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This picture is of just one of the many Northern dog victims.  His is not related to the current case, however, he is a perfect example of total human disregard.    Both his eyes were severely infected and unfortunately the   dog did die due to severe starvation.

“Cruelty or fact of life?”

Once again, I am providing an article as published in Northern News. By the very content of the article evidence is clear as to the overall existing attitude of far too many owners towards dogs in the North. Excuses seem to be too readily found for the neglect, disregard and suffering these animals must endure. While reading the article below, please keep in mind that in Tuktoyaktuk, a veterinarian is available. Keep in mind also that SPCA Officials requested that the surviving dogs be turned over to them and were  denied their request, even while Cruelty Reports were filed with the proper authorities and two witnesses were willing to come forward, RCMP still have not laid charges in this case.

The current status on the three surviving dogs remains unknown.

“CRUELTY OR FACT OF LIFE?” Northern News

“There is an ongoing debate over the death of three dogs in Tuktoyaktuk. Animal rights groups and some residents are calling for criminal chages for animal cruelty against the dogs’ owners for allowing the animals to die of illness. They also claim that the sled dogs were in poor nutritional health. However, the dogs’ caregivers claim Northern realities are what killed the dogs. They say the dogs were working dogs and subject to harsher conditions than pets would be and that veterinary access in the North is limited and expensive. An RCMP investigation found that there was no grounds for cruelty charges. Should charges have been laid in the deaths of these animals?”

You be the judge!!!

To say the animals died of illness..they “were in poor nutritional health” is an unacceptable excuse.

Would you not get sick and die if you did not receive proper regular meals and water?

Would you not get sick and die if your were left outside without proper shelter to suffer hyporthermia in -60 celcius temperatures?

Combine starvation, hypothermia and dehydration and of course you and any living creature would die.

Total disregard, laziness and human attitude killed the three dogs and  was also killing the three surviving sled dogs.

To say that “the dogs were working dogs and subject to harsher conditions” is an unacceptable excuse too often used.

There are many types of working dogs, do they suffer the same fate as the three dogs found starved to death, their bodies frozen to the ground? Common sense and decency says naught. Dogs perform many jobs in their relationship with humans. Some dogs are trained in law enforcement,rescue work, military work, herding, companions of the disabled and those that provide much needed therapy for the elderly and for children.

These animals are heralded as heroes, they have a recognized place in our society.

So what of the Northern sled dogs, do they not have a place in our society? Do they not provide a necessary service to those humans who continue hunting on the land so that their human families can be fed, so that their trap lines can be maintained and revenues derived?

Do these very humans not utilize these magnificent dogs because of their sheer strength, power and stamina to travel long distances in the harshest of environments?

Yes, working dogs, especially Northern dogs do have it tougher, they are not your pampered Poodle, nor the cuddly Yorkie.  It is for the very work that they do and for  for the sacrifices that they make ensuring the survival of their human owners that they  deserve greater respect .

Is it not, therefore, in the best interest then of the owners to take special care of these dogs? Is it not in the best interest of the owner to ensure that these dogs are kept in top condition, fed quality meals and given water on a regular basis,that they be properly  sheltered and receive proper medical care when needed?

Again, is this not common sense? Is this not the decent thing to do for an animal that contributes to the livelihood of ones family?

Apparently not in the Canadian North, not if you are a “working dog”.

Apparently not, even when veterinary assistance is available.

Apparently not when SPCA Officials are ready to step in and rescue dogs in crisis but are denied the power to do so.

Apparently not when the human indifference  and inflicted suffering on the animal is seemingly condoned by Investigating RCMP officers who fail to carry out the Criminal Code of Canada, Animal Cruelty Legislation.

You be the Judge!!!

Your comments are most welcome and will greatly aid in getting the much needed legislation for an Animal Protection Act in the Northwest Territories as well as Iqualuit.

As an added note, Animal Cruelty Legislation is only as good as those powers of authority who CHOOSE to enforce it.

Animal Protection Legislation in the NWT and Iqualuit is a must.  Properly trained Animal Cruelty Investigators must also be established in the North, they must be given the legal authority to seize animals in crisis and to lay charges against animal cruelty offenders.  In addition municipal By-Laws must be reviewed and revised as well.

