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With over 255 emails having been received in just three days…..I have put together some of the important stories and links together for you.

Very little has changed, in fact nothing positive has happened for the better.  A great deal more must be done to save these magnificent equines.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 25, 2012

Equine Welfare Alliance:  Study exposes real reasons behind decline of horse industry

http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?llr=omaglqdab&v=001qwhULkbmHDvuHldWzNDXDu3ImCy4a5eYQrzrDUDlCxNpU5ZmNbtdF_Wr31vUXERmVvs05VC9yotT_CG-F0GXyOHoc6Zy9voj4cF5z3Lvs7XBec8s_egANO1UogTz_pa-eVTivq5S1JfhOxMSskgUlZOLdhrYyu_7qsCwoL64uuvvVnSVRZJ8ha2SnUth9UNQNnWwaN4czcHBJ1xIdLdtmJSZs4ItXWQ7H7yAKkwRoXeuB4dAOsuNiBi2dH5sT3Bv

 

AATV interview with Jo-Claire Corcoran on the children’s fight to save America’s horses. Many thanks to Deb Lopez (Animal Advocates TV and Americans Against Horse Slaughter) for her production of this video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LT_bD062coY

Or RTs site – http://rtfitchauthor.com/2012/03/24/aatv-interview-with-jo-claire-corcoran-about-the-childrens-letter-writing-campaign/

 

 

 

American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign

Take Action

Tell the BLM “No” to Wild Horse Removals In The Desatoya Mountains Area in Central Nevada

http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/6931/t/0/blastContent.jsp?email_blast_KEY=1199812

Saving America’s Horses

https://app.e2ma.net/app/view:CampaignPublic/id:1412200.7496214919/rid:188d026b6d943faae3aa6e7e67b13989

Overwhelming response to SAVING AMERICA’S HORSES, the movie opens the door to mega attention for the horses!

New post on Canadian Horse Defence Coalition’s Blog

 

Horse killed, head dumped in pickup truck

http://canadianhorsedefencecoalition.wordpress.com/2012/03/23/horse-killed-head-dumped-in-pickup-truck/

Man arrested for carrying out “bizarre and senseless” horse killing (Niagara Falls, Canada)

http://www.horsetraderonline.co.uk/news/view/man-arrested-for-carrying-out-%E2%80%9Cbizarre-and-senseless%E2%80%9D-horse-killing.html

 

Breaking News: Summit of the Slaughter Horse Canceled

Posted on March 27, 2012

http://canadianhorsedefencecoalition.wordpress.com/2012/03/27/breaking-news-summit-of-the-slaughter-horse-canceled/

 

 

Animals’ Angels Investigation: The Dennis Chavez Slaughter Horse Feedlot inNew Mexico

March 26, 2012

http://canadianhorsedefencecoalition.wordpress.com/2012/03/26/animals-angels-investigation-the-dennis-chavez-slaughter-horse-feedlot-innew-mexico/

 

Dear New York Times: Please don’t forget the 26,600 slaughtered Thoroughbreds

Posted on March 26, 2012

Article by Vickery Eckhoff from her personal Blog

http://canadianhorsedefencecoalition.wordpress.com/2012/03/26/dear-new-york-times-please-dont-forget-the-26600-slaughtered-thoroughbreds/

Death and Disarry at America’s Racetracks

Posted on March 24, 2012

Mangled Horses, Maimed Jockeys

By WALT BOGDANICH, JOE DRAPE, DARA L. MILES andGRIFFINPALMER
Published: March 24, 2012

http://canadianhorsedefencecoalition.wordpress.com/2012/03/24/death-and-disarry-at-americas-racetracks/

Fate of horses forgotten in political gambit

http://canadianhorsedefencecoalition.wordpress.com/2012/03/24/fate-of-horses-forgotten-in-political-gambit/

 

There is quite little that provokes horse lovers more than the subject of horse slaughter, which is why Premier Dalton McGuinty’s moves to effectively destroy the horse racing industry has signed the death warrants for thousands of animals.

