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Photo: Animal Alliance of Canada

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Dear Friend of Wildlife

Thanks to all of you who have written letters and signed petitions opposing the Spring Bear Hunt in Ontario. Although the Liberal government seems determined to go ahead, our collective efforts are getting a lot of attention and have encouraged us to continue this fight.

Animal Alliance of Canada, along with Zoocheck Canada, are taking the Province to court over the partial reintroduction of the spring bear hunt.

On Monday the Minister of Natural Resources and Attorney General of Ontario were served with a Notice of Application for Judicial Review and the Attorney General of Canada was served with a Notice of Constitutional Question on behalf of the two organizations. David Estrin, a certified environmental law specialist with Gowlings LLP in Toronto, Michael Watson, a Gowlings civil litigation partner and Brent Arnold, another Gowlings litigator, are our lawyers. Three Justices of the Ontario Divisional Court are scheduled to hear the application April 29, 2014 in Toronto.

Mr. Estrin summarized the legal position to be advanced:

“The Applicants contend that the Minister failed to comply with the MNR’s own Statement of Environmental Values and therefore failed to comply with section 11 of the Environmental Bill of Rights, that the Proposal violates the Criminal Code of Canada prohibition on causing cruelty to animals and is therefore illegal and unconstitutional, and the Minister did not apply for or receive approval for this Proposal under the Environmental Assessment Act.”

You can read more information on the Animal Alliance website, including their legal filings: http://www.animalalliance.ca

Gowlings is very generously working pro bono, but Animal Alliance will have to cover other costs. So if you wish to help out by donating to its legal action, please feel free to do so at the address below.

We’ve heard from some very passionate people over these past few weeks. We feel so fortunate to have such an outpouring of support – for the bears.
Donna DuBreuil, Ontario Wildlife Coalition

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Published with permission of the author:  Sarah J West

 

 

IS CHANGE IN THE AIR?

HUMANE EDUCATION…and the URGENT call to action!

A puppy beaten to death on a golf course, a pit bull dog pelted with stones, another pit mix set on fire, an emaciated dog tethered and left to die and a puppy found dead after being hanged from a fence are all part of a series of shocking animal cruelty cases in Baltimore, MD.  The abusive acts have attracted the attention of city officials because they have all been committed by children, some aged as young as 10.   This was reported in the June 17, 2010 National Examiner article written by Seltzer. The incidences of animal abuse perpetrated by children and adolescents are not slowing down; they are becoming a rising tide!

 

On Saturday April 17, 2012 Canada Shannon Barry was kicked in the face and knocked unconscious by a stranger in Edmonton, for being gay. Statistics Canada figures suggest young people between the ages of 12 and 22 are responsible for six in 10 hate crimes; the majority of those accused being 17 or 18. According to Statistics Canada, in 2012, hate crimes against gays doubled. Helen Kennedy, Executive Director of Egale Canada, Canada Human Rights Trust said that “Hate crimes are an alarming reality that gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered Canadians know all too well , one that  governments can no longer ignore.” Kennedy said that’s consistent with Egale’s own research and suggested efforts to reverse this alarming trend need to begin in schools. In light of this EGALE hast has started the SAFER SCHOOLS CAMPAIGN.

If there is any one human expression that is indicative of and at the root of the fundamental and debilitating flaws in our society, it is a lack of compassion. The Dalai Lama expresses this best in his quote Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive. From gay bashing to racism, bullying to animal cruelty we have become a western society hardened and sensitized to violence, left isolated and invalidated by modern technology. Television and movie theatres stream and scream at us with programming and films full of murder, abject violence, fabricated global disasters and callous reality TV shows. Communications with each other as individuals are minimized to heads down texting and voice mails, leaving a complete absence of personal and emotive expression in our everyday contact with friends, family and colleagues. Global TV Vancouver Canada reported in a March 26th 2013 news cast that in the nation, over 10 million texts are sent every 60 minutes!