The Criminal Code of Canada, Animal Cruelty Legislation is very clear on what constitutes animal cruelty and the penalties for this offense. There is no gray area here.  It is black and white. The Law is the law and applies to everyone, everywhere in Canada, it is totally ineffective when it is left up to the opinion or the discretion of someone investigating a case of animal cruelty and who then exercises an opinion and  then turns a blind eye.

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UPDATE

Give N.W.T. animal law more bite, MLA urges assembly
Last Updated: Friday, February 13, 2009 | 2:41 PM CT
CBC News

“Members of the Northwest Territories legislature are looking at updating the territory’s Dog Act, but one MLA says the government should
just replace the act with new animal protection laws.

Enacted in 1988 but based on laws dating back to the 1950s, the Dog Act is the N.W.T.’s only legislation that addresses the treatment of dogs.
Among other things, the current act carries a $25 fine for not feeding a dog.

As well, conviction under the act can be difficult, as authorities would have to prove someone’s intent in neglecting dogs.

Work is now underway on a discussion paper on amending the Dog Act, Municipal and Community Affairs Minister Robert McLeod told the legislative assembly Thursday.

But Weledeh MLA Bob Bromley said simply amending the act is not good enough.

“This is a half-cooked idea, just tweaking the Dog Act,”  Bromley told the assembly Thursday.

“We need an animal rights act.”

Bromley said he wants legislation that applies to both pets and working animals, such as sled dogs. He also called for harsher penalties, such as preventing repeat offenders from owning animals in the future.

“The vast majority of people recognize the important relationship these animals play in our lives and treat them with the respect they  deserve,” Bromley said.

“However, from time to time, an appalling violation of the terms of human decency will occur — typically one that could be prevented  with the development of appropriate legislation and implementation of enforcement provisions.”

A June 2008 report by the U.S. group Animal Legal Defence Fund ranked the Northwest Territories in the bottom tier of Canadian provinces and territories for its animal protection laws.

“No, we’re not comfortable being at the bottom tier — nobody likes to be in the bottom tier — and we’re hoping to move our way up there,” McLeod said.

The push to change the N.W.T.’s dog legislation came in light of several high-profile cases involving neglected dogs in the past few months, including the grisly discovery in December of weak and dead sled dogs in a yard in Tuktoyaktuk, N.W.T.

RCMP chose not to lay charges against Randall Pokiak, the dogs’ owner. His brother has told CBC News that the dogs were sick,  not neglected.”

It is apparent that the pressure being put upon the NWT Legislature is making some headway, however it is imperative that the current DOG Act be totally thrown out and a totally new Animal Protection Act be put in its place.  To amend the current act, as suggested by Mr Robert McLeod is fundamentally ludicrous.  This is not just my own opinion, but that of the various animal rights/protection groups which support my ongoing efforts
to see proper laws put into place in the Canadian North.

Further, it will not be just enough to pass this Legislation, it will be crucial to review existing Municipal By-Laws,and to put into place Animal Cruelty Investigation Officers.  Legal authority must be given to current By-Law Officers, to SPCA and to Cruelty Investigation Officers to actually seize animals in crisis and to formally lay charges against the offenders.  The dependence upon the policing authority, namely the RCMP, has been ineffective.

The Animal Cruelty Legislation of the Criminal Code of Canada is quite clear, the penalties are spelled out clearly.  Unfortunately this is one aspect of the Criminal Code that fails to be upheld in the North.  By-Law Officers, Cruelty Investigation Officers needed to be properly trained and fully aware of the current Animal Cruelty Legislation of the Criminal Code and their responsibilities to uphold this Federal Law.

It is a Black and White scenario, there are no gray areas.  One cannot continue to use the excuse that it is “difficult to prove wilful neglect”.

The Criminal Code,  Animal Cruelty Legislation leaves no room for the opinion of any one particular RCMP or By-Law Officer.  It is the LAW.