 

 

 

Wild For Life Foundation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wild for Life Foundation

SAVING AMERICA’S HORSES

March 23, 2012

 

ANIMAL ADVOCATE TV INTERVIEW WITH FILMMAKER KATIA LOUISE about SAVING AMERICA’S HORSES, the MOVIE

https://app.e2ma.net/app/view:CampaignPublic/id:1412200.7494910359/rid:55cb6393bb0d2ec8324f7f041b747508

 

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DO NOT ALLOW THIS NEW BILL TO PASS

Premier Dalton McGuinty: Do not pass Jack MacLaren’s Bill 47 for changes to animal cruelty laws

https://www.change.org/petitions/premier-dalton-mcguinty-do-not-pass-jack-maclaren-s-bill-47-for-changes-to-animal-cruelty-laws

PLEASE READ PRIOR POST:

http://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2012/03/17/premier-dalton-mcguinty-do-not-pass-revised-bill-37-for-changes-to-animal-rights-protection/

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More News Links

Before I Head out to meet with and spend time with LOKI, here are more news links that came in today.

Remember you can subscribe yourselves to receive daily or weekly newsletters, emails and updates from these terrific organizations. 

Keep in the LOOP…LEARN a great deal…….

Be PROACTIVE…….. Get INVOLVED 

Speak for the VOICELESS

“You ask of my companions. Hills, sir and the sundown, and a dog…They are better than beings, because they know, but do not tell.”  Emily Dickinson

“If a dog will not come to you after he has looked you in the face, you ought to gone and examine your conscience.”   Woodrow Wilson

No matter the Species, all creatures deserve our respect, deserve our protection, our treatment towards them reflects our very souls, making a strong statement, be it good or bad on our own Species: The Human Race     (my own)

     To View New Petition Links:  Please go to Causes:  http://www.causes.com/causes/487549-action-for-the-protection-of-northern-animals

 

New post on Canadian Horse Defence Coalition’s Blog

 

Please act now to further help the wild horses of Alberta!

by canadianhorsedefencecoalition

The following link provides sample letters and an easy tool with which to e-mail the government:

http://yourcybercourt.info/esa/albertahorse1203.html

Note: Minister of Sustainable Resource Development, Frank Oberle, has received a barrage of e-mails to which he has responded with a form letter full of misinformation.  A second round of e-mails will help him to understand that the public cannot be fooled.

canadianhorsedefencecoalition

 

New posts on World Wide Legal Action 4 Animal Rights

 

State Farm® Joins American Humane Association to Salute Hero Dogs

by LAAR

Arson Dogs are a Hot Category in the 2012 Hero Dog Awards State Farm, one of America’s largest insurance companies, joined forces with American Humane Association, one of America’s oldest humanitarian organizations, to celebrate the powerful relationship between dogs and people with the sponsorship of the “Law Enforcement & Arson Dog” category for the [...]

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New post on World Wide Legal Action 4 Animal Rights

Three Victories for Wildlife Against Big Oil!

by LAAR

Reblogged from Victories for the Animals: source: National Wildlife Federation Action Fund The U.S. Senate passes a bipartisan transportation package that has tremendous impacts for America’s wildlife. Thanks to advocates like you who have been keeping the pressure on Congress to fight for their constituents’ interests instead of Big Oil’s, we are happy to be able [...]

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Too late – military intervention fails to halt elephant slaughter in Cameroon

by LAAR

With up to 400 elephants already butchered for their ivory, soldiers were in a deadly battle with poachers last week to prevent further killing in Cameroon’s Bouba Ndjida National Park. A team from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW – www.ifaw.org) reported heavy fire between the two sides last Monday as poachers targeted a herd [...]

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Ban Cruel Tail Docking of Cattle in Illinois!

by LAAR

Action Alert from Animal Welfare Institute AWI requests your help to urge IL legislators to support HB1697, a bill to ban unnecessary and inhumane docking of cows’ tails. The bill has passed the House Business and Occupational Licenses Committee and will be voted on by the full House in the near future. Tail docking can cause [...]

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One Year After Japanese Earthquake, Thousands of Animals Still Without Homes, While Others Roam Amid Rubble

by LAAR

One year ago, on March 11, 2011, the world watched in horror as one of the most powerful earthquakes ever recorded hit off the coast of Japan, causing devastating tsunamis and triggering a meltdown at the nuclear power plant in Fukushima. The result of the disaster was catastrophic with more than 15,000 deaths, billions [...]

