To The Haldimand Press
HALDIMAND—The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals announced March 4, 2019 that they would no longer be enforcing animal welfare laws as of April 1.
“This is a sad day for Ontario and our animals,” says Mike Zimmerman of Animal Welfare Watch – Ontario (AWWO). “The OSPCA had more than 90 years of good service to the province but the last 10 years have been a struggle. Clearly, the senior management team at the OSPCA has not had animal protection as a priority for some time.”
“At least this should get the government to act,” says AWWO’s Brenda Thompson, owner of Whispering Hearts Horse Rescue in Hagersville. “We’ve been telling them for some time that the OSPCA had lost its way. The court decision that said OSPCA’s enforcement authority is unconstitutional should have been a wake-up call, but the government decided to waste more time and money by appealing that decision.”