Target: Beaconsfield Counselor Karen Messier
Goal: Applaud Beaconsfield, Quebec for its groundbreaking new animal welfare laws.
The mistreatment and sale of animals have been prohibited by two progressive bylaws passed by a city in Quebec, marking a groundbreaking step for animal welfare that should be a model for the rest of Canada and abroad. The new laws have banned puppy and kitten mills, circuses that use animals for entertainment, and the sale of animals at pet stores. They have also made it illegal to keep a dog tied up for over three hours or to leave an animal in a vehicle for more than fifteen minutes. The new animal welfare laws will be strictly enforced, and violators will be fined up to $7,500 for a third offense.
Violent training methods are almost always used on animals in circuses, and the ban on circuses with entertainment animals will forbid this kind of abuse within the city limits. Similarly, puppy and kitten mills are known for mistreating their animals, which are kept locked up in wire cages and continuously impregnated.
Finally, the ban on the sale of animals will extend beyond cats and dogs to include rabbits, guinea pigs, and exotic pets, and will make a huge difference in preventing an overpopulation of homeless animals. It is encouraging to see a city take such a strong stance against the mistreatment of animals and work toward their rights as sentient beings.
Beaconsfield councilor Karen Messier is an animal advocate who had been working toward getting these laws passed for the past two years. Now she has finally realized her goal of setting Beaconsfield apart as an example and sending the message that “municipalities do have the power to make changes that will protect the welfare of animals.” Sign the petition below to praise her efforts to fight for animal rights and applaud her success in passing these groundbreaking laws.
Dear Counselor Messier,
Thanks to your efforts to advocate for animal rights, Beaconsfield has passed new groundbreaking bylaws that will prevent animal cruelty. By banning circuses that use animals for entertainment, puppy and kitten mills, and the sale of animals at pet stores, Beaconsfield has set itself apart as an example of the strong stance that every city in the world should be taking to protect animals from mistreatment.
Animals in circuses are often trained using violent methods, and the puppies and kittens in mills are continuously impregnated while being kept in tiny cages. The new laws will not only prohibit these organizations, but will enforce important regulations for pet owners as well. It is cruel and inhumane to keep a dog tied up for a long amount of time or to leave an animal in a vehicle, and it is highly encouraging to see your city taking efforts to stop these unethical actions.
We, the undersigned, applaud your success in passing these animal welfare laws and urge you to continue working for animal rights and setting a positive example for the rest of the world.
[Your Name Here]
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