Target: Kathleen Wynn, Premier of Ontario
Goal: Thank the Government in Ontario, Canada for funding animal protection
The Government in Ontario Canada has decided for the first time in its history to provide funding to help protect animals from abuse, neglect, and to keep dogs out of puppy mills. Traditionally these protections and services have been paid for almost entirely by private donations. The new measure is considered to be the strongest animal cruelty legislation in Canada and deserves our praise.
The legislation stipulates that the Ontario government will provide 5.5 million dollars per year toward services and enforcement that will aid in the protection of animals. With the additional funding, the government plans to create a dispatch service in which law enforcement officers can quickly respond to reports of animal cruelty, make sure there are enough Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) sites to care for animals in need, assemble a team to investigate puppy and kitten mills, and provide specialized training for officers in agricultural departments to investigate reports of abused livestock.
Some of the money that is left over each year will also help support the OSPCA and other animal welfare organizations. “We don’t know how much and we know with certainty it won’t be enough to cover all our costs of doing investigations, but certainly it will help,” said Melanie Coulter, executive director of the Windsor-Essex humane society.
Perhaps most importantly, the additional funding will help fill in the gaps that exist across the province. As of now there are some municipalities that have no enforcement or investigative capabilities at all, leaving animals without protection. The government’s involvement will hopefully fix these issues and make animal cruelty a unified concern and not simply leave it up to local governments.
Please take a moment to sign the petition below and thank the government of Ontario, Canada for taking the necessary steps to protect its animals.
Dear Premier Wynn,
The Government of Ontario recently approved legislation that will provide 5.5 million dollars in funding toward protection for animals, including investigations into animal cruelty, a dispatch service and additional funding for the OSPCA. The majority of funding for such services throughout the country has largely come from private donations, making this the strongest animal cruelty legislation in Canada.
The additional funding will dramatically improve both the investigation of animal cruelty and the enforcement of laws and penalties. Thank you for doing what is necessary to protect animals in your province and for serving as an example for the rest of Canada. I hope that other provinces will take notice and follow in your footsteps.
[Your Name Here]
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