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Over a month ago I announced via FaceBook that I was, after long hard thought, retiring from advocacy.  Perhaps I used the wrong terminology, sabbatical is the term I should have used.  Suffering from Compassion Fatigue, I need a break, the length of which is unknown.

Anyone who is bombarded on a daily basis with the continued horrors inflicted upon animals, anyone who must physically clean up the mess left behind by irresponsible pet owners, administer care to the abandoned and the suffering, anyone who works in shelters and vet hospitals will in time go through Compassion Fatigue.  Similar to Post Trauma Stress Disorder, the effects of Compassion Fatigue can be and are devastating.

Despite the need for peace and respite from advocacy there are issues that continue to eat at my soul, no inner peace can be found as long as animals suffer at the hands of man.

I received this email just the other day from Sinika, with the Canadian Horse Defence Coalition, and with her permission have copied and pasted it below.

Canada continues the blood bath in the equine slaughter plants in this country.  Canada continues to enable the horrific BLM roundups of wild horses in the US by importing these animals for slaughter into our country.

We all thought that the recent XL Meat scandal was bad enough.  We learned how our Canadian Food Inspection Agency dropped the ball on that one.  Well the CFIA continues to drop the ball, by not effectively and efficiently monitoring horse slaughter in this country, and by allowing contaminated horse meat to be exported from this country.  But really, think about it, can we expect anything less, after what we have already learned?

Once you have read Sinika’s  email, please take the time to visit this additional  link below regarding ‘Animal Angels’ Investigation of  the “Bouvry’s Slaughter Pipeline”. “Bouvry Exports operates one of the largest horse slaughter plants in Canada approved to export horse meat to the EU. Bouvry Exports owns about 2000 acres of land near Fort Macleod, where they fatten US and Canadian horses in large feedlots.”

Warning the pictures which are exposing this horrendous inhumane treatment of horses awaiting slaughter are very graphic.

http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?llr=whxo74bab&v=001rfHpJW7JhgDr8qwFNDbXg9Pu9-IzZcEd7xgB8eBrxCjUoheS_2QY-8GOquJ-4WBdFdNJaacsldVMviXrVCbFa4AZZ7i32KMc3B_FLV8mlryiahf_PcKjTGPWxg9wJVzu3qZCw_0JtgRgCZ91IxGbsqFVIljvA04MDFO1YByYstl7dog3Npbd-7HZs-HjCMuEMA0DRiV22etN6gBwoP8nKfLMBsUF5cKSoOCHNnQtFHUmdWSHOAa1ke7TlEZd83Z6

We cannot allow the continuation of such inhumane treatment to continue.  We all know about the Factory Farms, we all know about the Puppy and Kitten Mills, we all know about the Dog Fighting Rings, the Racing Industry, the Circuses and the Rodeos….but more must be done to end the equine slaughter for profit and greed and the exploitation of lands established as protected areas for wild horses, we must all put an end to the Canadian export of tainted meat unfit for human consumption, and any and all Canadian imports of products into this country from the cruel exploitative practices of other nations against animals.

 

Below is Sinika’s email: posted with her permission

Subject: The life and death of a racehorse, and the chilling implications
Date: Thu, 20 Dec 2012 09:23:03 -0800

The Life and Death of Silky Shark, a Racehorse

 

In July 2011, a Standardbred U.S. racehorse named Silky Shark died in a Quebec slaughterhouse.

 

The Canadian Horse Defence Coalition tracked the evidence, showing that Silky Shark had been administered phenylbutazone (a deadly drug that must never enter the food chain) and subsequently slipped through the system undetected by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

 

Jack Rodolico of Latitude News has produced an exemplary account of the fate of this beautiful horse - Silky Shark’s life in the racing industry, how he fell through the cracks, and what chilling implications his death holds in terms of animal protection and food safety.

Links to articles and podcasts are below.

 

The full magazine feature and podcast: http://www.latitudenews.com/story/the-shady-trade-in-american-horsemeat/

A short version aired on the American radio program Marketplace: http://www.marketplace.org/topics/world/drugged-american-horsemeat-sold-europe

 

A slightly longer version aired on Harvest Public Media’s network of public radio stations throughout the American Midwest: http://harvestpublicmedia.org/article/1544/drugged-horsemeat-us-showing-europe/5

A medium-length text version on The Week:  http://theweek.com/article/index/237968/the-shady-trade-in-american-horsemeat

 

CHDC’s report, Proof of CFIA Failure: http://canadianhorsedefencecoalition.wordpress.com/2012/12/12/proof-of-cfia-failure/

 

 

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ACTION ALERT: Tell Canada to Protect Polar Bears! PLEASE SIGN !
- 59 days ago – secure.humanesociety.org

Though experts predict that climate change could cause the extinction of polar bears by the end of the century, governments have failed to protect these vulnerable animals from the added pressure of human greed.

