Planned N.B. animal rules exempt livestock

Proposals for new regulations governing animal establishments, to take aim at puppy mills and other “abusive” situations in New Brunswick, include specific exemptions for livestock.

Local Government Minister Chris Collins on Saturday announced plans to adopt a new regulation under the province’s Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, laying out “specific standards for pet establishments” such as pet stores, animal shelters and kennels.

The new rules for such establishments will also “enable their licensing and inspection,” the province said.

Changes will apply to both commercial and non-commercial establishments in municipalities and rural areas.

Operations such as kennels and pet stores would be considered “commercial” while “non-commercial” operations include animal shelters, the province said.

Also, the province said, owners of more than five dogs over six months of age, will be required to “adhere to nationally established standards of care” for those animals.

“The comprehensive standards proposed under this new regulation will make New Brunswick one of the few provinces to oversee pet establishments to such a high degree,” Collins said.

Establishments selling animals considered “livestock” will be exempt from pet licensing requirements, the province said.

So will boarding and riding stables for horses, grooming facilities, training operations, research and educational facilities and veterinary clinics boarding animals for medical reasons, the province added.

Licenses also won’t be required for circuses or zoos, the province said.

Joy Bacon, president of the New Brunswick SPCA, said in the province’s release that the planned regulatory changes “will give the society a broader mandate, permit us to have better oversight of pet stores and kennels, and enable us to prosecute those who willfully neglect their animals.”

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