The St-Tite Western Festival defends itself in the Court of Appeal

The St-Tite Western Festival defends itself in the Court of Appeal
The St-Tite Western Festival defends itself in the Court of Appeal

The Animal Law organization Quebec returned to the charge against the Festival Western de St-Tite on Wednesday before the Quebec Court of Appeal.

The issues of animal welfare and abuse are still at the heart of the prosecution.

Remember that a report written by a working group mandated by MAPAQ recommended, in April 2023, to remove the calf roping test.

Since then, other studies have been underway at the request of Minister André Lamontagne.

The lawyer representing the festival believes that targeting the St-Tite Western Festival is not the right solution. In his opinion, the organization should instead turn to the government to legislate

“Our action seeks a total ban or permanent injunction regarding activities that affect baby cows or adolescent cows. MAPAQ does not have this power,” explained the lawyer, president and founder of Droit animalier Québec, Me Nicolas Morello.

The management of the event did not want to comment on the situation, but nevertheless affirms that: “The organization of the Festival Western de St-Tite is confident that the Court of Appeal of Quebec will confirm the decision of the honorable judge Marc Paradis of the Superior Court of Quebec who rejected on April 21, 2023, the suit of the DAQ (Quebec Animal Law)”.

The cause was taken under advisement, four months before the traditional event.

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