Friday, July 9, 2010

Watchdog needed for OSPCA, groups says

Around 1,000 people are expected to rally outside Queen’s Park Saturday calling for oversight of the OSPCA.
The Reform Ontario Animal Rights (ROAR) rally comes a few months after the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals euthanized more than 100 animals at its Newmarket shelter due to a ringworm outbreak.
Rally organizer Gord Macey told the Sun the ringworm outbreak and the society’s response makes the case for its need to be under the eye of a watchdog.
“We need to ensure something like this doesn’t happen again,” Macey said. “Unfortunately, they are only accountable to themselves.”
Progressive Conservative MPP Frank Klees will be attending the rally, Macey said.
Klees has been a staunch critic of the OSPCA and has called for the society to be more accountable.
NDP MPP Cheri DiNovo will also be speaking at the rally.
Macey is one of the coordinators of a Facebook group with almost 40,000 members called “Stop the slaughter of over 350 animals at the Newmarket OSPCA!”
The group was started when the OSPCA originally announced they were planning to euthanize 350 animals within the shelter due to ringworm. The society has since said they “miscommunicated” that number.
“They didn’t really communicate anything until the public outcry,” Macey said.
The two-hour rally starts at 11 a.m. Saturday.

**Taken from the Toronto Sun.