World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Article Id: WHEBN0025259855
Reproduction Date:

Title: Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Animal welfare, Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, No-kill shelter
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
File:"Ontario SPCA Logo, 2013.jpg".jpg
Abbreviation OSPCA
Formation 1873
Type Animal welfare organization
Legal status active
Purpose/focus advocate and public voice, educator and network
Headquarters Newmarket, Ontario
Region served Ontario Canada
Official languages English
Website OSPCA

Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is the organizations whose operations include protecting and providing shelter to animals in danger in the province of Ontario. OSPCA is a member of the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies.

Ontario SPCA provides services such as high-volume spay/neuter services to Ontario and opening the Provincial Education and Animal Centre. [1]

The animal welfare organization, the Ontario SPCA follows an Open Admission For Life philosophy.[2]


OSPCA was founded in 1873 to protect the welfare of animals and children. The secondary role was later given to the Children's Aid Society of Ontario.[3] Its mission includes preventing animal cruely and supporting animal welfare.[4]


Ontario SPCA investigators may enforce any law pertaining to the prevention of cruelty to, and the welfare of, animals. This includes legislation pertaining to animals within the Criminal Code of Canada, the principal tool used by investigators to bring cases of extreme cruelty and neglect to court; the Ontario SPCA Act, the provincial legislation that gives Ontario SPCA investigators their policing powers to act on reported instances of animal cruelty.

Federal Legislation

Criminal Code of Canada- Cruelty to Animals In the Criminal Code of Canada, under Cruelty to Animals, Section 445.1(1) states 445.1(1) Every one commits an offence who:

a. wilfully causes or, being the owner, wilfully permits to be caused unnecessary pain, suffering or injury to an animal or bird;

b. in any manner encourages, aids or assists at the fighting or baiting of animals or birds;

c. wilfully, without reasonable excuse, administers a poisonous or an injurious drug or substance to a domestic animal or bird or an animal or a bird wild by nature that is kept in captivity or, being the owner of such an animal or a bird, wilfully permits a poisonous or an injurious drug or substance to be administered to it;

d. promotes, arranges, conducts, assists in, receives money for or takes part in any meeting, competition, exhibition, pastime, practice, display or event at or in the course of which captive birds are liberated by hand, trap, contrivance or any other means for the purpose of being shot when they are liberated; or

e. being the owner, occupier or person in charge of any premises, permits the premises or any part thereof to be used for a purpose mentioned in paragraph (d).[5][6][7]

Provincial Legislation

In the province of Ontario, the Ontario SPCA Act mandates the Society to enforce animal cruelty laws and provides Society Branch and Affiliate investigators with police powers to do so. [8][9]


External links

This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Hawaii eBook Library are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.