Concern for animal welfare has become paramount with better social education and “shock” posting on social media. Along with these concerns, the current Animal Care Act has come under scrutiny of concerned citizens. Persons with pets view these four-legged friends more as family members than “property.”
In June of 2013, NO ANIMAL LEFT BEHIND was created. We stand behind the betterment of our laws and continually improving the lives of those without a voice within the Province of Manitoba. Our current goals are to change the wording within the current Animal Care Act to:
1. Change 2(1), (a) of the Animal Care Act from “shall ensure that the animal has an adequate source of food and water” to “shall ensure that the animal has an adequate source of FRESH food and FRESH water” as stagnant water and moldy food has been considered an adequate source.
2. Create transparency with regards to investigations and how they are conducted. To ensure that proper records are kept as to living conditions and body condition of the animals so that a secondary review may be conducted or a citizen may request records for an independent review. At present, citizens must wait to see if a news release is given into the status of a case.
3. Creating transparency with regards to the required background education and/or training of an Animal Protection Officer. Currently, these are not searchable on any public database.
4. Changing the current classification of Horses from commercial animals to companion animals. The majority of horses within the Province of Manitoba are kept as pets or working animals, with the exception of PMU (pregnant mare urine) farms where they are used for the collection of an animal by-product.
We will continue to work towards future changes to the Animal Care Act to ensure that the health and welfare of animals is met with more than just a minimum standard of care, as well as working with local partnerships to ensure that the goals are attainable.
NO ANIMAL LEFT BEHIND will continue to advocate for but not limit to: Mental Health Evaluations in cases of hoarding. Background education/training for Animal Protection Officers to include but not limit to: animal behaviorist, veterinarian/vet technician, criminology, social work, animal first aid, also making photo-documenting mandatory within any and all investigations.
Now is the time to act. By signing this petition, you are helping to support strengthen Animal Protection Laws within Manitoba, thereby making it a safer place for our pets to live. Animal Welfare laws have never been at the forefront as often as they have in the last 5 years. Help us by being that voice for the voiceless.
The People of Manitoba want their voices heard. We are committed to making this Province a better place for our pets!
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all of your support!
NO ANIMAL LEFT BEHIND