The Animal Protection Act, 2018
The Government of Saskatchewan has updated animal welfare laws for the province.
The Animal Protection Act, 2018 protects animals from distress, stating an animal is in distress if it is:
(a) deprived of:
(i) food or water sufficient to maintain the animal in a state of good health;
(ii) care or shelter; or
(iii) veterinary care or medical attention;
(b) in need of reasonable protection from injurious heat or cold;
(c) wounded, ill, in pain, suffering, abused or neglected;
(d) kept in conditions that:
(i) are unsanitary;
(ii) will significantly impair the animal’s health or well-being over time;
(iii) cause the animal extreme anxiety or suffering; or
(iv) contravene the prescribed standards, codes of practice or guidelines;
(e) abandoned by its owner or by a person responsible for the animal in a manner that causes, or is likely to cause, distress resulting from any or all of the factors listed in this section.
The Animal Protection Act, 2018 excludes generally accepted management practices, which are listed in the The Animal Protection Regulations, 2018. (These regulations also include information about the powers and responsibilities of Animal Protection Officers in dealing with animals in distress.)
According to The Animal Protection Act, 2018:
4 (1) No person shall cause an animal to be in distress.
4 (2) No person responsible for an animal shall cause or permit the animal to be or to continue to be in distress.
4 (3) This section does not apply if the distress results from an activity carried on in accordance with the regulations or in accordance with reasonable and generally accepted practices of animal care, management, husbandry, hunting, fishing, trapping, pest control or slaughter
Penalties for violations of The Animal Protection Act, 2018 are punishable by fines and/or imprisonment.
The Animal Protection Act, 2018 is enforced by Animal Protection Officers who work for an animal protection agency. Members of a municipal police service or the Royal Canadian Mounted Police are also recognized under the Act as “animal protection officers.”
Criminal Code of Canada
Some animal cruelty offenses may be prosecuted under the Criminal Code. This federal law prohibits cruelty to animals that is willful or without lawful excuse. To review the full text of the Criminal Code, click here.
The Stray Animals Act (Saskatchewan)
An Act respecting the Restraining of Animals from Running at Large