On August 10, 2022, the Quebec government enacted a Regulation that will ban non-essential cosmetic procedures on companion animals. The Regulation Respecting the Welfare and Safety of Domestic Animals and Equines will spare cats and dogs from inherently cruel mutilations, including cat declawing, tail docking, ear cropping, and debarking effective February 10, 2024.
The Regulation also includes other protections for domestic companion animals, which includes cats, dogs, rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs and companion pigs.
Among other things, it sets out new requirements for the type of shelter that can be used to house companion animals and for the cleanliness of shelters, with mandated frequent disinfecting and cleaning. Enrichment requirements are also now explicitly set out for cats, dogs, rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs and companion pigs, as well as rules for their custody and care. Notably, euthanasia by inhalation is also banned under the new Regulation.Read more about Quebec Animal Welfare Regulation Bans Cat Declawing, Dog Tail Docking & Other Cosmetic Mutilations