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THANK YOU MY FRIEND FOR YOUR SUBMISSION

WE ALL FEEL THE PAIN OF YOUR LOSS

Hi Everyone,

I would like to share my experience about buying animals from a pet shop. Many years ago, we bought two little dogs from a pet store.  This was well before I knew anything about puppy mills.  The pet shop told us they were from a “good” breeder, but we never got their papers. We tried to get their registrations, but to no avail.  The store even had the audacity to offer us a refund if we brought the dogs back.  So, we know they came from puppy mills !!

Gintzu was one of my beautiful shih-tzus.  I vividly remember the day she was laying on our bed and all of a sudden, blood gushed from her mouth, all over the front of her body and the bed.  Her eyes were big as saucers, as she was so terrified !!    Then after rushing her to the vet, and after thorough assessment,  we found out it was her heart.    She went on meds immediately.   Then her lungs started to fail.  We rented a big oxygen machine, to help her breathe at a cost of $175/mo.  After a while, we couldn’t allow her to suffer anymore and then had her PTS.

“Mitsumi” (Mitsi for short) was our other shih-tzu, also bought from the same pet store, a year after we got Gintzu.  She suffered most of her short life with her lungs. She couldn’t even go for walks without stopping and refusing to go on.  We would end up carrying her home.

Poor babies.  After they died, we had them cremated and put into urns, which we keep at home.  Both were and will always be every special to us and remain forever in our hearts.

Writing about Ginny and Mitsi has brought back much pain and tears and I would like to remember them with our fight against all cruelty to animals !

We learned our hard lessons and now have  two dogs & two cats, ranging from 2 years to 12 years old and who are all adopted !! They are all very happy, healthy and get the love they deserve.

Please remember –  “Don’t shop, Adopt” /  “Adopt from a Rescue or a Shelter” /  “Open your home to an abandoned animal”

Thank You for listening.

Sincerely,

Carol Waterman

Canadian Volunteers for the Protection of Animals (CVPA)

Bénévoles canadiens pour la protection des animaux (BCPA)

 

Anyone who wishes to share their stories about their amazing furballs and to submit pictures please do so by contacting : protectionofnorthernanimals@gmail.com

With your written/emailed permission these will be posted here and on the FB Group:  Action for the Protection of Northern Animals.  Share your wonderful stories and your treasured memories .  Make us humans smile, there is enough horror in the animal world, happy well cared for and much loved pet pics and stories will be most refreshing.

Thanks Everyone

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IS THIS AN ACCEPTABLE PRACTICE BECAUSE IT HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR DECADES????

ABANDONED AND LEFT TO STARVE AND FREEZE TO DEATH ON A CHAIN!!!!  HE DID NOT SURVIVE!!!!

IS THIS THE RESULT OF LOCALLY ACCEPTED PROTECTION UNDER MUNICIPAL BY LAWS!!!!

 

IN RESPONSE TO ALERT CALLING FOR ACTION:  TO ELIMINATE ALL LOOPHOLES IN NEW NT DOG ACT

PUBLISHED WITH THE PERMISSION OF THE WRITER.  LETTER SENT TO MLA’S AND GNWT MINISTERS

LETTERS LIKE THIS ARE VERY MUCH NEEDED!!!

THANK YOU MY FRIEND FOR STEPPING UP TO THE PLATE!!!!

 

Dear Sirs,

Please take into consideration what I am about to say. I will put forth my most compelling arguments against allowing any sort of exemption in an anti-cruelty law, then leave it in your responsible hands to do the right thing in the upcoming vote.

There is no dog-dependent activity, traditional or otherwise, which requires the suffering or neglect of the animals involved. None. Mushers, hunters, trappers and regular dog owners all have the capacity, and responsibility, to provide a life free from suffering for their animals. Inconvenience, cost and time constraints are deeply inadequate excuses for not keeping ones dogs sheltered, fed, socialized, exercised and checked by veterinarians. If these demands are prohibitive, then perhaps the people fighting them should simply not own dogs. In this age of snowmobiles, dogs are hardly a necessity of life. If you can’t care for them properly, don’t have them. If only similar laws were available for children.

