The BC government announced new regulations Sunday aimed at guaranteeing standards for quality of care and management for dog and cat breeding facilities.
Agriculture minister Norm Letnick was on hand at the Victoria branch of the BC SPCA to make the announcement. He says dog and cat breeders are now subject to new rules after government passed an order in council this week.
The rules endorse standards put forward by the Canadian Veterinary Medicine Association.
At the same time, Letnick says the government is launching consulations with breeders about possible licensing and registration requirements.
“It’s one more step in moving forward to make sure all of our companion animals are well treated in British Columbia, and we will continue to work with industry and with the public to make sure that over the months ahead we come up with the other pieces of the regulation that are necessary to see this piece of work completed,” said Letnick.
Letnick says a discussion paper for the proposed licensing regulations will go live on the ministry of agriculture website Monday.