After the disgusting and unecessary death of 100 sled dogs at a Canadian tourist spot in 2010, the British Columbian government has adopted 10 recommendations from a task force to toughen laws against animal cruelty.
Premier Christy Clark says the government regulations will include increased fines to up to $75,000, 24 months in jail for the worst cases and a mandatory “standard of care” for the sled dog industry, requiring annual inspections.
Although not a regulation, the B.C. government is also encouraging the industry to set up an association to certify sled dog operators to prevent another tragedy.
Presumably to help enforce these regulations as well as help other abused animals, the province is also providing the B.C. SPCA with a $100,000 grant!
While these new regulations only affect British Columbia, the province plans on asking the federal government to adopt tougher animal cruelty laws across the country too!
At least awareness has risen as a result of last years tragic slaughter, hopefully preventing any future incidents.
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