The current amendment has been changed from “traditional” practices to “accepted” practices, which is in so many ways worse. There are many, deny it if you like, accepted practices in northern communities that certainly should not be. The entire purpose of new legislation is to change and improve existing practices. “Accepted” is many long miles from “right”. Think of the other elements of your communities that are “accepted” – do you hold that all of these are worth protecting simply because people have turned a blind eye all these years?

Finally, you may or may not be aware that the tide of opinion in the rest of Canada has swung overwhelmingly pro-animal rights. You need only to look at the global backlash to the Whistler sled dog incident. Imagine if all these people could also see how dogs in northern communities are treated? It is only a matter of time before they do, then the shame will be yours. Who are you trying to protect with these exemption clauses? Is it really so important to entrench a person’s right to tie their dog to a short chain for life? To shoot or drown unwanted puppies year after year? To only occasionally feed or acknowledge the creature banished to the corner of the yard? Are any one of you trying to say that these things are inherent to native culture and need protecting? Is this the message you wish to send about your constituents? That the neglect dogs and general disrespect of living things are a fundamental part of northern identity?

If these are not your intentions, please reflect on your opinions to date and the decisions you’ve recently made. It is time for the NWT to join the rest of Canada in its ethical considerations. My years teaching in Fort Resolution in many ways, unfortunately, made me ashamed to be Canadian – there are countless issues that need to be addressed in the NWT, but this, at least, can be a beginning.

Thank you for your time

-I., teacher

FULL SIGNATURE IS PROTECTED AS COURTESY TO INDIVIDUAL.

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Animal rights activist not impressed by Dog Act change

http://www.mix100.ca/news_and_sports/news/Local/11/02/25/Animal-rights-activist-not-impressed-by-Dog-Act-change

Controversial clause in NWT Dog Act could be amended

http://www.mix100.ca/news_and_sports/news/Local/11/02/17/Controversial-clause-in-NWT-Dog-Act-could-be-amended

Despite the successful protest against the DEADLY CLAUSE contained within the Amended Dog Act, the crafty rephrasing of this same clause now substitutes the clause protested.

The original clause: contained under DUTY OF CARE: SUBSECTION 3(2):  A person does not contravene Subsection (1) by treating a dog in accordance with the regulations or in accordance with the generally accepted local or traditional practices of dog care, use and management.”

Has been deleted and is now reworded as:

ACCEPTABLE TREATMENT: (2) “A person does not contravene Subsection (1) by treating a dog in accordance with the regulations or in accordance with standards of care set out in an applicable By Law”.

 

DEADLY CLAUSE BELOW:

UNDER : DOGS IN DISTRESS 4(3) THIS SECTION DOES NOT APPLY IF THE DISTRESS RESULTS FROM AN ACTIVITY CARRIED ON IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE REGULATIONS OR IN ACCORDANCE WITH GENERALLY ACCEPTED OR LOCAL TRADITIONAL PRACTICES OF DOG CARE, USE AND MANAGEMENT”

has been removed and replaced by this reworded version

EXCEPTIONS:  (3)  “This Section does not apply if the DISTRESS is caused by a treatment, process or condition that occurs in the course of an accepted activity.”

ACCEPTED ACTIVITY: (4) Subject to Subsection (5) for the purpose of this Act, an accepted activity includes the use, care and management of a dog in the course of the following activities:

A) Harvesting, including gathering, hunting, trapping and fishing        (Totally acceptable providing dogs needs are met)

B) Protection of People from Wildlife   (Acceptable as often the dogs will warn individuals of potential threats while on the Land)

C) An other activity designated as an accepted activity by the regulations     (Questionable???)

Section 5:  An activity is an accepted activity under Subsection (4) only if it is carried out in a manner:

A)  Consistent with a GENERALLY accepted practice or procedure for the activity that  (Questionable ????)

(1) is not designated as a prohibited practice or procedure by the regulations and

(ii) does not cause undue suffering:  or

B)  That is otherwise REASONABLE in the circumstances, and that does not cause undue suffering. (Questionable???)

The rewording of the clause (the deadly loophole) that so many have voiced protest against) is in my opinion and I am sure will be in the opinion of so many others, an attempt at ‘smoke and mirrors';  the fact that this portion of the amended clause leaves it entirely up to interpretation as pointed out by MLA David Ramsay: is an attempt to mask this clause using different wording, thereby allowing the clause to remain and providing an escape hatch for those who have inflicted such misery on dogs in the past, the present and who will continue to do so in the future.  This revised wording masking the deadly loophole, is a means of enabling this unacceptable behavior to continue without consequence.


