The Government of Nova Scotia has introduced changes to the Animal Protection Act, in an effort to strengthen rules to protect animals.
Cosmetic surgery that alters an animal's appearance will not be allowed unless it’s considered medically necessary and carried out by a veterinarian. This includes procedures such as tail docking, ear cropping and declawing.
"We support Nova Scotia for taking a leadership role in animal welfare,” said Dr. Frank Richardson, registrar of the Nova Scotia Veterinary Medical Association. “Banning cosmetic surgery for non-medical reasons aligns with our code of ethics."
Animal fighting will be prohibited and enforceable, the language around animal cruelty and welfare with be updated, and the Animal Welfare Appeal Board process will include public hearings.
Jo-Anne Landsburg, chief provincial inspector with the Nova Scotia SPCA, said the amendments will reduce the challenges faced by the organization when coming to the aid of animals.