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Election Candidates Weigh In On Urban Chickens, Animal Welfare Issues

Thursday October 23rd, 2014, 2:00pm

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While there are many considerations when deciding which municipal candidate to support, the Windsor-Essex County Humane Society also wants you to look at the candidates’ positions on animal issues.

They say that municipalities have impacts on many aspects of animal lives, from regulations and licensing, to protection bylaws to animal control, and spay/neuter programs.

The Windsor/Essex County Humane Society surveyed municipal council and mayoral candidates in Windsor and Essex County. Some of the concepts were widely accepted, while others resulted in a wide difference of opinion.

All candidates who responded felt that animal welfare should be of concern to municipal councils, and a strong majority supported spay/neuter vouchers for community cats (85%) and by-laws limiting the time dogs can be tethered (81%). Not surprisingly, the issue of breed specific legislation and urban chickens engendered a much wider range of opinions.

Full results are available at this link here.

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