An annual Minister’s Forum on Companion Animal Protection will be launched this fall, bringing together animal welfare advocates and enforcement officials.
“This will be an opportunity for dialogue on animal protection issues such as standards of care, enforcement and training,” said Agriculture Minister Keith Colwell.
The by-invitation-only forum, to be held in Halifax, will bring together key stakeholders.
The department is reviewing and assessing the 317 responses received from the public and stakeholder groups concerning the draft standards of care for domestic animals. The feedback will be assessed and taken into consideration as the final version of the standards of care is completed, which is expected for the fall.
“I know animal protection is as important to Nova Scotians as it is to me,” said Mr. Colwell. “I am looking forward to meeting with this group to discuss animal protection to ensure we have the proper regulations in place so that companion animals are properly cared for and protected.”
More information on the Animal Protection Act and standards of care can be found at http://novascotia.ca/agri/animal-protection-act/ .