “active” life when their abused and exhausted bodies can no longer be made to reproduce. Everything, absolutely everything, in the infernal cycle of the unregulated dog trade is worthy of a horror story.

Let us note in passing that it was the minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food of Quebec (MAPAQ) who was responsible for the seizure of the dogs, the ministry being the only body with the right to effect such a search in the first place. In 2012, the Quebec government adopted new legislation which imposes norms on the charge and care of cats and dogs, “but, in practice, it changes almost nothing for the welfare of animals on a large scale,” argues Gabriel Villeneuve. “This new law remains one of the worst animal protection laws in all the industrialized countries of the world.” SPA Canada believes that the law should effectively ban puppy mills in Quebec, which it does not currently do. The organization will continue to work to change the laws, raise awareness and awaken people’s moral conscience.


About SPA Canada:

SPA Canada is a national nonprofit animal rights organization dedicated to creating awareness and educating people on respecting all animal species.


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