When it is clearly evident, as in the Tuk case, that the three animals literally starved to death, suffered illness due to malnutrition, dehydration and hypothermia, that is criteria to lay charges. Not only is it an offence under the current Federal Criminal Code, it is an offence under the current NWT Dog Act. Included in the evidence are the three surviving dogs, who remained in crisis due to the failure of RCMP to sieze these animals.  All three dogs were left to suffer continued starvation, dehydration and hypothermia despite the fact that Cruelty reports were filed, that the Executive Director for the Beaufort Delta Regional SPCA and the Municipal Dog Catcher agreed that starvation and neglect. This is totally unacceptable and one more incident whereby RCMP intervention and the pressing of charges was not forthcoming.  Note that these survivors were discovered in late December the same time the three frozen sleg dogs were found.

As of this moment, little is known of the three surviving dogs.  Last report is that two of these dogs are now in the custody of an uncle of  “Lucky” Pokiak, who apparently reported that the two dogs are on the road to recovery.  The third dog apparently remains in the custody of “Lucky” Pokiak, an individual who failed to care for any of the animals to begin with.  Proof that these animals are actually being cared for properly has yet to be forthcoming.

Despite the best efforts made by the Executive Director for the Beaufort Delta Regional SPCA, the Investigating Officer has not reversed his initial decision, and has not laid charges under the Criminal Code, Animal Cruelty Legislation, nor has he returned the many phone calls that the Executive Director has placed to him.  WHY IS THIS?  Laws have been broken!!

Should you choose to support the ongoing efforts for very real and effective Animal Protection Act in the North and the enforcement of the Animal Cruelty Legislation contained within the Criminal Code please take the time to write to the following and remember that even if real protection is put in place, we need properly training Cruelty Investigation Officers and properly By-Law officers who will have the necessary authority and who will actually enforce the LAW.  Your support is desperately needed in order that this positive action be taken by the N.W.T.

Thank you on behalf of all those past, present and possibly future victims of animal cruelty.  Together we can make their pleas be heard.

Members’ offices:

Bob Bromley, MLA Weledeh            Mr. Bromley is in favour of a totally new Animal Proection Act for the NWT.
P.O. Box 1320
Yellowknife, NT X1A 2L9
Phone: 867-669-2272
Fax: 867-873-0276
bob_bromley@gov.nt.ca

Hon. Robert McLeod, Minister of Municipal and Community Affairs       Speaks of an amended NWT DOG ACT
Hon. Jackson Lafferty, Minister of Justice
Legislative Assembly Building
4570    48th Street
Yellowknife, NT
X1A 2L9

Mark Holland, M.P., Ajax-Pickering             Mr. Holland is working hard to have the current Federal Act updated.
474 West Block
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6
Tel: (613) 995-8042
Fax: (613) 996-1289
e-mail: hollam@parl.gc.ca

Mr. Paul Delorey, MLA Hay River North        Mr. Delorey is active in support
paul_delorey@gov.nt.ca

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A very special thank you goes out to PETA, in particular to Joshua.  PETA has shown great support towards the ongoing work involved in getting very real Animal Protection in place in the Canadian North.  The care and concern shown for the three surviving sled dogs in Tuktoyuktuk by Joshua and PETA is uplifting.

I received permission from Joshua to post PETA’s call to Action.

Action Alert: Urge Canadian Officials to Help Sled Dog Survivors, Allegedly in Dire Shape!

Recently, the bodies of several sled dogs were found frozen to the ground in Tuktoyaktuk, Canada. These dogs, reportedly belonging to Tuktoyaktuk resident Randall Pokiak, had been tethered without access to shelter in temperatures below 0ºF. Three additional dogs were found still alive, also tethered without access to shelter and in bad shape. More information about this story can be found here. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) assured PETA that the three surviving dogs had been moved to the house of Randall Pokiak’s son, Lucky, and that they were now being well cared for.
PETA caseworkers have just learned that the three surviving dogs are still tethered outside in frigid temperatures with absolutely no shelter (and no access to water) and that they are now exhibiting possible symptoms of hypothermia and malnourishment. The local SPCA has requested that the RCMP take immediate action to help these dogs, but the RCMP has apparently not acted. The wind chill in Tuktoyaktuk is currently minus 46ºF.
Please call, fax, and e-mail Tuktoyaktuk officials and urge them help the three surviving dogs immediately before they fall prey to the deadly cold.

