BILL NO. 26
2nd Session, 62nd General Assembly
63 Elizabeth II, 2014
Animal Protection Act
The Honourable Keith Colwell
Minister of Agriculture
First Reading: October 9, 2014
Second Reading: October 20, 2014
Third Reading: November 4, 2014 (LINK TO BILL AS PASSED)
(a) adds a definition of "non-farm animals" to the Act; and
(b) expands the concept of distress to include an animal abandoned, by its owner or by the person in charge of the animal, that is suffering from any of the factors listed in the Act.
Clause 2 clarifies that for inspection purposes a private dwelling is a "private dwelling place".
Clause 3 allows the Minister, with the approval of the Governor in Council, to make orders relating to non-farm animals
(a) dividing the Province into districts for enforcement;
(b) appointing individuals, organizations or municipalities other than the SPCA to carry out duties and functions in the districts or Province; and
(c) assigning duties and responsibilities to the individuals, organizations or municipalities.
Clause 4 specifies that a cat cannot be sold without a licensed veterinarian's certificate of health.
(a) allows a lawfully authorized person to attend with an inspector or peace officer on a premise search for an animal;
(b) protects those participating in the search from an action in trespass; and
(c) uses the more precise term "dwelling place" in describing the place to be searched to find an animal.
Clause 6 corrects punctuation.
Clause 7 repeals an unproclaimed provision.
Clause 8 provides that this Act comes into force on proclamation.
Be it enacted by the Governor and Assembly as follows:1 (1) Subsection 2(1) of Chapter 33 of the Acts of 2008, the Animal Protection Act, is amended by adding immediately after clause (g) the following clause:
(b) appointing, subject to their consent, one or more individuals, organizations or municipalities in place of the Society, to carry out any or all of the functions or duties of the Society pursuant to this Act, for a district or for the Province; and
5 (1) Subsection 23(4) of Chapter 33, as amended by Chapter 50 of the Acts of 2011 and Chapter 8 of the Acts of 2013, is further amended by
(2) Subsection 23(5) of Chapter 33, as amended by Chapter 50 of the Acts of 2011 and Chapter 8 of the Acts of 2013, is further amended by adding "place" immediately after "dwelling" in the second and in the third lines.
6 Subsection 26(4) of Chapter 33, as enacted by Chapter 50 of the Acts of 2011, is amended by adding a comma immediately after "Minister" in the second last and last lines.
7 Subsection 7(1) of Chapter 8 of the Acts of 2013, the Protection of Animal Welfare and Security Act, is repealed.
8 This Act comes into force on such day as the Governor in Council orders and declares by proclamation.
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