Tell Canada to Protect Polar Bears

https://secure.humanesociety.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=5265

 

Stop Importing Polar Bear Trophies

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/4/stop-importing-polar-bear-trophies/

End Ontario’s Pit Bull Ban

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/2/end-ontarios-pit-bull-ban/

 

Protect Woodland Caribou

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/133/158/528/protect-woodland-caribou/

 

Help Save the Kermode Bear

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/710/750/362/help-save-the-kermode-bear/

Tell Congress: Big Cats are NOT Pets!

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/841/285/240/

Help Fight Illegal Wildlife Trade!

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/800/996/005/help-fight-illegal-wildlife-trade/

 

Boycott Sponsors of Iditarod Dog Sled Race

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/443/372/069/boycott-sponsors-of-iditarod-dog-sled-race/

Stop Inhumane Breeding in Australia – Dogs Deserve Better!

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/659/566/554/

Tell Obama to Stop Aerial Wolf Killing in Idaho

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/948/257/174/

DOGS WITH MUTILATED FACES & EXTENSIVE INJURIES RESCUED FROM FIGHTING RING. PLEASE SIGN FOR JUSTICE

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/487/694/189/dogs-with-mutilated-faces-extensive-injuries-rescued-from-fighting-ring-please-sign-for-justice/

 

End Live Animal Export for Slaughter

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/610/873/286/end-live-animal-export-for-slaughter/

For Lennox’s Sake

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/368/515/576/for-lennoxs-sake/

Ask the EU to Recognize Cetaceans as “Non-Human Persons”

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/2/ask-the-eu-to-recognise-cetaceans-as-non-human-persons/

Stop Mass Killing of Romanian Dogs

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/3/stop-mass-killing-of-romanian-dogs/

 

Stop Faroe Island Whale Slaughter

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/713/363/082/stop-faroe-island-whale-slaughter/

 

 

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University of British Columbia must be made to Stop this suffering.

 

Death of research monkeys completely unexpected, UBC says

www.canada.com

The deaths of four monkeys at the University of B.C., now under investigation by the B.C. SPCA, resulted from a small dose of a designer drug being tested in Parkinson’s disease research and was completely unexpected, the university says.

BCSPCA Urged to Seize Monkeys Disabled at University of British Columbia

www.free-press-release.com

Canada: Latest breaking news – Veterinary expert says experiments so debilitating monkeys cannot move normally, have problems with balance, coordination, cannot feed themselves properly, have tremors, periods of rigidity. You can’t miss out this news BCSPCA Urged to Seize Monkeys Disabled at Univers…

B.C. SPCA to investigate UBC monkey deaths

www.straight.com

The B.C. Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has confirmed it will investigate UBC’s animal research practices.

 

Four research monkeys die in Parkinson’s experiment at UBC | The Ubyssey

ubyssey.ca

Four research monkeys have died in a Parkinson’s disease research experiment at UBC, and an animal activist group is questioning whether the deaths were accidental.

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       How does that saying go? 

“Talk is Cheap”.

       Well for at least one Province int this country, Action Speaks Louder than words!!!!

We are all aware of the horrific brutality inflicted on the 100 sled dogs in Whistler, B.C.  These dogs, faithful money making servants were summarily shot and in some cases had their throats brutally slashed.  Why, because the economy had taken a decline and the owner and operator of this particular business felt the animals were of no more use.  This case only came to light when the individual who did not say NO when told by the owner to kill these beautiful faithful dogs, applied to Workers Compensation claiming he was suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

        The province of British Columbia stepped up, and toughened their Animal Protection Laws.

Koodoos.

        Now for the second year in a row, B.C. has approved and made this Proclamation in honor of those 100 Whistler dogs.

WHEREAS The Province of British Columbia recognizes that the health, safety and well being of all animals is vital, and
WHEREAS The Province of British Columbia leads the country with the toughest penalties for anyone proven responsible for harming an animal, and
WHEREAS The Province of British Columbia believes that the prevention of cruelty to animals is a matter of humanity and not just a matter of legislation, and
WHEREAS by working together and sharing information on how to prevent, recognize, and report signs of animal abuse, we can help protect all animals from abuse and neglect, and
WHEREAS Our Lieutenant Governor, by and with the advice and consent of the Executive Council, has been pleased to enact Order in Council 903 on October 11, 2002;
NOW KNOW YE THAT we do by these presents proclaim and declare that April 23, 2012 shall be known as
“ANIMAL ABUSE PREVENTION DAY”
(in honour of the lost lives of 100 sled dogs on April 23, 2010)
in the Province of British Columbia.
The Municipality of Wood Buffalo in Alberta has also Stepped UP and have made their own Proclamation: double click picture to enlarge for easier reading.

