Quebec Animal Welfare Regulation Bans Cat Declawing, Dog Tail Docking & Other Cosmetic Mutilations

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

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Quebec Will Ban All Pet Cosmetic Mutilations

The Quebec government plans to ban all non-essential cosmetic procedures on companion animals by this summer, including cat declawing, tail docking, ear cropping, and debarking. The province is currently drafting this exciting legislation, which will make Quebec the first province in Canada to ban all cosmetic surgeries on pets—unless they’re deemed medically necessary. This decision... Read more » Animal Justice
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Nova Scotia Makes History by Banning Cat Declawing and Other Mutilations

The province of Nova Scotia passed strong new animal protection legislation this week, becoming the first province in the country to make cat declawing illegal. The new laws also put an end to tail docking, ear cropping, devocalizing dogs, and other cruel and unnecessary cosmetic surgeries on companion animals.

Nova Scotia’s veterinary association amended its code of ethics to prevent vets from declawing cats. The new provincial law passed this week is an even stronger measure, as it makes cat declawing illegal across the province for both animal guardians and veterinarians. Those who declaw cats or otherwise mutilate animals for cosmetic reasons could face up to six months in jail and a $25,000 fine for a first offence.

The new legislation also gives provincial animal welfare inspectors enhanced powers to inspect facilities where animals are being used, and powers to demand that a person produce an animal so inspectors can ensure the animal’s well-…

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