Recent incident highlights need for updates to Animal Protection Act

January 11, 2019 (Calgary) – In light of a recent incident of animal cruelty in Lethbridge, Alberta Party Caucus leader and MLA for Calgary-South East Rick Fraser is once again calling on the government to update the Animal Protection Act.

 

Shocking video of a Lethbridge police officer repeatedly driving over a deer in distress highlights the need for stronger protections for animals and harsher punishment for those who commit acts of cruelty.

 

“What happened in Lethbridge, as well as the recent incident involving cruelty to a coyote, serve as powerful reminders that we can do more to protect the welfare of animals.”

 

“I am once again calling on the Minister of Agriculture to act. We have worked with his office to bring forward reasonable, common-sense changes to legislation, and his continued refusal to address this issue is outrageous.”

 

“I hope the Minister will heed my call, so we can take steps to ensure such an awful display of cruelty is never repeated.”

 

 

 

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Niall Condon

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