Review of the Animal Health and Protection Act

Overview

The humane treatment of animals is the Provincial Government’s top priority when enacting animal health and protection legislation in Newfoundland and Labrador. Strong federal and provincial legislation helps ensure the safety and well-being of all animals.

The Animal Health and Protection Act  was enacted into legislation in 2012 and reviewed with public consultation in 2017. The Provincial Government is committed to working with the public and stakeholders to review the Act to ensure it continues to reflect the highest possible standards for animal health and protection.

Anyone with an interest in the Animal Health and Protection Act is invited to participate in the review of the Act by completing an online questionnaire or providing a written submission (see below).

Get Involved

To make an informed decision, the Department of Fisheries, Forestry and Agriculture is seeking your views on the Animal Health and Protection Act and Regulations. The input from this questionnaire is an essential element in ensuring the Act continues to reflect the highest possible standards for animal health and protection.

Please click here for an overview of the Animal Health and Protection Act review

Thank you in advance for your participation.

Online Questionnaire:

This questionnaire will be available until May 29, 2022. It should take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete this questionnaire.
Please note you must log in or register with engageNL to participate.
Please click here to complete the questionnaire

Written Submissions:

Participants providing written submissions are requested to identify:

  • The positive aspects and their concerns about the current legislation Animal Health and Protection Act;
  • Recommendations for improvement to the current legislation; and
  • Goals and expected outcomes of proposed changes, including the resources required to implement such changes.

The deadline for written submissions is May 29, 2022.

Written submissions will be accepted via:

Mail:

Animal Health Division
Attn: Animal Welfare Consultant
Provincial Agriculture Building
308 Brookfield Road
P.O. Box 7400
St. John’s, NL
A1E 3Y5

Email:  AHPAReview@gov.nl.ca

If you have a written submission for consideration, please click below to upload your document. 

Click here to upload a written submission

Virtual Sessions:

The Department of Fisheries, Forestry and Agriculture’s Animal Health Division will conduct virtual stakeholder sessions in May 2022. Stakeholder groups will be contacted directly and representatives will be invited to make presentations.

Presenters will be asked to identify:

  • The positive aspects and their concerns about the current legislation Animal Health and Protection Act;
  • Recommendations for improvement to the current legislation and
  • Goals and expected outcomes of proposed changes, including the resources required to implement such changes.

How will your input be used?

The Department of Fisheries, Forestry and Agriculture will review all information submitted and presented. All feedback will be considered in a review of the current Animal Health Protection Act. Information gathered will be summarized in a ‘What We Heard” document, to be published on the engageNL website when the consultation has concluded.

Privacy Statement

Please do not include your name or any information that could identify you. The collection of information is done under the authority of section 61(c) of the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act, 2015, for the purpose of collecting public feedback for the Review of the Animal Health and Protection Act.

Any personal information that may be received will be governed in accordance with the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act, 2015 and will only be used for the purpose of informing participants of public engagement results at the end of the process.

If you have any questions about how this information will be collected, used and disclosed, please contact Fisheries, Forestry and Agriculture ATIPP office at ATIPPFFA@gov.nl.ca.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or additional comments regarding the review of the Animal Health and Protection Act, please email AHPAReview@gov.nl.ca.