A cat peers out of its cage inside the Toronto Humane Society building on Nov. 27, 2009. (Photo: Chris Young/CP)The report says that while more than 40 per cent of humane societies and SPCAs are empowered to enforce provincial and federal animal protection and cruelty legislation, less than half their costs are covered by governments.
"We see clearly that financial support from provincial and federal levels of government is inadequate.""We see clearly that financial support from provincial and federal levels of government is inadequate," the report said. As a result, agencies have to devote significant resources to fundraising, diverting money from the primary goal of sheltering and protecting animals and working on public education. "The result is that the responsibility of protecting animals in Canadian society is falling mainly to individual donors and the charities they support." In 2014, the agencies spent an estimated $10.8 million on animal protection or cruelty enforcement, but recouped only $4.5 million in government funding. The societies said animal welfare, protection and enforcement tie into a variety of public safety issues and should be a shared responsibility, especially since there are clear links between animal abuse and other forms of violence. "The creation of a humane Canada depends upon a strong animal protection sector, a committed public and an engaged government," the report concludes.
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