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Great news! Arizona House committee votes for the greyhounds

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Just In and Re-Posted with Permission

Excellent News for Coyotes facing Blood Sport

“Dear Friend of Wildlife

For all of you who sign petitions and write letters of support on behalf of wildlife, I know you must sometimes wonder whether it makes any difference. Well, here is the proof that it does.

The coyote killing contests didn’t occur this year mainly because you, and hundreds of others, wrote challenging the legality of these barbaric contests, pressuring the Premier and the MNR to enforce the law.

You will see from the comments below that we put the MNR in a difficult position. On the one hand, the MNR conveyed to the contest holder that it “was not in his best interest to hold the contest” this year but on the other an MNR spokesperson denies that they tried to muzzle him. The reason for this double speak is that, in having challenged the illegal nature of this contest, we exposed and put at risk the Ministry’s other questionable contests. The Ministry no doubt decided it was better to quietly stop this contest so that it didn’t have to defend the larger legal issue. The hypocrisy of the MNR in the article below does not go unnoticed by the public.

Thanks to you, we can take great satisfaction knowing that countless hundreds of coyotes were not chased to exhaustion or torn to shreds by a pack of dogs this winter, to serve simply as ‘sport’ for hunters. “

Donna DuBreuil

Ontario Wildlife Coalition

 

 

“Locke’s decision not to repeat the coyote contest was preceded by a letter he had received from the MNR on Dec. 13, 2011. He had been informed that his contest was the subject of two complaints under Section 11 of the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act. The contest had received its share of criticism by both individuals and animals rights groups.”

Coyote hunt a no go

By GREG PEERENBOOM GPEERENBOOM @ STANDARD-FREEHOLDER.COM

Posted 15 hours ago

CORNWALL — Just about this time last year, John Locke was busy organizing the Coyote/Wolf Fest Ball at a nearby night club.

Locke, the owner of Fence Depot in the north end of Cornwall, has no such duties this week, content he is still able to sell hunting and fishing licences.

“We had great response,” he said of the controversial Coyote/Wolf Contest held February 2011, which culminated with a coyote calling contest.

“(Hunters) were looking forward to (the contest this year); we were all set to go.”

About 120 coyotes were killed by about 100 hunters looking to receive a prize.

But then Locke claims he received a phone call from a representative with the Ministry of Natural Resources.

“(the MNR) suggested it was not in our best interest in holding the contest — in a subtle way,” Locke said.

“It’s kind of a slap in the face,” said Locke, citing other h unting contests he holds for deer and turkeys.

“How can they say we cannot have other contests, but except for this one.”

Fence Depot has a contract to sell hunting and fishing licences, he explained.

While the revenue from licences accounts for small percentage of his revenue, he was worried about a reduction of indirect sales from hunters and anglers.

“Because I’m in business, I don’t want to jeopardize what I do,” he said.

The contest was ini tiated in response to ongoing trepidation from livestock farmers about the increased coyote/wolf population in eastern Ontario.

MNR spokesperson Jolanta Kowalski said no MNR official had given instructions to Locke to muzzle his contest.

Kowalski said the MNR would not become involved unless hunters contravened hunting regulations, noting that coyote hunting is allowed year-round.

The MNR has cautioned against a determined cull of coyotes, explaining the species has reproductive cycle that speeds when its population declines.

Locke’s decision not to repeat the coyote contest was preceded by a letter he had received from the MNR on Dec. 13, 2011.

He had been informed that his contest was the subject of two complaints under Section 11 of the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act.

The contest had received its share of criticism by both individuals and animals rights groups.

But other residents, including South Stormont Mayor Bryan McGillis, had supported Locke.

Section 11 states that a person shall not hunt (among other methods) or induce another to hunt for gain.

The complaints had been brought forward by the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, which can utilize the Environmental Bill of Rights.

Locke said his $15 registration fee was charged just to recover expenses, such as renting space for the Wolf Fest Ball.

After a probe into the complaints, MNR environmental planning official Sally Renwick informed Locke there were no grounds for an investigation.

“… any changes in how coyotes are harvested due to holding and participating in contests would not likely cause harm to the environment,” stated Renwick’s summary.

 

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If Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty has his way, there will be NO protection of animals in Ontario…..period.  The revised Bill of Jack MacLaren, if passed will certainly see to that.

We cannot allow this to happen!!!