Having fought so hard myself for over three years for animal protection laws within the NWT, there remains a great deal yet to be done.  The new NWT Dog Act contains a potentially deadly loophole which MLA and now Minister David Ramsay is quoted as describing “big enough to drive a truck through”.  The new NWT Dog Act pertains solely to dogs period and does not protect any other domestic pet. Not the Comprehensive Animal Protection Act that I fought so hard for.  It must be noted that the motion did pass in the Legislative Assembly that the Territorial Government is to keep working forward to enact Comprehensive Animal Protection which already exists across the rest of Canada.

A number of years ago, due to a horrific incident involving many dogs in the Yukon, the Yukon chose to strengthen their own Animal Protection Legislation.  Now with the news that a well known Yukon Musher is planning to ACT in a proactive manner to toughen protection of Sled Dogs in the Yukon, it is evident that perhaps the new Yukon Legislation of a few years ago was not strong enough.

Mr. Frank Tuner was interviewed : sleddogcentral.com/interviews/turr

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/story/2012/02/22/north-sled-dog-legislation.html

 Obviously Mr. Turner also believes that

Actions Speak Louder than Words.

Clearly animal cruelty is and will remain an International focus, on so many levels one cannot even fathom.  Every second of every single day, an animal is being horrifically neglected, abused and exploited at the hands of a human.  Says a lot about the human species does it not?  From the starving neglected dogs left on chains, animals tortured and butchered for the sheer sick pleasure that some even sicker individual gets out of inflicting such pain, to the dog fighting rings that provide an illegal income to the cruel and greedy, the puppy and kitten mills run by the totally insensitive mass breeders, to those breeders whose sole goal is to make money from research companies, to the Factory Farm Animals, Battery Hens and roadside zoos that fail to provide proper care and the necessities of life to the animals that they derive income from.

The list goes on and on.  I will not even cite other instances such as those that take place in China or on the frozen coasts of Canada.

A challenge to the rest of Canada, to the remaining Provinces and Territories across this vast and magnificent land is being made right now.

Follow the lead of British Columbia!!! 

Put forward your own Provincial and Territorial Proclamation in honor and memory of the thousands of animals brutalized every day,

the thousands of animals that die in shelters because they have been discarded by others!!!!

In honor of the innocent lives taken because existing Municipal, Provincial and Federal Legislation is not

tough enough, does not do enough to end the suffering and to bring those responsible to Justice.

Pictures received from the Beaufort Delta Regional SPCA in Inuvik, NT.  No charges laid, no animals survived.

Picture of dead pup submitted by a resident of Hay River, NT.  Decaying body was found by the river in Town.

     It is Time!!!

Zero Tolerance to Animal Cruelty across Every Municipality, Every Province, Every Territory in Canada!!!

Actions Speak Louder than Words!!!

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http://news.ca.msn.com/top-stories/ubc-used-nearly-212000-research-animals-in-2016

“Newly released data from the University of British Columbia shows the institution conducted research involving nearly 212,000 animals in 2010.”

http://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2011/10/08/animal-testing-vivisection-live-terminal-surgeries-horrific-military-experiments-continue/

ANIMAL TESTING, EXPERIMENTATION AND VIVISECTION CONTINUES

WE CAN ALL HELP TO PUT AN END TO THIS

NOTHING CAN EVER JUSTIFY THE SUFFERING THESE ANIMALS ENDURE AT THE HANDS OF MAN!!!!

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Thank you KINSHIP CIRCLE

Please go to this important Link and support by adding your name to those opposed to this unneeded animal cruelty.

80,000 More Animals To Die For EPA’s Same Old Chemical Screens

http://www.kinshipcircle.org/letter_library/letter_new3.asp?LetterID=1917

Can Someone Introduce The Environmental Protection Agency To 21st Century Science?

EPA has invested millions in its ANIMAL-FREE Computational Toxicology Research Program, ToxCast™, for development of “new and innovative methods.” EPA recognizes “quantitative high-throughput screening (qHTS) assays” as key in the evaluation of toxic pathways. It provides “Data Sets & Published Research” to support non-animal assays. ToxCast™ Factsheet

So why will EPA torture and kill 80,000 animals over a span of years for its Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program (EDSP)? The agency has rejected 90 percent of pesticide company requests to use in vitro tests in place of animals.

