REGULATIONSThe pet care industry is composed of numerous products and services for pets and pet owners. If you are contemplating to start your own business, it is essential that you understand what is required from a legal perspective. Here are some relevant statutes to consider: Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act and theCompetition Act, administered by Industry Canada, deals with the labelling and advertising of pet foodEnhanced Animal Health Protection, Canada introduced Enhanced Animal Health Safeguards on July 12, 2007. As of that date, all livestock feed, pet food and fertilizers produced and sold in Canada are required to be free of specified risk material (SRM) - those cattle tissues that are capable of transmitting BSE. Animal Pedigree Act, the Act's principal purposes are breed improvement and protection of persons who raise and purchase animals. For these purposes, the Act provides for the establishment of animal pedigree associations that are authorized to register and identify animals that have significant value.TheConventiononInternationalTradeinEndangeredSpeciesofWildFaunaandFlora(CITES)setscontrolsonmovementofanimalandplantspeciesthatare,ormaybe,threatenedduetoexcessivecommercialexploitation.Veterinarians are governed by their respective regulators and provincial legislation. Certain businesses might require specific training or certification, such as: boarding veterinary care grooming pet insurance behaviour adviceSome additional resources you may wish to consider as you make your decision are:Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals: provides access to professional training and information about the SPCA Act.Canadian Federation of Humane Societies: stay up-to-date with information on animal related research and laws.College of Veterinarians of Ontario: regulates veterinarians in Ontario.Canadian Food Inspection Agency: regulates the importation of pet food and related productsHow to Prevent and Detect Disease in Backyard Flocks and Pet Birds
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