REGULATIONS The 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   the    Competition   Act ,   administered   by   Industry   Canada,   deals   with   the   labelling   and advertising of pet food Enhanced   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. The    Convention    on    International    Trade    in    Endangered    Species    of    Wild    Fauna    and    Flora    (CITES)    sets    controls    on    movement    of   animal   and   plant   species   that   are,   or   may   be,   threatened   due   to   excessive   commercial   exploitation. 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 advice Some 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 products How to Prevent and Detect Disease in Backyard Flocks and Pet Birds  

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