MINISTER LAURENT LESSARD WANTS TO STRENGTHEN MEASURES AIMED AT

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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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