Traduction Press release MINISTER LAURENT LESSARD WANTS TO STRENGTHEN MEASURES AIMED AT PREVENTING PET CRUELTY Québec City, February 12, 2009 – Laurent Lessard, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Minister responsible for the Chaudière-Appalaches region and the Centre-du- Québec region, and MNA for Frontenac, has announced the creation of a working group to bolster existing measures concerning pet cruelty. The group will be mandated to examine the various problems pertaining to pet welfare, particularly for dogs, and to propose short- and medium-term solutions. More specifically, the working group will study a draft regulation that would make the registration of all places where dogs are housed, sold or bred mandatory in Québec. "People are increasingly concerned about pet cruelty. When we see footage that shows their mistreatment beyond the shadow of a doubt, like the images from puppy mills, it forces us to act," said Minister Lessard. The working group, chaired by Geoffrey Kelley, MNA for Jacques-Cartier, will consist of representatives from various agencies. It will see to establishing a common strategy and generating joint action among the parties in question, based on their respective missions, in order to improve the quality of life of our pets. "I am pleased to be chairing this working group. As someone who cares about animal health and as a pet owner, I can assure you that everything will be done to stop and prevent abuse and to better protect pets," MNA Kelley vowed.
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