Animal Welfare in BC Communities

Year
2011
Category
Finance
NCLGA Ref#
B8
UBCM Ref#
B145

Status

Endorsed by the NCLGA and UBCM Memberships

Details

WHEREAS there is an immediate concern regarding abused, abandoned, and neglected animals, as well as public health and safety, in rural British Columbia communities;

AND WHEREAS the British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BC SPCA) is responsible, under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, for taking custody of abandoned animals and taking any action necessary to relieve distressed or critically distressed animals;

AND WHEREAS the BC SPCA has the authority to establish and operate public shelters for stray and seized animals;

AND WHEREAS the BC SPCA has the authority under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act to appoint an officer, employee, or any other person who has been appointed as a special provincial constable under the Police Act as an authorized agent under the Act;

AND WHEREAS there is a lack of SPCA branches in rural BC communities resulting in public health and safety issues and a lack of animal welfare enforcement:

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the NCLGA and UBCM lobby the Province for funding to support the BC Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BC SPCA) for the purpose of establishing additional public shelters or appointing authorized agents for all communities to ensure public health, safety, and welfare of animals.

Background Information

UBCM Comments:

The UBCM membership has not previously considered a resolution requesting the Province to provide funding to support the BC Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BCSPCA) for the purpose of establishing additional public shelters or appointing authorized agents for all rural communities to ensure public health, safety and welfare of animals.