Ontario to introduce legislation in an effort to stamp out puppy mills

Solicitor General Michael Kerzner says Ontario will become the first province to introduce minimum penalties for those caught operating puppy mills.

Published Dec 4, 2023 at 6:10pm

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Ontario to introduce legislation in an effort to stamp out puppy mills
Ontario is set to introduce new legislation today in an effort to stop puppy mills as the first in a suite of measures it hopes to implement in the coming months. Ontario Solicitor General Michael Kerzner during a tour of the Toronto Holocaust Museum on Friday, June 9, 2023. (Tijana Martin/The Canadian Press)

An animal advocacy group is calling new legislation from the Ford government aimed at stamping out puppy mills underwhelming, pointing to the lack of licensing requirements for dog breeders.

Animal Justice executive director Camille Labchuk said while the bill — dubbed the Preventing Unethical Puppy Sales Act or PUPS Act — would prohibit some cruel practices, it's silent on requirements for adequate housing, food, exercise, socialization, and medical care, as well as screening for genetic problems that can have serious health and welfare impacts on puppies.

"The PUPS Act will continue to let cruel puppy mill operators confine mother dogs and their puppies in tiny, wire-floor cages without adequate exercise and social opportunities," she said in a statement.

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