School shootings are on the rise.  If we recall the tragic events of the Sandy Hook Newport Connecticut school shooting, the second deadliest school shooting in American history in which 27 lives were taken and we can now clearly the parallels between the absence of empathy exhibited by those who commit this type of  violent act  inherent   animal cruelty perpetrators.The website Pet Abuse.com states: More recently, high school killers such as 15-year-old Kip Kinkel in Springfield, Ore., and Luke Woodham, 16, in Pearl, Miss., tortured animals before embarking on shooting sprees. Columbine High School students Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, who shot and killed 12 classmates before turning their guns on themselves, bragged about mutilating animals to their friends

. Dr. Randall Lockwood, Ph.D. Senior Vice President for Anti-Cruelty Field Services, for The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), who has written extensively on the link between animal abuse and human violence, wrote “Those who abuse animals for no obvious reason are budding psychopaths. They have no empathy and only see the world as what it’s going to do for them.”

School shooters generally have a common character flaws:1) a history of antisocial-personality traits, 2) suffer from mental illnesses such as depression or psychosis and 3) tend to obsess about how others, whether other individuals or society at large, have wronged them.
All of these character traits are also to be found in animal cruelty perpetrators and those who committed other violent acts.Ted Bundy Jeffrey Dahmer and John Wayne Gacy are infamous illustrations of this behavior and all presented to police and clinicians as having a complete absence of empathy. Both physical and cyber bullying permeate the fabric of our education systems in the United States and here in Canada. The British Columbia government is so concerned about this that they have launched a PSA campaign and website to combat this “Erasebullying.ca”  The campaign is specifically targeted to children and youth aged 13-18.This concern for bullying  is echoed worldwide had has prompted the introduction of International STAND UP to Bullying Day.  This is a special semi-annual event in which participants sign and wear a pink “pledge shirt” to take a visible, public stance against bullying. The event takes place in schools, workplaces, and organizations in 25 countries across the globe on the third Friday of November to coincide with Anti-bullying week, and then again on the last Friday of February       

Many schools across North America are introducing an Anti-Bullying contract to be entered into and signed by teachers, students and their parents or guardians. This contract created to combat the rising tide of bullying, alone, is a serious and critical indication of a lack of compassion in our children and youth today!

Youth suicides are at a record high as a result of bullying. This statistic contained in a recent British Columbia Global Television news cast reported that 9 young people have committed suicide, in BC alone, over the last 5 years; as a direct result of cyber, physical and verbal bullying.

The United States based website www. bullying statsistics.org states the following: As social networking and online social interaction becomes more and more popular with sites like Face book and Twitter, cyber bullying has become one of the most prevalent types of bullying that occurs between teens. About 80 percent of all high school students have encountered being bullied in some fashion online. These growing numbers are being attributed to youth violence including both homicide and suicide. While school shootings across the country are becoming more and more common, most teens that say they have considered becoming violent toward their peers, wish to do so because they want to get back at those who have bullied them online. About 35 percent of teens have been actually threatened online. About half of all teens admit they have said something mean or hurtful to another teen online. Most have done it more than once.

According to Wikipedia, Forty-nine states in the United States have passed school anti-bullying legislation, the first being Georgia in 1999. The one state without anti-bullying legislation is Montana. A watchdog organization called Bully Police USA advocates for and reports on anti-bullying legislation. In Canada the Ontario and Alberta governments have initiated legislation providing for anti-bullying laws. Ontario laws were enacted in 2012.

While looking at the tapestry of this critical lack of compassion in our society’s youth we have to include the statistics that animal cruelty perpetrators are now much younger than ever before! This fact is confirmed with founder and administrator of the Queen Waldorf Fights Back and Pet Abuse.com websites which keeps track of the most violent and animal cruelty crimes in North America. The founder whose name is not made public for security reasons, said”.  Some of the most violent crimes such as animal tortures are, in my experience, committed by youth.  Since there is a direct link to animal abuse and Conduct Disorders, diagnosis and early intervention is paramount in treating this serious psychiatric disorder.” 

According to the website Petabuse.com Animal abuse is in on the rise in North America .On November 12 the 2012 an RSPCA UK press release reported a rise in animal cruelty and stated that the number of cases of animal cruelty rose by 4% in the first nine months of 2012.

Cathy Kangas a Board of Directors member of the Humane Society of the United State writes in a January 18th 2013 Huffington post article: According to the Humane Society of the United States, researchers determined that between 71 percent and 83 percent of women entering domestic violence shelters reported that their partners also abused or killed the family pet.1

The British RSPCA (Royal Society for the Protection of Animals) stated in a recent press release “Animal cruelty, neglect and suffering are reaching “unprecedented levels“.