NOTE:
Any person with even minimal intelligence can see that and should be insulted by this masked ploy, and the very idea that those particular MLA’s , i.e. MLA Krutko (Mackenzie Delta and a few others) continue to want the deadly clause to remain and evidently would like to see  the new Dog Act squashed totally would have the blatant assumption that most people would not have the intelligence to see what is being attempted.  It is insulting and raises a question as to whether this reflects their apparent opinion of the constituents who voted them into power.

As seen in past history across the Territory, Municipal By Laws do not work, if the new Dog Act is making reference to Municipal Bylaws in any and  all above  clauses by citing accepted local regulations then all dogs remain in threat of their care and very lives.  The whole purpose of an Animal Protection Act is to ensure that when Municipal By Laws are not effectively enforced that these animals will have protection under the Provincial/Territorial Act as well as the Federal Criminal Code.


The amended Dog Act is due to be brought forward to the Legislative Assembly for final approval and to become law early next week, tentatively Tuesday March 1st.

Once again, Now is the time to contact the Public Hearings Committee Chairman:  MLA, David Ramsay: david_ramsay@gov.nt.ca phone:  867-669-2296 ,

MLA, Robert Bromley bob_bromley@gov.nt.ca phone: 867-669-2272, fax 867-873-0276 and

MLA and Speaker of the House:  MLA Paul Delorey: paul_delorey@gov.nt.ca phone:867-874-6301 or 867-669-2234  fax: 867-873-0273

All three of these MLA’s support very real Animal Protection for the NT and a Comprehensive Animal Protection Act .

Please contact the MLA’s to voice your concerns and to express your hope that the right decision will be made to protect these helpless animals, and that all loopholes and get out of jail free passes do not exist in the new NT Dog Act.  Time is critical, please Act right away on this.

To Contact Ministers:

Premier: FloydRoland@gov.nt.ca phone: 867-669-2311
Justice: jackson_lafferty@gov.nt.ca : 867-669-2399 fax – 867-873-0307
MACA: robert_c_mcleod@gov.nt.ca : 867-669-2366 fax – 867-873-0309


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Thank you Queen Waldorf Fights Back for supplying these two links.:

Two part article on Sled Dog Massacre,   Please go to these links:  Parts One and Two

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2011/02/10/petscol021011.DTL

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2011/02/10/petscol021011.DTL#ixzz1EpQIzHGb

 

 

Thank you CFAWR for this information.  Anyone wishing to voice their comments, please email:

Boycotting Outdoor Adventures in BC, Whistler Members of the public and interested parties can submit their comments and provide input to the Sled Dog Task Force by email at:   sdtaskforce@gov.bc.ca

 


Another Husky pup possibly frozen to death in BC

http://www.timescolonist.com/news/Police+probe+puppy+death+Alert/4329285/story.html

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Abused pup dumped in back of abandoned pick up - Inuvik

Will be heading to Calgary for specialized rehab

UPDATE:  Arrangements have been made to relocate him for specialized rehabilitation in Calgary.

He remains very timid, very shy and has real trust issues due to severe abuse he suffered.  He has grown substantially under the excellent care, patience and love of Linda Eccles and her husband Greg Stromgren:  BDRSPCA.

THANK YOU  LINDA AND GREG!!!

SOME GOOD NEWS FOR A CHANGE!!!

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Excerpt from various sources:  to keep everyone current on what is happening.

Thank you C4P:

BC SLED DOGS

“Please don’t neglect to send personal, and POLITE letters to the Assistant Deputy Attorney General, BC, and Crown Counsel, North Vancouver,copy the BC SPCA and the RCMP, BC Tourism, the Minister of Agriculture (BC)  and your local radio / television media. If the ADAG and CC hear from enough people, it may help them understand how badly Canadians want justice – we cannot assume BC SPCA going to press charges  – we must keep the pressure on and ensure accountability.  Perhaps you’ll write a reminder to yourself in your datebook to follow up with all organizations concerned, at the beginning of each month, until June 2011. The only way this is going to change is if we continue to press for answers and we need to do it in numbers/high volume. If we don’t do this, these dogs will have died, brutally, and in vain.”