Please send polite comments to:
Matt Hare and Ian Diplock, Constables
Tuktoyaktuk RCMP
P.O. Box 58
Tuktoyaktuk, NT X0E 1C0
Canada
867-977-1111
867-977-2293 (fax)

Debbie Raddi, Senior Administrative Officer
Hamlet of Tuktoyaktuk
867-977-2286
867-977-2110 (fax)
debbieraddi@airware.ca

The Honorable Mervin Gruben
Mayor of the Hamlet of Tuktoyaktuk
P.O. Box 120
Tuktoyaktuk, NT X0E 1C0
Canada
867-977-2286
867-977-2110 (fax)

The Honorable Marys Nassar
Canada Crown Attorney
107 Mackenzie Rd., Ste. 201
Inuvik, NT X0E 0T0
Canada
867-777-3075
867-777-3260 (fax)

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Recently the Hamlet of Fort Providence, Northwest Territories, took a proactive and successful approach in dealing with the ongoing problem faced by so many northern communities.  An excerpt from a NEWS/NORTH article published February 2, 2009.

“The hamlet council acknowledges the community has an overpopulation of dogs. This week, hamlet council brought in a mobile veterinary clinic and paid to have dogs spayed and neutered.  All residents had to do was fill out an application form and show up with their pet for their scheduled apointment.  The hamlet even threw in free vaccinations to help ensure existing dogs don’t come down with any diseases such as rabies.”
“This is indeed, a proactive way of dealing with problem dogs.  Instead of waiting until the dogs are born, grow up, start roaming the streets loose and then get destroyed, the hamlet is preventing their creation in the first place.”

I must commend the Hamlet of Fort Providence in their actions and suggest that it is therefore possible for other NWT communities to follow suit.  This mobile veterinarian clinic allowed 30 pets to receive spay/neuter as well as immunization.  The result of which will see a drop, hopefully, in the number of dogs running at large who would then be rounded up and shot.

While this program was a success, it is still the inherent responsibility of all pet owners to ensure the safety, the health and the welfare of their own dogs.  To allow their dogs to roam freely is negligent and irresponsible, placing their animals at risk of not only predators and disease but also the possibility of being destroyed.  Accountability by dog owners is a MUST,  education of dog owners is a MUST.  Education not only includes the care of these animals, but also the consequences one may face under the Criminal Code of Canada, Animal Cruelty Legislation.

The  concern regarding animal cruelty in the Canadian North is growing.  Continuing efforts are being made to have the GNWT Legislature enact and pass a Strict Animal Protection Act.  Municipal By-Laws under the current Dog Act are insufficient and do not allow By-Law Officers to seize animals in crisis, nor to formally charge parties guilty of animal cruelty.  SPCA organizations are virtually powerless in this regard as well.  Criminal prosecution falls under the jurisdiction of the RCMP as they are tasked with upholding the Criminal Code of Canada.  The Animal Cruelty Legislation as contained in this Criminal Code, while inadequate, is quite clear as to what constitutes animal cruelty.

“At the national level, animals are protected from cruelty under Sections 444-447 of the Criminal Code. However critics have argued that the law which hasn’t been updated in over a century, does little to protect animals from abuse and cruelty. “


Following is a summary of the existing Criminal Code:

“The Criminal Code is a federal law that is in force everywhere in Canada. Section 446 of the Criminal Code states:

You are guilty of an offence if you:

  1. willfully cause or allow unnecessary pain, suffering, or injury to an animal;
  2. by willful neglect cause injury to animals while they are being transported;
  3. abandon an animal or fail to provide it with enough suitable food, water, shelter, and care;
  4. participate in any way in the fighting of animals (example: arranging or attending a cockfight or dogfight);
  5. administer a poison or injury-causing drug to any domestic or captive wild animal or allow this to happen (example: poisoning a neighbor’s cat or spraying a dog with oven cleaner);
  6. are involved in any way with the release of captive birds for the purpose of shooting them;

Note: Section 429 of the Criminal Code defines “willful” in the following way:

If you cause something to happen, either by doing it or by not doing something you should do, and you know what the results will be, you are considered to have done so “willfully“. (Example: failing to feed an animal could be considered to a “willful” act, since you know that an animal will starve if it is not fed).

