Yukon’s Animal Protection and Control Act Receives Assent

The Yukon’s Animal Protection and Control Act has received assent in the territorial legislature. The act allows for permits and inspections of animal-related businesses, expands enforcement resources relating to “high-risk” and feral animals, and empowers local officers to improve standards of regulation. The Yukon government claims “[i]t will provide a comprehensive, enforceable legal framework for managing all aspects of animal protection and control in the Yukon and establishes higher standards of care than what previously existed.” The act is slated to come into effect in 2023 once regulations are developed.