After a petition with nearly 22,000 signatures was submitted to the National Assembly of Quebec, the Minister of Agriculture, André Lamontagne, has indicated by letter that he is working to draft legislation that would ban cosmetic surgeries for companion animals. Examples of popular cosmetic surgeries include devocalization, tail docking, declawing, and ear cropping. The only exception will be for procedures deemed medically necessary by a veterinarian. The legislation will propose to amend the province’s Animal Welfare and Safety Act. The petition was started by a Montreal-based health technician named Alexandra Yaksich, who was motivated by seeing the declawing of cats and young kittens in her work at veterinary clinics. Read more here.