OSPCA’s Police Powers Ruled Unconstitutional

A judge has struck down the enforcement powers held by the province’s animal welfare agency because he says they are unconstitutional.

Justice Timothy Minnema says the provincial government was wrong to grant police powers to the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals without also imposing reasonable standards of transparency and accountability.

He has given the government a year to re-write the laws to remedy the situation.

The O-S-P-C-A has had police powers since the O-S-P-C-A Act became law in 1919, with the responsibility to enforce both provincial and Criminal Code animal cruelty laws.

(CP/ pic:OSPCA)

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