Just IN:

Rally to oppose the new Bill 37 to be introduced on Monday by MPP Jack McLaren:

https://www.facebook.com/events/256701237751312/

After public outcry and strong criticism, MPP Jack MacLaren of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario withdrew private members Bill 37 but is now introducing The Prevention of Cruelty of Animals Act, 2012 in its place…

Question:  Are theSe the apparent kinds of situations and people that Ontario’s elected officials wish to protect??  Seemingly so!!

Living in squalor: After years of complaints, SPCA seizes hounds, birds from Elgin-area farm

By Hugh Adami, The Ottawa Citizen March 15, 2012

Read more: http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/Living+squalor+After+years+complaints+SPCA+seizes+hounds+birds+from+Elgin+area+farm/6308553/story.html#ixzz1pTT0UPCm

“OTTAWA — About 40 hounds and 145 fowl and game birds were seized this week from an Elgin-area farmer, notorious over the years with neighbours and animal-welfare groups for alleged neglect and mistreatment of his dogs.”

To quote a private source in Ontario:

“The fact is that neither OMAFRA nor any police organizations have discussed  this Bill with Jack MacLaren nor entered into any agreement to take over the  responsibility of policing and investigating animals.

Therein lies the danger in this Bill. He has sent out an “Explanatory Note”  with his revision which is not honest and at first glance will have many  people thinking it is a good thing. It is most definitely not. It will take
our animal welfare back into the dark ages. He is counting on people not  bothering to compare his explanation with the actual Bill and the way he  has worded it makes it look like the arrangement  with the Ministry of
Agriculture (OMFRA) Ontario Ministry of Agriculture ,Food and Rural Affairs  is a done deal.

Unfortunately many people will not read between the lines, nor understand  that his explanatory note and the Bill say two different things. People are  not usually willing to wade through the legality of a Private Members Bill.

A reliable source who spoke with the Minister of Agriculture has noted that not only would he not support this, he  had not even seen the Bill. It is all smoke and mirrors.”

It is MOST IRONIC that the Animal Legal Defense Fund had applauded Ontario’s Animal Protection Laws stating in their 2011 Report

http://www.aldf.org/article.php?id=1714

We can all wonder just what the ALDF must be thinking now!!

 10/06/2010 10:20:49 AM

CTV.ca News Staff

http://news.sympatico.ctv.ca/home/contentposting?feedname=CTV-TOPSTORIES_V3&showbyline=True&date=true&newsitemid=CTVNews%2f20100610%2fanimal-rights-laws-100610

“Animals in Ontario, meanwhile, enjoy the best protection in Canada, the ALDF says, which ranked the province in the top spot. It applauded, in particular, Ontario’s mandatory restrictions on future ownership of animals for those convicted of animal cruelty.”

Here’s the full ranking list:

Top Tier:

  • 1. Ontario
  • 2. Nova Scotia
  • 3. Manitoba
  • 4. New Brunswick

According to yet another un-named reliable source this comment has been made:

“- Jack MacLaren’s Bill 37 which proposed to gut the Ontario SPCA Act and strip the SCPA of pretty much all of their powers has indeed been withdrawn as has already been reported

- According to a template response being sent out by MacLaren’s office, the MP has drafted a new OSPCA bill which is apparently similar enough in intent to allow it to proceed to second reading on March 29th

- According to MacLaren, this bill would create a distinction between cruelty to dogs and cats and cruetly to farm animals, limiting the SPCA’s powers in the case of the latter

- It would also take away the SPCA’s enforcement and policing powers leaving them with the power to investigate and report their findings to police who would determine whether charges were warranted

It seems to me though from reviewing a copy of the new bill that MacLaren is not being completely upfront, in that his bill does a few more things than he’s suggesting.

- distress is redefined, possibly making it more difficult to prosecute for neglect – instead of meaning “the state of being in need of proper care, water, food or shelter or being injured, sick or in pain or suffering or being abused or subject to undue or unnecessary hardship, privation or neglect”, MacLaren’s definition limits distress to “any sickness, injury or physical pain or suffering resulting from abuse or neglect”

- it would also add policing costs and court costs– possibly in the millions or tens of millions of dollars — as it asks the police to dedicate time and resources to dealing with animal cruelty crimes after the SPCA has already investigated, creating unnecessary duplication and waste (triplication if you consider that OMAFRA investigators may also now be involved in cases that they previously would have left to the OSPCA) — and it involves the courts in issuing animal protection orders and removal orders, thousands a year and also warrants for situations that don’t now require warrants — would this money be made available or would animal crimes simply not be prosecuted?”

