Advocacy Across the Country – July

The following is a summary of the ongoing advocacy work being done by the PIJAC Canada team.  Here is what is happening across Canada:

QUEBEC
The government of Quebec through the Ministry of (MAPAQ) is working towards adopting dog breeding methods that will improve animal welfare in a sustainable way with a focus on disease management.  Their goal is a better understanding of animal health and wellbeing. The department released a proposal in late May.   Since that time, PIJAC Canada members have come together to review the government’s proposed changes, identify areas of support and agreement with proposed change, as well as, provide recommendations and solutions for areas of great concern in relation to protocols for health and safety.

Together with PIJAC Canada the members have submitted to the MAPAQ a Brief with recommendations to assure the viability of regulated commercial breeding in Quebec and are looking forward to setting a meeting on this particular issue and other dossiers that impact the pet sector.

 

ONTARIO
Rabbit hemorrhagic disease (RHDV-2)
has recently appeared in Ontario. Our team has been in contact with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) to discuss the issue.  While RHDV-2 is new to Ontario, it has also appeared in Alberta and British Columbia previously. The number of cases may be tiny, however, this disease is highly contagious in wild and domestic rabbits.  It is critical that caregivers take stringent precautions including changing clothing and footwear if visiting locations with other domestic rabbits or hiking in natural areas.  A full list of precautions and additional information to prevent the spread of the disease among companion animals and commercial premises can be found on the OMAFRA website.  Please take a moment to review the link and use it to help educate staff and clients.

Ontario Post Election MPP Outreach
Earlier this month, a general election was held in Ontario, with the Progressive Conservative Party securing an overwhelming majority. Doug Ford will be returning to Queen’s Park with 83 seats and a newly announced cabinet of 30 Ministers. To welcome new MPPs and Cabinet Ministers, we have sent congratulatory letters to each MPP on behalf of PIJAC, through Impact Public Affairs, our public affairs team. The letters are a valuable way to introduce our organization and members and open the door for future conversations. We are developing a list of government stakeholders to engage with in Ontario for when they return to Queen’s Park in the fall, and will keep you updated on our advocacy efforts with the new Ontario government.

Toronto
On July 6 the Economic and Community Development Committee will be considering a report about the Animal Bylaw. The city’s Updates to Chapter 349, Animals report has been published.  The report proposes several changes to the Animal Bylaw, including introducing a new maximum of four for the number of rabbits and/or guinea pigs that may be owned, enhancing outdoor animal shelter standards, and updates on pet licensing, cosmetic medical procedures on animals and the feasibility of introducing business licensing for kennels and other pet establishments.

 

NATIONAL
CFIA Notice to industry: New measure prohibiting the entry of commercial dogs from countries at high-risk for dog rabies. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is implementing a new measure to protect Canadians and their pets, and to reduce the risk of introducing dog rabies (rabies caused by canine-variant viruses) into Canada. As of September 28, 2022, World Rabies Day, commercial dogs from countries at high-risk for dog rabies will no longer be permitted entry into Canada. Commercial dogs can include, but are not limited to dogs for resale, adoption, fostering, breeding, show or exhibition, research, and other purposes. Full details