Regarding the protection of animals in Québec, are inspectors the solution ? Or are they part of the problem ?
First, there is NO protection for farm animals in this province in the laws or by-laws. No need to try with the Ministry of Agriculture they will simply not answer.
As for company animals, a lot of régulations have been written lately by bureaucrats in their ivory tower that have nothing to do with the reality of the situation. Dog fights and puppy mills still thrive while rescue shelters are harassed on détails like hair on the furniture.
Inspectors being what they are, they enjoy power, manipulate reports and photoshop the pictures taken in shelters. Rescues work very hard to do the work of saving, helping and finding a home for strays, mostly cats, yet they are the main target of the MAPAQ ; so much so that those that work in clandestinity intend to continue to be low profile in order to save the strays that otherwise would be killed and eliminate the stress of the visits of those inspectors.
For the others, like I mentioned before it is who you know. For Operation Felix, the shelter has been harassed since it moved in its new quarters two years ago because of a busybody at cityhall who is well connected with the MAPAQ and wants to control what is going on in this city. She does not know the first thing about strays, yet she acts as consultant for the city. What an abherration. Meanwhile the cats pay for the bad décisions and sometimes with their life.
This situation exists all over Québec. The so-called inspectors are very well paid government employees, they have carte blanche to visit homes (yes, private homes) and shelters. They do not understand that small rescues do not have the same means as municipal facilities that kill strays as they come in, private companies that act as animal pound that are very well paid by the cities and do not face the same constraints regarding zoning by-law.
On top of all the expenses for operating a small shelter, a rescue group must obey the zoning conditions, even though there are no shelter permit available yet. We use an occupation permit like any other store but we must be in an industrial zone which means higher rent, a lot of noise and trafic and less access by bus for the volunteers. Agricultural zoning is not an option. Even sanctuaries are not permitted since they do not produce meat.
Poor animals, poor pets. That is Québec.
Yet, people still continue to abandon their pets for various reasons which pets are killed by the thousands. The veterinarians who want make a difference also have constraints when they help rescues. No education campaign has been put up in the past 40 years. So that makes three générations of habitants who think that adopting a kitten is cool and that they can dispose of it when it does not fit anymore with their lifestyle. Either they put it in the alley in October and the kitten do not survive winter or they bring it to the animal pound like suggested by municipal employees where they are gased.
Suggestions anyone ?