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ANIMAL TESTING, EXPERIMENTATION AND VIVISECTION CONTINUES

WE CAN ALL HELP TO PUT AN END TO THIS

NOTHING CAN EVER JUSTIFY THE SUFFERING THESE ANIMALS ENDURE AT THE HANDS OF MAN!!!!

Excerpt from PETA

“This year alone, more than 100 million animals will be killed in deadly chemical, cosmetics, pesticide, and food-additive tests, among other harmful experiments. These helpless animals, some just babies when first subjected to testing, will often spend their entire lives inside cages in laboratories. They are force-fed substances, injected with toxins, and infected with diseases as well as having chemicals sprayed into their eyes and electrodes inserted into their brains. Some have tissue cut from their bodies without any anesthetics. As you can see in our latest video, those who somehow survive are left severely damaged—both physically and emotionally.”

 

Earthlings 8 of 9 (medical experiments, military research, ignorance, animals are just like us

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3IlSbE-MXPQ

 

UBC animal rights activists expand campaign

http://cupwire.ca/articles/48224

Animals in research in Canada

http://cfhs.ca/research/animals_in_research_in_canada/

An ethicist’s Commentary on funding animals for continuing education

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC385429/

The Military’s War on Animals

http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-experimentation/US-military-animal-testing.aspx

Nearly 18 percent of all military animal experiments-conducted on more than 57,000 animals annually-involve unrelieved pain or distress.

http://www.idausa.org/facts/military.html

 

 

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GOOD NEWS, HAPPY NEWS!!!

THANKS TO  DEDICATION AND COMMITMENT!

WE CAN ALL MAKE A POSITIVE DIFFERENCE, EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US.

Thank Juli for alerting me to this wonderful outcome.

“You are going to love this one!  Get the kleenex handy!   A wonderful video of these rescued beagles enjoying their very first taste of FREEDOM!  http://www.care2.com/causes/animal-welfare/blog/rescued-research-beagles-get-first-taste-of-freedom-video/

Thanks to ARME (and Shannon Keith’s Beagle Freedom Project)- these dogs are safe!
Those of you who attended the screening of “Behind the Mask” a couple years ago in Toronto may remember Shannon, the documentary’s creator.    She is an amazing person who dedicates her life to helping animals through these kinds of actions, education, and also as a legal attorney, defending those who try to be a voice for the animals.
Yesterday 9 more beagles (6 males and 3 females) were rescued from a northern California laboratory.  They are now with loving fosters and will be looking for their forever homes too. “
“Please share this happy video so the message gets out to as many people as possible.  Animal testing must end!
Beagle Freedom Project”       www.beaglefreedomproject.org

ARME (Animal Media Education Rescue ) http://www.arme.tv/

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JUST RECEIVED!!!

URGENT!!! DEADLINE IS MAY 2nd 2011!!!

Deadline is May 2, 2011! http://www.facebook.com/notes/evolve-campaigns/action-alert-please-oppose-plans-to-breed-beagles-for-vivisection-uk/10150165911763891
/notes/evolve-campaigns/action-alert-please-oppose-plans-to-breed-beagles-for-vivisection-uk/10150165911763891
Action Alert: Please oppose plans to breed beagles for vivisection (UK)

BACKGROUND:

Marshall Bioresourses, in North Rose, located between Syracuse and Rochester, N.Y., was shipping “beagles” out of Montreal (entering Canada via Lacolle and Brockville border points) via Air Canada to Paris and other points in Europe until Air Canada dropped the contract a few years ago as the result of passenger complaints.

If you have ANY info regarding the current airline and/or cargo carrier shipping beagles out of Canada, please contact: ariellang@yahoo.ca

THANKS SUSANNA FOR THE HEADS UP ON THIS!!!

Vivisecton breeder, MARSHALL, wants to open four more facilities in the UK:

Marshall’s purchased UK vivisection breeder B&K Universal (near Hull) a few years ago. It submitted a planning application to construct four units/breeding facilities to breed BEAGLES for animal testing. If permission is granted, many thousands of purpose-bred beagles will be sent to labs.

Please contact East Riding of Yorkshire Council and ask that the planning application be refused. The Planning Application Number is 11/01324/STPLF. The deadline is May 2nd, so please act soon.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council

Planning Department

County Hall

Cross Street

Beverley

HU17 9BA

Telephone: 01482 393792

Email: beverley.dc@eastriding.gov.uk

Councillors:

Matthew Grove: m.grove@cssyorkshire.com

Peter Turner: peter@peterturner.karoo.co.uk

BrianSkow: brian@skow.orangehome.co.uk

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