This absence of societal empathy among our youth also can be clearly evidenced from one highly significant resource! This the critical study conducted by the University of Michigan  who analyzed the personality tests of 13,737 students over 30 years and say that today’s college students are 40-per-cent less empathetic than those of the 1980s and 1990s ! Their study showed that the most notable and sizable empathy drop spiked after 2000 when social networks such as Face book and MySpace began to expand. These “literally” distant technical environments” allowed people to ionize their own lives and in doing so create emotional buffers between themselves and others (the world).This also creates a sensitization to another’s pain and an emotional disconnect from hurting others and animals.

The continuing evolution of inanimate social media such as Twitter, Face Book, Digg, Flickr, Youtube, Blogger, Reddit have provided a mechanism for transparent and virtually instant communication. However it has also been the significant factor in allowing young people to tune out and keep their emotions at bay, thus creating an ever increasing need for tools to combat this anesthetised communication with its notable absence of empathy.

While the majority of young adults may not come from highly dysfunctional families they come from families, where family time together and communication is minimal.  For so many families today’s economy necessitates that both parents work. Long hours working away from their children increase the ever widening gap between children and their sense of place and belonging. This and the ever increasing prevalence of a society that communicate via the latest smart phone just exacerbates this absence or need for feelings and the expression of emotions.

To find a place to begin in tackling this growing and unsettling lack of, or absence of empathy we must look to the historical and philosophical foundations of early learning. Fredrick Froebel.1782-1852, Jean Piaget,1896-1952, Maria Montessori, 1870- 1952, all well known to early childhood educators, were among some of the most world renowned philosophers of the belief that the primary years in a child’s grown are critical to forming solid foundations for children to grow into whole human beings.

Abram Maslow well known for Hierarchy of Needs model in 1940-50s theory supports this further and remains valid today for understanding human motivation, and personal development. In this Hierarchy of Needs model Maslow clearly outlines the foundations for normal human development and the necessary journey towards “actualization” the fullest whole potential that any individual can reach. In this hierarchy Maslow outlines five basic stages of growth: biological and psychological needs ( food  warmth sleep ect),  safety ( protection order security ect ) Society ( community, family, sense of belonging ), self esteem ( reputation achievements status, responsibilities ect ) and finally self- actualization ) reaching ones full emotional social and spiritual potential. If any one of these development platforms are not nurtured and provided to young children in these early learning stages of their lives in a healthy way; deviations and dysfunctional behaviors are created. When children and young adults do not feel validated and have a healthy self esteem, they lack the capacity to feel empathy. Their sense of being out of place, generally as a result of a highly dysfunctional family environment and an interrupted or damaged up bringing leads to rage and deviant behaviors. Individuals from families like this are more than likely to be the perpetrators of the most violent and deviant crimes and animal cruelty.

The most commonly seen deviant behaviors exhibited by those individuals from a seriously dysfunctional upbringing is rage expressed towards those seen to be those weaker than themselves, other family members and or animals. The Animal Cruelty Syndrome is now clearly   recognized by the American Psychiatric Association who state that this syndrome is serious presentation of a conduct disorder. According to a 1997 study done by the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) and Northeastern University, animal abusers are five times more likely to commit violent crimes against people and four times more likely to commit property crimes than are individuals without a history of animal abuse The link between abuse of animals , generally family pets and domestic violence is undeniable and statistically proven. If we accept that individuals who lack compassion, demonstrated by violence to animals and others have come from seriously dysfunctional role modeling, then it is that early upbringing within which we must influence in order to effect change.

Creating awareness and change in the early stages of an individual’s life must be the premise for the road to creating the foundations of healthy human beings. Therefore the place we must start to create that awareness and change is in the school system. We cannot change the foundations of family structures and their varying modes and models of upbringing for young children. However we can integrate humane education curriculum into our school systems that fosters the foundations of compassion and empathy. Primary and elementary school children spend and average of 30-35 hours of their lives at their school .By providing pre-school, kindergarten children and young adults with exposure to the concepts of compassion, empathy and the humane treatment of all living things; we have hope in counteracting this general lack of compassion in today’s society and influencing a new generation of young adults. This is where we have to begin. The need now for connecting with our children and youth and exposing them to the concepts of compassion and humane thinking, is greater than ever at any point previously in our history!