Any person found guilty under Section 446 of the Criminal Code can be fined up to $2,000, sentenced to up to 6 months in jail, or both. In addition to this, the Judge can make an order prohibiting that person from having an animal or animals for up to 2 years.”

Unfortunately, in most instances, here in the Canadian North, RCMP fail to uphold the Animal Cruelty Legislation as contained in the Criminal Code.   This has got to change. It  should not be left to a judgement call.  When it is evident that an animal is in crisis, clear and decisive action must be taken, in accordance to the guidelines as set in the Animal Cruelty Legislation.  As it now stand, animals in crisis are left to continue their suffering without intervention and those guilty of inflicting this suffering are left free to continue doing so. The recent case in Tuktoyuktuk is clear evidence of animal cruelty at it’s worst and the failure of criminal charges to be laid.

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My name is Indifference Our Names are Indifference and Complacency

 

 

 

Conjure images of Canada’s remarkable North and one envisions the spectacular Northern Lights, awe inspiring vistas, immense areas of unspoiled wilderness. Clear skies with brilliant shades of blues, unclouded by the pollution of the cities, fresh streams flowing with clear pure waters, amazing tundra and the largest Boreal Forest in North America. The air is crisp and fresh. Sunsets are spectacular as are the sunrises, skies lit with brilliant pinks and fiery reds. Sundogs, shining their glory on the colder days, reflections of the sun on the ice crystal contained in the atmosphere. Sometimes as many as 4 of these beautiful anomalies may be seen linked together by a rainbow. Rivers, great lakes, wildlife, the Canadian North has it all.

 

Desiring to fulfill my dream to escape inner city life, the stresses of traffic jams, excessive noise, pollution and indifference, I chose to begin anew and leapt wholeheartedly into the unknown. In 2005 I chose to follow my dream to live and work in such an environment, close to nature, to the land, to get back to basics, to what is truly important.

 

I was amazed at the vast open untouched wilderness, the herds of free roaming Bison, landscapes that can only be called amazing. The diversity of First Nations and Inuit cultures, their traditions and lifestyles I had long studied and admired. Their glorious arts and crafts passed down through generations are all truly a Canadian Treasure. The people are kind, gentle and welcoming. I was made to feel immediately at ease, accepted and that I had finally come home.

 

Tourists arriving from distant lands, will venture to visit the majestic Nahanni Valley, the vast Mackenzie Valley, and will see wondrous water falls and landmarks. They may charter a vessel to fish the great clear waters, or charter a helicopter that will transport them into a totally different world of breathtaking beauty. Along the way they will meet many new challenges, they will also meet Elders who hold the traditional Wisdom and if they are lucky they will learn. They will come away from their experience far richer than when they first arrived.

 

But alongside the beauty, the Canadian North also holds a secret. One will not be taken by any tour guide or outfitter to be shown the harsh cruelty that takes place across this vast and beautiful landscape.

 

As a tourist you will not be taken to see the rotting carcasses of dogs that have been routinely rounded up, shot and dumped. You will not be taken to the remote roads, and be shown the dogs that have been tied to trees, their muzzles taped and which have been gunshot.

 

Guides will not take you to the yards, or kennels where sled dogs are chained, often without shelter in sub-zero temperatures. You will not be shown the bodies of those frozen to the ground, nor the surviving dogs that continue to suffer severe starvation, hypothermia and dehydration.

 

No, as a tourist you will be shown only the beauty of the land.

 

Unfortunately in this remote and beautiful region, there are no shelters where an unwanted animal may be surrendered and placed in a new and caring forever home. Hardworking volunteers take in and care for these animals in their own homes, in the hope of being able to successfully place them. Some southern shelters co-operate in this, taking in Northern dogs for adoption. There are no veterinarian clinics to treat sick or injured animals, provide spay and neuter to control population nor are there licensed euthanasia services. A bullet must do the job.

