Credits: IAN KUCERAK/EDMONTON SUN/QMI AGENCY
A new report from the Animal Legal Defense Fund names Quebec the "best province to be an animal abuser."
The San Francisco-based organization also said Nunavut, the Northwest Territories and Prince Edward Island should be ashamed of their animal abuse records.
"Despite some improvements to its animal protection law since last year's report, including a broadening of species coverage and the promulgation of new standards of care for dogs and cats, Quebec held its position as the province with the weakest animal protection legislation," the report says.
The report suggests a number of ways Quebec can improve, including legislation to prohibit animal fighting, imposing larger fines, mandatory seizure of mistreated animals and having veterinarians report any cases of suspected animal cruelty.
This is the fifth year the ALDF has reported on animal abuse legislation in Canada.
The top provinces for animal protection include Manitoba, B.C., Ontario and Nova Scotia, and the report notes Newfoundland and Labrador "showed significant improvement" over the past year.