PRESS RELEASE: Nova Scotia SPCA opposes the use of animals for any form of entertainment when they are at risk of Suffering

Posted on: Tuesday, March 6th, 2018

For Immediate Release – March 5, 2018 – In response to the public’s concern over the Professional Bull Riders Monster Energy Tour Event being held this spring in Halifax, the SPCA would like to reiterate the Society’s position statement on animals in entertainment.  The Nova Scotia SPCA opposes ‘training techniques, devices or agents employed to cause an animal to perform’ as this potentially puts animals in abusive, cruel and stressful situations.

While other organizations may wish to intervene, the Nova Scotia SPCA finds we can best protect the interests of the animals involved by working with organizations that put on such events by encouraging them to secure acts ensuring both people and animals are safe.

The Nova Scotia SPCA will respond to public complaints where reasonable and
probable grounds of an Animal Protection Act offense exists for companion animals. When appropriate, SPCA Enforcement Officers facilitate random monitoring of venues to ensure Nova Scotia’s Animal Protection Act (APA) is upheld. While the Nova Scotia SPCA is responsible for the enforcement of the APA within Nova Scotia, The Department of Environment is responsible to enforce legislation as it pertains to livestock.

The Nova Scotia SPCA operates on a policy of zero tolerance for animal cruelty and sets the standard of animal care for the province of Nova Scotia. The NS SPCA urges you to report acts of animal cruelty by contacting our confidential toll free hotline at: 1-888-703-7722

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