HOPE’S STORY IS ONE OF SUCCESS
WILL THERE BE MORE?
(picture taken by HRSPCA)
For any of you who have followed my three year battle with the Government of the Northwest Territories Canada to pass an Animal Protection Act, I am happy to say that Round One has been completed. Round Two continues.
Below is an excerpt from my letter to the Editor published November 10, 2010 by Hub Publications.
I want to thank all of you who signed my online “Petition for Hope”, “Stop the Abuse” and others that I placed on Care2. Your signatures and accompanying comments drove home the need for this legislation and just how the NT was seen by the International Community.
The Legislative Assembly now has 120 days from November1 2010, to review all comments that they may receive concerning this new Dog Act. It is my continuing hope that this new Dog Act will pass and be put into effect by February 1, 2011.
Letter to Editor as published by Hub Publications (Hay River, NT)
“As Min. Jackson Lafferty stated in his response to the Animal Defense League of Canada on May 29, 2009 “our government is committed to taking the necessary steps to protect animals from individuals who needlessly injure or harm them.”
This First Step as “an interim measure” excerpt from correspondence I personally received from MACA, saw the New Dog Act brought before the Assembly on November 1, 2010 and now lays the foundation .
My three years of hard work have paid off but remember this is only the First Step , this New Dog Act still pertains ONLY to dogs. The Comprehensive Animal Protection Act, akin to the Animal Protection Acts elsewhere across Canada needs to be developed and legislated as law within the NT, and to that end my Political battle will continue.
I am so grateful to MLA’s Mr.’s Delorey, Ramsay and Bromley and the many Rescue Groups and high profile Canadian Organizations involved in Animal Rights and Welfare who stepped up to the plate urging the GNWT for positive change.”
I truly miss the hands on domestic and wildlife rescue work I did back home. I would much rather be doing that than spending endless hours writing letters to the GNWT, compiling the countless costly documents I presented to the NT Legislature and networking across North America and Internationally.
With this in mind I ask that everyone please constantly remember the importance and value of those individuals who provide the needed hand on care and love to those rescued. Remember those caring private individuals who step up and rescue those in need on their own, who speak out so that the plight of these animals is heard. These caring individuals continue to expose themselves to the horrors far too often seen caused by negligent irresponsible owners. Their devotion and commitment should be inspire us all.
Hay River is very fortunate. It is hard work caring for animals in the shelter, ensuring all nutritional requirements are met, medical attention is provided if necessary, exercising, clean up and finding loving forever homes for those that have been cast aside due to indifference and complacency. We owe our thanks for their continued dedication and commitment to making a difference.
Founders of the Beaufort Delta Regional SPCA, Linda and Greg Stromgren, continue to battle extreme animal cruelty. As Animal Cruelty Investigator/Humane Educator Linda ACTIVELY investigates all complaints of animal neglect received. She speaks to owners, often calling RCMP to accompany her, and she files Investigative Animal Cruelty Reports if needed , instrumental in building of the Inuvik Animal Holding Facility and in ensuring that Inuvik, unlike Hay River, has a resident veterinarian. Their relocation program means many rescued animals find loving homes and much needed medical care.
The NWTSPCA is putting a plan together to build their own autonomous shelter, looking for a parcel of land to purchase, ideas and ways to fund this shelter. It is imperative that Yellowknife has its own autonomous shelter, benefiting their community and allowing them to rescue and take in more animals from other areas across the NT as well.
We can all make a difference ending decades of animal suffering in the NT and across the North. Pick up the phone, put your complaint of animal neglect you are witness to in writing (your identity is protected under the Law), tell the authorities, provide a photo if you can and most importantly follow up to ensure that positive action has been taken to assist the animal. Keep copies for yourself, that is proof that you have reported such incidents and feel free to contact me, in confidence, as so many of you have in the past.
I may be contacted at: email@example.com
To help funding or submit suggestions for the planned shelter in Yellowknife, NT please contact:
Nicole at firstname.lastname@example.org
To help Linda and Greg at the BDRSPCA located in Inuvik please contact:Linda at: email@example.com
To help Hay River’s wonderful group, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you one and all on behalf of the voiceless.
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