The Parti Québécois (PQ) is advocating for the creation of an independent agency to combat animal cruelty, arguing that the Agriculture Ministry cannot be responsible for both food production and animal welfare. The proposed agency would report to the Justice Ministry and have the power to investigate and follow up on cases of animal cruelty. Currently, the Agriculture Ministry conducts inspections in response to complaints and violators can face fines and jail time. The PQ argues that it is unacceptable for non-profit organizations with limited resources to be responsible for overseeing animal welfare in the province.