 

The N.W.T. and Nunavut do not have An Animal Protection Act in place, and with antiquated federal laws leading to a less than 1% successful prosecution rate cruelty mostly goes unnoticed and unpunished in these remote regions. The R.C.M.P. may not file charges under the Animal Cruelty Legislation as contained in the Federal Criminal Code of Canada.

 

Municipal By-Law officers in the various and wide spread communities of the North do not have the authority to seize animals in distress, what they do have is the authority to round up and shoot dogs running at large. A heartbreaking task at best.

 

We must speak up for the dogs, for all animals in the far Canadian North who do not have the benefit of appropriate legislation in place to protect them and exact punishment against perpetrators of cruelty.

 

Dogs and pups will continue to freeze to death in sub-zero temperatures tethered to chains. Cats and dogs of all ages will continue to be dumped in an unforgiving wilderness left to suffer an agonizing death, or be tormented and abused in their own backyards and on the streets.

Northern Sled dogs are historical in the Canadian North. For centuries these hearty, strong and amazing dogs have been and continue to open up the Canadian North to the peoples of the North, necessary as an early means of transportation over vast expanses of snow and ice. Hunters, trappers, explorers, outfitters all utilize these amazing dogs thereby ensuring their own livelihood. Allowing them to feed and clothe their families, as well as generating revenue from the Tourist Industry and fur trade. A recent study comparing these dogs to those of other athletes, race horses and human athletes deemed that sled dogs are on the TOP. Renowned for their stamina, their strength and their ability to exist in conditions that would see most dogs we classify as pets die quickly in the hostile environment.

Tuktoyuktuk, or Tuktuyaaqtuuq (Inuvialuktun: it looks like a caribou),[3] is an Inuvialuit hamlet located in the Inuvik Region of the Northwest Territories, Canada. Commonly referred to simply by its first syllable, Tuk, the settlement lies north of the Arctic Circle on the shore of the Arctic Ocean. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The  case of the three surviving sled dogs discovered in December 2008, in the remote community of Tuktoyuktuk, Inuvik is an example of immense cruelty and what would appear to be indifference on the part of the Legal Authority of the R.C.M.P.

 

 

These dogs were discovered after a resident in Tuk notified Municipal By-Law of a pack of dogs, one of which entered her yard and as she watched horrified, devoured her puppy. These dogs had broken free of their chains. Starved and neglected they were on the hunt. The By-Law Officer responded, some dogs were shot; some were tracked back to the yard where they had been held. It was in this yard that the bodies of three sled dogs were found frozen to the ground. Also found were three surviving dogs in terrible condition as pictured above. The white dog’s back is severely matted and covered in an unknown substance, possibly oil or feces, bare skin is exposed to the elements and the animal can no longer retain body heat properly. Both animals are extremely dehydrated, sick and skeletal. The third dog, not pictured here, can barely stand.

 

Despite the fact that an R.C.M.P. Officer was called in to investigate this case, and the involvement by both the Municipal By-Law Officer and the Executive Director for the Beaufort Delta Regional SPCA, charges were not laid. Even with the publicity through press from CBC Radio Interviews, the News/North articles and PETA, the case has yet to be reopened.

 

At the time that this article is being written, the three surviving dogs continue to be in crisis, without shelter, water and food. Despite the filing of a Cruelty Report to the Crown by the SPCA, and the fact that witnesses willing to testify have been found, and that the owner/caretaker of these animals had been previously reported for his failure to provide for these animals, the dogs have not been seized nor have charges been laid.

 

While it would be wonderful if Parliament had passed the revised Legislation as presented in 2008 (both Liberal and Conservative parties vetoed the new bill) what good would it do for the animals who continue to suffer indescribable horrors in the Canadian North? Apparently even the very poor legislation that does exist federally under the Criminal Code of Canada does not apply to the Northwest Territories or Nunavut.

 

The Federal Minister of Justice will tell you that it is up to each province and territory to come up with their own Animal Protection Legislation, to a point that is true. However, in areas where there is no such Legislation, it is up to the RCMP which falls under Federal jurisdiction to enforce all aspects of the Criminal Code of Canada which includes the Animal Cruelty Legislation. So who is accountable here? The Minister of Municipal and Community Affairs, NWT, Mr. Robert McLeod, has cited that the NWT has a contractual agreement with the RCMP to provide policing, to ensure the safety of the communities and citizens of the North; however the Government of the NWT cannot dictate to the RCMP how to do their jobs.

