After two big raids at breeding facilities in Surrey and Langley earlier this year that saw dozens of animals malnourished, diseased and near death, the government has announced steps to regulate the industry.
Agriculture Minister Norm Letnick says the province has passed an Order in council to adopt the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association’s codes of practice for kennels for commercial breeders as well.
As a result, consultations are underway with business owners to if a license should be required to operate.
But not everyone is on board.
Janice Brind, who breeds Bouviers as a hobby in Aldergrove, says licenses are not the answer to putting an end to animal abuse.
Brind says small boutiques like hers will get hit hard.
“The puppy mills will just go more underground, they are going to go off in the bushes. It’s us, the responsible breeders who are going to get nailed.”
Brind says her biggest concern is who will have control over issuing the licenses and under what grounds or requirements.
“Where the control is going to be from doing it, who has control?”
The consultations are in response to a number of breeding facilities who were caught inhumanely treating animals earlier this year.