Here’s a couple of articles which talk about what MacLaren is doing:

http://ottawa.openfile.ca/blog/curator-blog/morningfile/2012/morningfile-toasting-eric-czapnik-condoms-saint-paul-ospca-clampd

http://www.betterfarming.com/online-news/agriculture-ministry-should-enforce-farm-animal-welfare-says-mpp-5242

Bill 37, Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Amendment Act, 2012

http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/bills/bills_detail.do?locale=en&BillID=2581&detailPage=bills_detail_the_bi

Note that the FIRST READING in the House carried!!!

 The “Smoke and Mirrors” :  the Bill and the Explanatory Note say two different things:

http://www.ontla.on.ca/bills/bills-files/40_Parliament/Session1/b037.pdf

Revised PC Party Act Still Guts Animal Cruelty Laws

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

 http://www.lawyersforanimalwelfare.com/media/

In a recent letter to Premier McGuinty written by CFAWR:

This amended bill by Jack Maclaren  has a clear conflict of interest and bias in this proposed Ontario legislation … Passage of the Bill would provide for zero transparency and accountability in a notoriously inhumane industry. Imagine: the very people who slaughter animals for food will be the ones to “ensure” standards are maintained

If you all do one thing today after you receive this E mail PLEASE click onto the web links and see for yourself what you will be allowing to happen to farm animals in Ontario Every animal welfare advocate and citizen in Canada and Ontario is asking that you DO NOT PASS THIS BILL

If an abused animal has to wait to be seen by a veterinarian what happens to all the abused animals who NEVER get taken to the vet .This  point (7) is nothing short of allowing those who inflict torture and abuse on animals a free ride! Does Jack McLaren really believe a person who abuses their pet or other animal is going to take it to the vet ????

British Columbia knows firsthand that by the time you report and animal being abused and WAIT to get the paperwork the animal is “ disappeared “ or dead  The BCSPCA has a very successful animal control force that can seizes an abused animal from the area it is located in. When any animal is being abused and tortured it cannot “ wait” for paperwork to be brought to safety!!!!

BC SPCA: Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (PCA Act)

www.spca.bc.ca › Cruelty › Legislation

Enables BC SPCA constables to obtain a warrant to seize an animal using the  BC SPCA officers can

 enter property and act immediately to help an animal in 

Please most kindly make yourselves aware of the  federal Animal Cruelty legislation It is barely 3.5 pages There is virtually nothing in it to protect animals and nothing concrete that the judges and courts can utilize in make sound judgments with regard to prosecuting animal cruelty perpetrators  Its basic tenets were written over 118 years ago! This is critical and in reference to point (9) of the proposed Maclaren Bill.

Current Legislation

CURRENT LEGISLATION. Current Canadian Federal Animal 

Farm animals maybe food animals but they feel and suffer as we do and  as all sentient creatures do. Please, please think about the  catastrophic devastation and  unspeakable pain and suffering you will be allowing to happen to factory farm animals, family pets and other animals…. if this bill is allowed to pass and its effect on all of those animals and creatures… who cannot speak up in their own defence? By not passing this bill you could  be making the first and historic step in supporting Canada’s commitment in principle to the UDAW Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare

The Canadian campaign for a UDAW » Animals Matter to Me

www.makeanimalsmatter.ca/learn/the-canadian-campaign-for-a-udaw

 

Set a shining example  for the rest of Canada ? Please …do the right thing and protect the animals in Ontario?? Their million voices now lie in your hands !

Thank you

Yours very Sincerely

Sarah West. Founder Canadians For Animal welfare Reform CFAWR www.cfwr.org

Co-Founder Canadian Animal Welfare Coalition.

