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Press release: Yet another city to abandon the Berger Blanc! The replacement is not a viable solution!
Montreal, March 7th 2014 – The Society for the Protection of Animals (SPA) Canada is happy to announce that yet another city is cutting their ties with Berger Blanc, the for-profit pound that was subject to an undercover investigation by one of their agents in April 2011. The contract between the city of Laval and the Berger Blanc ended at midnight today. While this is a victory for their campaign against Berger Blanc, the SPA Canada remains unsatisfied with the city of Laval’s decision.
“It is outrageous to believe that replacing one for-profit contractor for another will solve the problem,” laments Director of Campaigns Gabriel Villeneuve. “The problem remains that animal control services are subcontracted to external entities instead of being under the city’s responsibility”. The SPA Canada maintains that it is only when animal control will be treated as the public service that it is, that there will be room for progress in regards to animal protection. An investment in long-term solutions should be the focus of the city when it comes to their animal control services, such as trap-neuter-release programs and the implementation of low-cost sterilization clinics, not the cheapest contract available.
The SPA Canada hopes that this new contract, meant to be for two years, is only a temporary solution with the eventual transfer of the responsibility to the city itself being the end goal. The city of Laval had in fact announced their plan to open a municipal animal control center in 2012; however the construction of such a center has yet to begin. While Laval’s plans and goals remain hopeful, the SPA Canada confirms that pressure on the city to fulfill their promises will persist.
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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