The Animal Protection Act
One of the important issues I am working on continues to be the betterment of the Alberta Animal Protection Act. We are failing miserably on this issue in Alberta. Following my questions (without answers) to the Minister of Agriculture, I am following up with a formal letter. How can you help?
1- Share this letter and message (below I’ve attached letter content, as well as a ,pdf).
2- Write your own letter to Mr. Carlier’s office and provide me with a copy at firstname.lastname@example.org
We will have a petition coming out in the new year as well, but it has to be original signatures and no e-version so we can table it in the house formally.
Any questions? Just let me know.
Time for some answers!
Minister Oneil Carlier
229 Legislature Building
10800 – 97th Avenue
Canada T5K 2B6
December 13th, 2018
Dear Minister Carlier,
I would like to follow up with my questions asked in Oral Question Period on November 21st, 2018. When will the Alberta Animal Protection Act be updated?
Over the last year I have met with key stakeholders in the animal industry, including those who enforce the Act. They provided me with valuable feedback about improvements that need to be made. In its current form, the Act does not allow them to do their jobs effectively in protecting animals. We reviewed the entire Act and provided your office and Ms. Follensbee with our suggestions. Basically, the work has been done, and there is no budgetary constraint associated with this update. We even received feedback that the changes were far and effective. So my question remains, why can this not be updated?
We have seen horrific acts against animals in Alberta, and across Canada. Alberta currently ranks tenth out of thirteenth in Canada, in the bottom tier of our Animal Protection Act strength and comprehension, and will soon drop down to eleventh. This is not acceptable to Albertans or to the animals we are supposed to protect.
Please commit to a timeline when the Act will be updated. It’s the right thing to do.