Ambassador for Canada WORLD ANIMAL DAY

CETFA – Canadians for Ethical Treatment of Food Animals.

www.cetfa.com/index.php?option=com_content&view…42

CETFA investigators recently concluded an investigation into conditions in Canadianbarns that spanned 4 provinces. The footage covers nearly all species of CCFA | FAQ’s

www.humanefood.ca/faqs.html

Sadly, Canada’s anti-cruelty laws do not protect farm animals from suffering caused by factory farming systems provided they are considered standard industry 

Animal abuse – intensive farming – cruelty to animals – chickens 

thewe.cc/weplanet/valued_life/humans_and_animals.htm

7 Jan 2007 – Part II — good article to click after photographs of abused animals …..The majority of these are raised in factory farms where they are stacked in 

Factory Farming | Farm Sanctuary

www.farmsanctuary.org/issues/factoryfarming/photos/

These are actual photographs and videos documenting the abuse found in “food animal” factories, stockyards, and slaughterhouses. Many people will find them 

Global Action Network: Factory Farms: Factsheets: General 

www.gan.ca/campaigns/factory+farms/factsheets/index.en.html

Currently, there are 18 million pigs raised on factory farms in Canada, with this number set to rise over the coming years as export markets for pork increase.

Veg.ca – The lives of farm animals

www.veg.ca/issues/animals.html

7 May 2005 – Canada has around 2800 farms where broiler chickens are raised for meat. …. In order to maximize profits, factory farms often put the health of 

The MacLaren Bill must not be passed and NONE of the following below allowed

1.    Separate inspections into (a) farm animal inspections and (b) non-farm animal inspections

2.    -Farm inspections will be carried out by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)

3.    -Non-farm animal inspections will be carried out by the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA)

4.    -OMAFRA & OSPCA Inspection officers will be the first response to complaints and will be limited to observation, advisement, education, and writing reports on visits made

5.    -Inspectors will no longer have the power of a police officer and will not be able to inspect without the permission of the land owner

6.    -Enforcement will be done by the OPP or local police force ONLY after abuse has been substantiated and reported on by the inspectors. Police force enforcement to stop actual abuse should be few and far between

7.    -Abused animal removal will only be done with the recommendation of a veterinarian and sanctioned by a justice of the peace

8.    -OSPCA will no longer be able to invoice animal owners

9.    -Only the police will be able to lay charges under the Provincial Offenses Act or the Criminal Code of Canada

 You can add your voice in Opposing this Proposed Bill :  Write your own emails: Just Copy and Paste these addresses into your TO Box.

dmcguinty.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

kcraitor.mpp@liberal.ola.orglalbanese.mpp@liberal.ola.org,

tarmstrong-qp@ndp.on.ca,bbalkissoon.mpp@liberal.ola.orgrbartolucci.mpp@liberal.ola.org,
cbentley.mpp@liberal.ola.orglberardinetti.mpp@liberal.ola.org, mbest.mpp.co@liberal.ola.orggbisson@ndp.on.cajbradley.mpp@liberal.ola.org,
lbroten.mpp@liberal.ola.orgscdryden@ndp.on.ca, dcansfield.mpp@liberal.ola.orgmchan.mpp@liberal.ola.org,
bchiarelli.mpp.co@liberal.ola.orgmcolle.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org, mcoteau.mpp@liberal.ola.orggcrack.mpp@liberal.ola.org,
ddamerla.mpp@liberal.ola.orgbdelaney.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org, vdhillon.mpp.co@liberal.ola.orgjdickson.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org,
dinovoc-qp@ndp.on.cabduguid.mpp@liberal.ola.org, dduncan.mpp.co@liberal.ola.orgkflynn.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org,
cforster-qp@ndp.on.cafgelinas-qp@ndp.on.cajgerretsen.mpp@liberal.ola.org, mgravelle.mpp@liberal.ola.orgrandy.hillierco@pc.ola.orgahorwath-co@ndp.on.caehoskins.mpp.co@liberal.ola.orghjaczek.mpp@liberal.ola.org, ljeffrey.mpp@liberal.ola.orgmkwinter.mpp@liberal.ola.org,
jleal.mpp.co@liberal.ola.orgtmaccharles.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org, amangat.mpp.co@liberal.ola.orgmmantha-co@ndp.on.ca, rmarchese-co@ndp.on.cadmatthews.mpp@liberal.ola.orgbmauro.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org,
tmcmeekin.mpp@liberal.ola.orgmonte.mcnaughton@pc.ola.org, pmcneely.mpp@liberal.ola.orgmmeilleur.mpp@liberal.ola.org,
norm.miller@pc.ola.orgpmiller-qp@ndp.on.cajmilloy.mpp@liberal.ola.org, rmoridi.mpp@liberal.ola.orgjulia.munro@pc.ola.orggmurray.mpp@liberal.ola.orgynaqvi.mpp.co@liberal.ola.orgtnatyshak-qp@ndp.on.ca, rick.nicholls@pc.ola.orgdorazietti.mpp@liberal.ola.org,

