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Ontario is moving to toughen up rules on the treatment of animals


The Canadian Press
October 10, 2012 — Ontario is moving to toughen up rules on the treatment of animals held in zoos and aquariums following allegations of mistreatment at one of the province's amusement parks. Critics say Ontario needs to take immediate action.


"There is no place in Ontario for the mistreatment of animals," said Community Safety Minister Madeleine Meilleur
"There is no place in Ontario for the mistreatment of animals," said Community Safety Minister Madeleine Meilleur

The Ontario government says it plans to beef up regulations to protect animals kept in zoos and aquariums.

Community Safety Minister Madeleine Meilleur made the announcement in a statement Wednesday morning ahead of a noon news conference. She says the province will work with animal experts and other stakeholders to come up with standards for caring for captive animals. 
 
That entails strengthening the existing Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act as well as introducing new rules that apply to marine animals. 

Meilleur says regulators will also look at licensing the province's more than 60 zoos and aquariums.

"There is no place in our province for those who abuse animals," Meilleur said in the statement.

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