The early beginnings of this thinking with regard to what we refer now to as humane education can be traced back to John Locke 1632-1704 the Oxford university graduate who helped found the core thinking of western philosophy. A highly influential British scholar and philosopher Locke had a great concern for the welfare and humanity of children and a deep concern for their education and in creating sound minds and bodies. He wrote “For the custom of tormenting and killing other animals will by degrees harden their hearts even towards men: and they, who delight in suffering and destruction of inferior creatures, will not be apt to be very compassionate or benign to those of their own kind.

4 stages of cruelty no 1.jpg          This early and historical recorded concern for cruelty towards animals is further and later reflected in the visual portrayal of the work of British born William Hogarth, 1697-1764, Latin teacher and artist. Hogarth was deeply concerned about the abhorrent kinds of animal cruelty he witnessed on the 16th century working class London streets and created a serious of paintings entitled The Four Stages of Cruelty. Hogarth created the serious with a specific purpose. He stated that he had created the images“in the hopes of preventing to some degree the cruel treatment of poor animals which makes the streets of London more disagreeable to the human mind… the very describing of which gives pain.”

Hogarth believed that the cruelty to animals he was witnessing underscored other forms of social dysfunctions His 4 paintings illustrate acts such as blinding a bird the with a hot object, a pair of cats suspended and hung form a lamppost and a stray dog with a heavy object tied to its tail !

This historical  and visually compelling body of Hogarth’s work and the thinking behind it can be categorically be seen as the first recorded evidence of the fact that animal cruelty is in fact a symptom and reflection of larger abnormal social  pattern and behaviours. By today’s understanding this can described as some form of humane education in that both Locke and Hogarth felt a deep need to influence society and address what they both saw as serious societal flaws .Both Hogarth and Locke drew some form of parallel between society’s mistreatment of animals as a sickly symptom of the ills of society, violence and crime.

These “observations” have evolved into what we now know as The Animal Cruelty Syndrome, a form of conduct disorder identified by the American Psychiatric Association who considers animal cruelty as one of the diagnostic criteria of conduct disorder. Animal cruelty is now known as the signature pathology of violent offenders.

If we look at the roots and history of humane education in its more concrete and originating form we look at the inspiring work of American  George Thorndike Angell 1823-1909, lawyer , teacher, humanitarian and animal lover. The son of an educator Angell was extremely interested in education as a vehicle to combat animal cruelty. Like his historical forerunners Locke and Hogarth Angell had come to understand that in teaching children to show compassion towards animals facilitated the overall development of good character. 

After the end of the American Civil war it was purported that educating and influencing the characters of children was a positive step towards creating upstanding and good citizens. This time in American history was the perfect window for Angell to begin his work with teaching children of all ages, to show compassion. He began his work by illuminating the need to show that animals in the everyday lives of children, the cats dogs rabbits birds and horses ECT, must be shown kindness and given protection. This was the foundational premise for his Bands of Mercy work

Band of Mercy Badge, late 19th century.  Collection of Scotlund Haisley

Angell’s work with the children in his Bands of Mercy organization, founded in 1881, is with no question the early foundations of Humane Education. Angell wrote various short essays entitled “ 12 Lessons on Kindness to Animals “and included such subjects as the kindness to horses and that a horse’s metal bit should be warmed before it was put into the horse’s mouth. Along with this he created short questionnaires in which the children were required to read a short paragraph and then choose the correct answer to the questions .The lessons were sent free to children in the 85,000 Bands of Mercy groups throughout the world. Angell’s long term vision for all children to show kindness and respect for all living things gravitated rapidly across America. Although Angel’s primary focus in his mission for the children who joined his Bands of Mercy groups, was to deal with individual acts of cruelty inflicted on the animals present in the everyday lives of the children, his vision for sowing the seeds of kindness and compassion could not reach the institutionalized  cruelty of industries such as Fur farms.

Angell was devoted to animals. In 1868 he worked tirelessly to achieve Massachusetts’s first general anti-cruelty legislation. This was as a result of learning that two horses and been brutally raced for 40 miles over rough terrain and then dropped dead. He was horrified!

