Adopt SPCA minimum care standards for dogs in the Regional District of the North Okanagan.

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Currently in the North Okanagan Regional District too many dogs are living lives
chained up outdoors 24 hours a day 365 days a year. This practice is cruel and
inhumane.  37 years ago (in 1982) the SPCA released a Position Statement on this practice, their position is as follows:

https://spca.bc.ca/programs-services/leaders-in-our-field/position-statements/position-statement-on-tethering-of-dogs/

This statement is clear, this practice is harmful and detrimental to the health and
well-being of dogs. In this statement the SPCA recommends that all Municipalities
adopt this position into their own animal by-law regulations. To date none of the
Municipalities in the Regional District of the North Okanagan have adopted this policy into their by-laws. 

We would like the Regional District of the North Okanagan to adopt the SPCA's guidelines, implementing them into their animal control by-law regulations within the 2019 calendar year.

In study after study long-term tethering has been proven inhumane causing a range of problems from health issues to behavioural issues such as aggression. Dogs are sentient beings that require daily human contact and connection.  Living a life chained to anything is cruel and inhumane.

Please help dogs in the Regional District of the North Okanagan by signing this petition asking them to please change their current animal by-laws to include and reflect the SPCA's 37 year old position statement on tethering.

 

'The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its
animals are treated.' Mahatma Gandi

 



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