Who ultimately is responsible for condoning and allowing the decades of cruelty to continue?

 

In July 2008, I prepared and had couriered a 3” binder to the GNWT Federal Representative, Denis Bevington, NDP Artic West. Contained in that binder were over 1,000 signatures, hard copy signatures from petitions circulated in this town, signatures obtained on two online petitions that received international attention. This binder contained sample Animal Protection Acts from various provinces and a copy of the Federal Criminal Code, Animal Cruelty Legislation as an easy reference for the powers to be. Graphic pictures, horrific in nature, detailed accounts of animal cruelty sent to me from people involved in rescue work in the North. Additional signatures were received as recently as January 20th in the offices of NWT Ministers: Mr. McLeod, Minister MACA, and Jackson Lafferty Minister of Justice.

 

The current legislation commonly referred to as the “Dog Act” in the NWT, pertains specifically to dogs and no other animal. MACA’s office representative who was recently interviewed by CBC North as was I, stated that the current act does need to be reviewed and revised, that this will be under consideration. When is this going to happen? The GNWT has published the current matters coming before the Legislature and Animal Protection Legislation is not one of them. The wheels of government turn slowly, not just in the NWT but across the nation. One must be patient, yet it is difficult, as time runs out for so many victimized animals.

 

An appeal has been presented requesting that a very real Animal Protection Act be passed in the NWT, an appeal has been requested that until this Legislation is enacted, that the governing body representative for law enforcement in the Canadian North, uphold the Animal Cruelty Legislation as contained in the Federal Criminal Code of Canada.

 

Positive affirmative action must be taken as quickly as is possible, otherwise as they have in past decades, these animals will continue to be defenseless against the cruelty, apathy and indifference.

 

For further information of the ongoing situation in the Canadian North please visit these sites:

 

http://www.giftsofloki.wordpress.com

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/2/an-appeal-for-the-voiceless

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/north/story/2008/09/30/behchoko-dogs.html http://www.cbc.ca/canada/north/story/2009/01/13/peta-dogs.html
PETA presses Tuktoyuktuk RCMP to charge owner of dead dogs http://www.cbc.ca/canada/north/story/2009/01/07/tuk-dogs.html
Dead Tuktoyuktuk dogs weren’t neglected: police
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/north/story/2008/09/30/behchoko-dogs.html Euthanizing N.W.T. man’s 34 dogs ‘saddest day of my life’ for vet Dogs belonged to well-known Dene artist Archie Beaulieu
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/north/story/2008/10/14/sled-dogs.html Dene artist denies neglecting his sled dogs
N.W.T. to look at increasing fines for negligent dog owners

//www.cbc.ca/canada/north/story/2009/01/12/nwt-doglaw.html

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/north/story/2006/06/27/deaddog-yukon.html

You may also write to:

Hon. Robert McLeod, Minister of Municipal and Community Affairs

Hon. Jackson Lafferty, Minister of Justice

Legislative Assembly Building

4570 48th Street

Yellowknife, NT

X1A 2L9

Matt Hare and Ian Diplock, Constables
Tuktoyaktuk RCMP
P.O. Box 58
Tuktoyaktuk, NT X0E 1C0
Canada
867-977-1111
867-977-2293 (fax)


Debbie Raddi, Senior Administrative Officer
Hamlet of Tuktoyaktuk
867-977-2286
867-977-2110 (fax)
debbieraddi@airware.ca


The Honorable Mervin Gruben
Mayor of the Hamlet of Tuktoyaktuk
P.O. Box 120
Tuktoyaktuk, NT X0E 1C0
Canada
867-977-2286
867-977-2110 (fax)


The Honorable Marys Nassar
Canada Crown Attorney
107 Mackenzie Rd., Ste. 201
Inuvik, NT X0E 0T0
Canada
867-777-3075
867-777-3260 (fax)

 

 

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