In 1889 Angell founded the American Humane Education Society He was also the founder of the then ground breaking publication dedicated to animal welfare “ “Our Dumb Animals” Over 25,000 copies were distributed The mission statement for the publication was “To speak for those who cannot speak for themselves.”

Sadly the onset of World War IIwas the key cause for the disbanding of Angell’s Bands of Mercy Groups. Children, their families and society had a far greater and pressing focus. Another key factor affecting the demise of the Bands of Mercy was that Angell’s’ work was not integrated into and institutionalised by the education systems at that time.

The definition of the word “humane” as defined by the Merriam Webster dictionary is“To be marked by compassion, sympathy, or consideration for humans or animalsIt is the word humane that best embodies the kinds of curriculum and education we need to offer in the schools and that will instill, inspire and create a sense of compassion in children and our youth  And from the words of the father of humane education George T Angell we must work at the roots!

A great deal has changed since the times and life of George Angell and his Bands of Mercy. We live in a radically different socioeconomic climate. We live in a society flooded with new technology I Pads and Tablets, communications that are dulled by the white noise of advertising, movies, and the daily Tweeting onslaught of celebrity’s lifestyles and fall outs. Our family lives are harried and fragmented by the need to work harder and longer, driven by a general and rising increased cost of living.

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Since the brief but global Spice Girls phenomenon young girls have been sexualized far too early .Young children from ages as early as 5 years are exposed to behaviours, clothing and ideas far too emotionally mature for their intellectual abilities to handle. Misguided parents paint, dress up and parade their little girls teaching them to pout and sway their hips in the hopes of becoming the next child beauty pageant queen. Advertisers and their ever watchful eye have now indentified a new “Tweenie” market to peddle princess wear, jewellery, make up and even cell phones!

         We are now seeing an ever increasing need for counselling and support for our young solders, witness to the most heinous acts of barbarism while away from their homes. Daily we hear about one politician or another found guilty of corruption. We watch the news and hear about yet another child abuse or kidnapping, suicide, hostage taking, homicide, or another case of heinous animal cruelty!  Our minds become numb, sensitised to all the violence, so we just change channels and munch on our potatoes chips .With all this coming at us like a battering ram how can we be expected to take time talk to our children about our humanity and the need for compassion, kindness and empathy in our lives? We can’t.

          While this sadly tragic snapshot of western life is debilitating, we can draw strength from the very early roots of humane education. While George Angell’s pioneer vision did not survive for very long, those roots were nurtured and kept alive through the work of others who came after him. In 1915 inspired by Dr. William O’Stillmanleader of the AHA’s, American Humane Association, “Be Kind to Animals Week “was founded. During this week, visits to local schools were made to promote the development of humane education and to publicize the good works of the nation’s humane societies. Be kind to Animals Week” is still an annual event, hosted by the American Humane Society.

         World Animal Day, founded in Florence Italy in 1931 was created by a group of compassionate ecologists whose mission was to celebrate the October 4th 1182 birthday of Italian Saint Francis of Assisi who loved all animals. World Animal Day is still celebrated annually all over the world.  There are now ambassadors in over 60 countries who speak out and for World Animal Day and the need to show compassion to all sentient non human beings.

          Our world today is vastly different of the world lived in by George Angell and as a society we are deeply flawed and in trouble. However with regard to the “intervention” if you like of our children and youth there is hope. Humane education today is quite different in its presentations than that of George Angell but it is slowly growing as a much needed focus. Change is in the air.

Founded in 1948 by Anna C  Brigs The National Humane Education Society (NHES),  based in  Charles Town, West Virginia, is a non profit animal welfare organization Their mission is to foster a sentiment of kindness to animals in children and adults. As well as rescue, relief assistance for animals and adoption services, they also provide educational presentations to all ages of individuals through their Humane Education & Advocacy Department.