 

 

 

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Premier Dalton McGuinty: Do not pass revised ‘Bill 37′ for changes to animal rights protection

https://www.change.org/petitions/premier-dalton-mcguinty-do-not-pass-revised-bill-37-for-changes-to-animal-rights-protection

After public outcry and strong criticism, MPP Jack MacLaren of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario withdrew private members Bill 37 but is now introducing The Prevention of Cruelty of Animals Act, 2012 in its place on Monday, March 19th, at Queen’s Park.  This new bill will hand over inspection rights for farm animals to members of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA). This will undermine the protection of farm animals. This revised bill has a clear conflict of interest and bias. Passage of the Bill would provide for zero transparency and accountability in a notoriously inhumane industry. Imagine, the very people who slaughter animals for food will be the ones to “ensure” standards are maintained. It is unconscionable to hand over the welfare of farm animals to any group that has vested interests in the agriculture industry. Indeed, there is such an inappropriate bias here that it is insulting.

Also, under Bill 37, farmers will be allowed to call in their own veterinarians to determine whether abuse exists. Veterinarians who are paid by these farmers and make a living through servicing these farmers’ animals will, in many cases, not want to cause trouble and “bite the hands that feed them”, so they will be compelled to look the other way.

Separating farm animals’ rights from those of ‘pets’ also makes the point that farm animals do not deserve the same care and protection, that they are ‘products’, which is ludicrous. All animals suffer and feel pain and should be afforded equal protection.

There are also concerns about whether police officers have sufficient specialized knowledge of animal husbandry to recognize distress, whether they have the skills to deal with exotic, dangerous or aggressive animals and whether the police service has enough resources to take on this extra role.

Please send an email to MPP Tim Hudak (tim.hudakco@pc.ola.org) and Ontario’s MPPs, politely asking that they not support this Bill.

Premier Dalton McGuinty: dmcguinty.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

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Summary:

-Separate inspections into (a) farm animal inspections and (b) non-farm animal inspections

-Farm inspections will be carried out by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)

-Non-farm animal inspections will be carried out by the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA)

-OMAFRA & OSPCA Inspection officers will be the first response to complaints and will be limited to observation, advisement, education, and writing reports on visits made

-Inspectors will no longer have the power of a police officer and will not be able to inspect without the permission of the land owner

-Enforcement will be done by the OPP or local police force ONLY after abuse has been substantiated and reported on by the inspectors. Police force enforcement to stop actual abuse should be few and far between

-Abused animal removal will only be done with the recommendation of a veterinarian and sanctioned by a justice of the peace

-OSPCA will no longer be able to invoice animal owners

-Only the police will be able to lay charges under the Provincial Offences Act or the Criminal Code of Canada

Listen to Jack McLaren’s interview on CBC here.

http://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2011/09/25/horrific-stats-on-factory-farm-animals-burned-alive-in-just-four-days-in-canada/

http://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2011/09/26/posted-on-behalf-of-canadians-for-animal-welfare-reform-in-response-to-blog-post-on-factory-farming/

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In Defense of Animals: eNews

http://ida.convio.net/site/MessageViewer?em_id=22561.0&printer_friendly=1

http://www.guardiancampaign.com/links/gc_wasserman.pdf

The Guardian Campaign

A SEISMIC SHIFT IN THE WAY WE VIEW AND UNDERSTAND ANIMALS

 

 

 

New post on World Wide Legal Action 4 Animal Rights

Written declaration on the establishment of a maximum 8-hour journey limit

http://legalaction4animalrights.net/2012/03/16/written-declaration-on-the-establishment-of-a-maximum-8-hour-journey-limit/

NEW BRIEFING ON DOGS AND CATS IN THE EU

http://legalaction4animalrights.net/2012/03/15/new-briefing-on-dogs-and-cats-in-the-eu/

by LAAR

Eurogroup made available a briefing summarising our main concerns over the situation of dogs and cats in the EU. It is estimated that approximately 197 million companion animals are owned by households in the EU. This includes around 64 million pet cats and 60 million pet dogs. Whilst many are loved and cared for as [...]

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