Energy, Mines and Resources

Agriculture

Pounds Act amendments

The Government of Yukon is updating the Pounds Act to align with other legislation and to meet current livestock control program requirements. The amendments include:

  • a new definition of “animal;”
  • who can capture and contain animals and enforce the Pounds Act;
  • eliminating Yukon pounds districts and boundaries;
  • new methods for identifying impounded animals; and,
  • other small changes to clarify and modernize the Pounds Act.

Please note that the Pounds Act does not include the care of domestic animals such as cats and dogs.

The Act to Amend the Pounds Act (2017) is being considered during the 2017 Fall Sitting of the Yukon Legislative Assembly.


Public engagement


Public engagement on the amendments to the Pounds Act ended on August 11, 2017. Comments received were considered prior to amending the Act. Thank you to those who submitted comments. A summary report is available below.

Supporting documents:


Next steps:
If the amendments are passed and assented to, the amended Pounds Act will take effect immediately thereafter. Following the legislative process, the Government of Yukon will be developing guidelines on how it manages stray livestock in Yukon. These guidelines will be administrative and operational in nature.

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Elijah Smith Building,
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Phone: 867.667.5838
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Fax: 867.393.6222
Email: agriculture@gov.yk.ca