A Proud Day for New BrunswickPosted by Stephan Otto, ALDF's Director of Legislative Affairs on June 18, 2009
Less than a month ago, MLA Jody Carr took to the floor of the New Brunswick Legislative Assembly and chastised the province for its weak animal protection laws. He cited ALDF’s Canadian Animal Protection Laws Rankings report specifically and its ranking of New Brunswick as one of the “best places to be an animal abuser” in Canada.
Today, in a rare example of cross-partisanship and cooperation, the New Brunswick Legislative Assembly unanimously approved the third (and final) reading of a bill Carr introduced following his speech. The new law raises the maximum penalty for certain forms of animal abuse to $100,000 and up to 18 months in jail. New Brunswick’s maximum fine will now be the highest for this offense in Canada.
We commend New Brunswick for adding real teeth to their laws protecting animals. Passage of this legislation sends notice that New Brunswick is serious about protecting animals and in ensuring that those who abuse them are appropriately punished. MLA Jody Carr deserves tremendous credit for championing this bill. We are also gratified to see the government and Opposition work together on behalf of animals through this legislation and hope to see continued collaboration on this important front.
MLA Jody Carr’s Floor Speech (5/21/09)