Legislation improves B.C. animal welfare

Re: SPCA officials criticize changes to Animal Cruelty Act, March 10.

To the Editor,

Re: SPCA officials criticize changes to Animal Cruelty Act, March 10.

Bill 24 provides an appeal process that will save animal lives and ensure fair treatment. It should be supported by everyone who cares about the welfare of animals.

Twenty-two animal groups from across B.C. appealed to the government in a prepared brief to amend the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.

The bill addresses many of the issues raised in the brief.

The top priorities of Bill 24 are to ensure the welfare of animals and to provide British Columbians with an appeal process that is transparent and fair.

It provides greater insight for the public into the enforcement activities of the B.C. SPCA, and greater oversight by the Ministry of Agriculture of the B.C. SPCA’s enforcement activities.

Laurie Rex

Nanaimo