By Amanda Persico – YorkRegion.com

The Ontario SPCA is back in the spotlight today, with members of provincial parliament discussing the separation of investigative and charity functions.
Earlier this week, Carleton-Mississippi Mills MPP Jack MacLaren introduced Bill-47, which also calls for a separation between farm animal inspections and non-farm animal inspections.
Farm animal inspections would be carried out by the Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Ministry, while non-farm animals would be dealt with by the OSPCA.
Enforcing animal protection would fall to provincial and regional police forces, which has many animal advocates questioning animal protection under this proposed bill.
Police are not qualified nor should they have the responsibility to deal with animal protection, York Region resident and Reform Advocates for Animal Welfare founder Lynn Perrier said.

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