Mr. Robert W.G. Gillen, QC,

Assistant Deputy Attorney General (Head of BC prosecution service)

Criminal Justice Branch Headquarters

PO Box 9276, Stn. Provincial Government

Victoria, BC

Phone: 1.250.387.3840

Fax: 1.250.387.0090

Mr. Monte Ruttan

Crown Counsel

North Vancouver Regional Office

500-865 Hornby St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2G3

Phone:  604-660-4100 / 1.800.538.9166

Fax: 1.604.981.0285

Ms. Marcia Moriarty

BC SPCA Provincial Office

1245 East 7th Avenue

Vancouver, BC V5T 1R1

Fax: 604.681.7022

Honourable Ben Stewart

Minister of Agriculture, BC

PO Box 9043 Stn Prov Gov’t

Victoria BC

Phone: 250.387.2253

Fax:  250.387.4312

S/Sgt. Steve LeClair
NCO i/c Operations
Whistler Pemberton RCMP
4315 Blackcomb Way, Whistler, B.C.
Office No.: (604) 905-1965
Fax No.: (604) 905-1961

Update from BC SPCA on sled dog investigation:

http://www.spca.bc.ca/news-and-events/news/whistler-sled-dog.html

Canadian Horse Defence Coalition – needs support w/letters and donations for horse rehab for GEM:

http://canadianhorsedefencecoalition.wordpress.com/2011/01/30/ospca-fails-another-horse-this-time-with-tragic-consequences/

 

Petition to end the Iditarod:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/iditarod—the-worst-case-of-animal-cruelty-in-the-us/

 

 

EVENTS

 

The Toronto Feral Cat Project offers another Trap-Neuter-Return and Feral Cat Care Workshop on Saturday, February 26th at the East York Civic Centre.  Workshop details can be found at http://www.feraltoronto.com/en/

 

 

INFO

 

Trouble in Bluffer’s Park – dumped cats desperately need adoption – please circulate to as many as possible!

http://www.thestar.com/news/fixer/article/935033–the-fixer-coyotes-dining-on-bluffers-feral-cats?bn=1&sms_ss=twitter&at_xt=4d51921721bfd582,0

 

Changes have been proposed to tax laws regulating animal welfare organizations. Please cross post to as many rescue groups as possible – so that they have a chance to comment before the deadline.

http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/chrts-gvng/chrts/plcy/cnslttns/pwcr-eng.html

 

Animal Shelters note:   here’s a fabulous primer on how to turn your shelter into a No Kill shelter (thanks Sarah West for sending):

http://www.nokilladvocacycenter.org/

 

LAUNCH OF PIONEERING BOOK SERIES ON ANIMAL ETHICS –  Palgrave Macmillan / Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics

http://animalblawg.wordpress.com/2011/01/30/new-animal-ethic

 

 

Thank you to P.W. for these below.

“Another great article about our useless laws!
Taking responsibility for B.C.’s slaughtered sled dogs
http://www.facebook.com/l/9bf5a;www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2011/02/02/f-vp-jackson.html

Holland to BC Tory MPs – Senseless dog slaughter case cries out for tougher laws
http://www.facebook.com/l/9bf5a;markholland.liberal.ca/media/senseless-dog-slaughter-case-cries-out-for-tougher-laws/

Law must see animals as more than ‘property’
http://www.facebook.com/l/9bf5a;www.timescolonist.com/sports/must+animals+more+than+property/4216244/story.html#ixzz1Cwf7uN5g

Editorial: Responsibility for animal abuse
http://www.facebook.com/l/9bf5a;www.vancouversun.com/news/Editorial+Responsibility+animal+abuse/4206349/story.html

Action Needed:

Do you want to change the world? Do you want to hold our politicians accountable? Do you want to tell your kids one day that you were a part of this little piece of history? Do you want to directly affect improvements in Canada and around the world… 

www.theglobeandmail.com

The need to curb wild dog populations in some remote regions has some questioning traditional methods

Good news for a change:

Horse rescuer works miracles with abandoned, abused animals
http://www.facebook.com/l/9bf5a;www.edmontonjournal.com/technology/Horse+rescuer+works+miracles+with+abandoned+abused+animals/4115682/story.html#ixzz1CqBpRdXI


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On January 27, 2011, ‘Garlic’ was stolen from his owners vehicle which was parked outside her employers building.

