Ontario Passes Bill to Allow New Penned Hunting Areas

Introduced by MPP Parm Gill, Bill 91, the Less Red Tape, Stronger Economy Act, 2023, has received royal assent. The bill includes controversial amendments to section 35 of the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, 1997, which permit the issuance and transfer of licenses for new dog train and trial areas where wildlife are kept captive for training dogs in hunting skills and conducting hunting dog competitions. Barry MacKay, Director or Animal Alliance of Canada, said: “Dogs chasing, harassing and cornering coyotes is certainly defined as dog fighting, an act that most Ontarians would not believe would ever be sanctioned by any modern government and be so out of sync with the moral values of the majority of its citizens.”