In December 2016, more than a year after the Animal Welfare and Safety Act (Chapter B-3.1) came into effect, Pierre Paradis – then Quebec Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food – set up an independent committee to assess the effectiveness as well as the challenges observed in the implementation of the Law. Under the aegis of the International Research Group in Animal Law (GRIDA), Martine Lachance was entrusted with the chairmanship of the committee comprised of people actively working in the field. Although Pierre Paradis’s successor has chosen not to renew the mandate, Martine Lachance, assisted by her team, continues the analysis of the effectiveness of the Law. The team includes the following individuals, all appointed for their expertise in their respective fields of action:
With the goal of ensuring the public’s protection, the Minister of Public Security introduced bill no128 designed to promote the protection of persons by establishing a framework for the regulation of dogs in April 2017. Contrary to recommendations received from the working group he convened, Martin Coiteux is prepared to implement a province wide ban of pit bull type dogs and to give extensive powers to municipalities allowing them to supervise other potentially dog species in this regard. Reality has shown that the banishment of certain species does not address dog attack issue. For this reason, the International Research Group in Animal Law (GRIDA) prefers to endorse the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) position. The CVMA “supports a community approach to dog bite prevention, including responsible breeding, training, pet selection and pet ownership as well as education on animals in the community”. Because a discriminative approach alone cannot resolve the problem, the GRIDA, like other organizations, has asked Minister Coiteux to hold a parliamentary committee in order to study the bill.