In a recent article published in the Yellowknifer, NNSL, details taken from the necropsy performed by the Great Slave Medical Hospital revealed just how this tiny one and half year old Chinese Pug died.

It is likely that Garlic died due to collapsed lungs from the blow to his small chest.  According to necropsy results it is suspected that the multiple stab wounds inflicted upon Garlic to his chest and rectum area may have been delivered prior to the blow to his chest and that these stab wounds were not enough to have caused his death.

Garlic’s mutilated and beaten body was found in a downtown Yellowknife dumpster approximately an hour after Ms. Baron discovered her car had been broken into and Garlic was missing.

Lloyd Thrasher, a 23 yer old Yellowknife Musician has been charged and remains in custody. Mr. Thrasher was known to Ms. Baron as he often participated in the jam sessions held weekly in the restaurant where Ms. Baron worked,  Twist Resto-Lounge.  Mr. Thrasher has since been banned from this establishment.

http://www.mix100.ca/news_and_sports/news/Local/11/02/1/Musician-charged-with-killing-dog-banned-from-lounge

As reported by the Yellowknifer, Thrasher’s lawyer, a Mr. Paul Falvo has removed himself from this case, reason stated being a conflict of interest.

The current NT Dog Act hold a $25.00 fine or maximum of 30 days in jail…..totally ridiculous.

Should Lloyd Thrasher be indicted under the Federal Criminal Code he could face up to five years in prison, if charged and convicted, he could be sentenced via summary conviction and be facing a $10,000 fine and 18 months in prison.

Described as an up and coming young musician Lloyd Thrasher’s profile can be found on Facebook along with the fan club which was started supporting his music.  He also has numerous YouTube videos showing him performing at Yellowknife’s Folk on the Rocks, a concert which has been  put on yearly as well as performing in other locales in the NT.

This most heinous and barbaric act of violence towards an animal in the Northwest Territories is just one of so many.

A great deal of information has been provided to the Territorial Government on the direct Link between Animal Cruelty and Human Violence. This well researched and studied Link is undeniable and is recognized as a syndrome, similar to OCD and others.  The New York times published a five part article on this in 2010:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/13/magazine/13dogfighting-t.html

A report published by the Federal Department of Justice in 2007 which compared the Northwest Territories to the rest of Canada showed that 70% of adults held in custody had been sentenced for violent crimes.  It must be remembered that the total population across the NT is less than some of the large major cities in Canada. The reports were on a per capita basis.

It has also been reported via media that there has been a 43% increase in violent crime in the NT since 2007.

www.justice.gc.ca

“Understanding Family Violence and Sexual Assault in the Territories, First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples”

Statistics Canada also published their own report, which can be found on their government website.

Already given the dubious distinction of being the “Best Place to Abuse Animals” by the Animal Legal Defense Fund two years in a row, the NT is now seen as:

18 Oct 2010 … Canada’s most violent region. Talk to people living in the North about why the violent crime rate is so high compared to the rest of Canada …
http://www.gateway.i2sf.org/c2_blog/…/canadas-most-violent-region/

This week, Kam Lake MLA David Ramsay, bravely called for a review of the North Slave Correctional Centers program for inmates.

http://www.mix100.ca/news_and_sports/news/Local/11/02/10/MLA-calls-for-review-of-rehab-programs-at-North-Slave

So, logically is it safe to say that there is a definite problem?  A problem in how violent repeat and new offenders are sentenced and handled?  Unless one is blind to the statistics, and to the number of incidents,  cases and convictions reported, as well as the lenient sentences handed out, something is not working very well.

 

Unfortunately the programs already in place such as anger management and drug/alcohol rehab appear to not be as effective and successful as had been hoped.  Certainly those individuals convicted of repeat violent crimes, need far greater in-depth treatment than can be provided at the facilities located in the Northwest Territories.  Many of these offenders themselves carry the emotional and psychological scars of violent abuse which was inflicted upon them during their own lives.  The cycle repeats itself over and over again.

The need for improved and expanded Women’s Shelters, revamped programs, up-to-date effective medical treatment, and sentencing of repeat violent offenders is somewhat evident.

“Garlic” paid with his life.  Ms. Baron, her family and friends, are also victims of this brutal crime.

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