At a campaign stop in King City, Ontario, Conservative party leader Erin O’Toole promised to ban puppy mills, end abuse and violence against animals, and protect the humans who care for them.

“We also know that there is a link between cruelty to animals and violence towards people,” said O’Toole. “Canada’s Conservatives will add animal cruelty as an aggravating factor in domestic violence prosecutions to go after abusers who hurt their spouse by hurting their spouse’s pet. We will also support pet owners fleeing violence by working with shelters to ensure that there are better options for women to leave abusive homes without having to abandon their pets.”

Sharing details of the Conservative’s animal welfare plan, O’Toole said his government will ban puppy mills and stop imports of animals bred inhumanely as well as ban cosmetic testing on animals. The proposal also included working with the Council of Ministers of Education to promote animal welfare education as part of a child’s education on the environment and sustainability.

O’Toole said that if elected, his government will add animal cruelty as an aggravating factor in domestic violence prosecutions to go after abusers who hurt their spouse by hurting their pet. He will also support pet owners fleeing violence by working with the sector to ensure there are better options for women to leave abusive homes without having to abandon their pets.
He promised to invest $10 million a year to train judges and prosecutors on the links between violence against animals and violence against people.

“As someone who is proud to call our dog Wexford not only a loyal companion and best friend, but a part of our family, I will work diligently to secure the future for our furry friends,” O’Toole said.

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