            From Wikipedia the Institute for Humane Studies founded in 1961 in Menlo Park, California by F. A. Harper was created in order to promote peace, prosperity, and social harmony by fostering a greater understanding of human affairs and freedom. The institute offers scholarships and programs to all those in pursuit of a better world through education and training. Founded in 1996 by Zoe Wiel and based in Surry ME The Institute of Humane Education offered the first ever Humane Education training and continues to offer professional development , online training , workshops and presentations to teachers, students and the public. Ms. Wiel’s book The Power and Promise of Humane Education   is a must have resource for anyone in this field. Ms Wiel stated in an interview with TREE HUGGER, that humane education must be infused as regular curricula into all schools throughout the United States and that at present only a handful of states provide for some humane education; in a limited number of schools. The Institute of Humane Education is a non profit organization and dedicated to making a better world through humane education, creating and inspiring a respect and reverence for all living things, animals, our environment and each other

          Teach Kind an initiative created by PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals also offers human education resources and free materials for humane education teachers who wish to bring this kind of humane thinking to primary and elementary school children. Susan Hargreaves of Earth Save Miami has been spearheading an effort to get humane education into Florida schools. She’s been successful at introducing these issues into countless classrooms, reaching individuals ranging from ages 5 to 20 and approximately over 4,500 children. Earth Save promotes the values ofinspiring compassion and love, stimulates critical thinking ,provides factual information and offers positive lifestyle choices. Efforts to have humane education integrated into regular school curriculums are far greater in the United Sates, than in Canada.

In Canada all human education in left up to the animal welfare organizations to provide Canada has no dedicated institute or organization and this must change. While both the British Columbia and Ontario SPCA probably have the strongest and greatest wealth of humane education materials and resources it is not or ever will be enough. The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies CFHS offers a wonderful Humane Education kit that can be purchased on line for $25 .This is an invaluable resource for those individuals and teachers interested in bringing humane education concepts to their students Canada however does not offer any certified training as a Humane Educator. Anyone interested this field must pursue this through the US based Institute of Humane Education and The Humane Society of the United States University.

In 1996 Canadian Mary Gordon, educator, author, child advocate and parenting expert recognized internationally as an award-winning social , entrepreneur created the initial curriculum for her Roots of Empathy and began piloting the program in Toronto. In 2000 she established the national and international organization Roots of Empathy, which now offers programs in every province of Canada, New Zealand, the USA, the Isle of Man, the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, England, Wales, Scotland, and Germany. Ms Gordon’s program allows young people to be introduced to a young baby and their family. Throughout the school year the children get to know the baby and watch their growth while seeing and taking about the baby’s expressions, progress and feelings. Though these experiences the children are exposed to how the baby and its family express their fear, sadness and joy. This is possibly the only and current humane education type program that is universally offered throughout Canada.

          When we think of humane education we automatically think of animals. To see why we think this we can start by remembering George Angell who knew by connecting the children at that time with animals, the strays, pets and farm animals in their everyday lives, he could offer the children an experience of relating to a living sentient being who showed feelings and actions., from the kinds of animals that that they could easily associate with.

          The same premise for the foundations of Angell’s “humane education”: is even truer today. We need only look at the statistics provided by the American Pet Products Association to confirm this and see how great the importance is of the animals (pets) in our lives are to us and the love we have for them. In the US alone here are approximately 78.2 million owned dogs and approximately 86.4 million owned cats. In 2012 in the US according to the association Americans   spent, $53.33 billion spent on their pets! There are no concrete statistics for the number of dog and cat owners in Canada.

We consider our pets our family. The use of the term “companion animal” is used globally. We have funeral services, birthday parties with cakes and presents, spa treatments and day care for our pets, therefore it continues to make the best sense to introduce our children and youth to the concepts and ideals of humane education though the inter-actional experiences with our animal friends.

When conventional therapy is unable to reach a child, animals and their unconditional love, trust, patience and support are used to assist in healing and to reach goals, The PAWWS to Heal non profit organization based in Madison Wisconsin is specially designed for this and matches up certified pet therapy animals with children who have challenges. Another clear example of an animal’s power to heal and teach the world about compassion are the programmes in which inmates are matched up with dogs who need training and socialization so they may become more easily adopted. Two such successful programs are two US based Paws on Parole and Prison Pups. In both programmes one inmate is assigned to one special chosen dog for several months. During this time the inmates live with that dog 24/7 feed, sleep, exercise and work with that dog. During the time that the inmates work with the dog their behaviour changes. They become more open to talking about feelings and for many inmates it is the first time that have learned to love something sentient. It is life changing for both the dogs and their inmate partners. Each gives and receives unconditional love to the other. This is humane education in another form.

Our companion Animals are part of our everyday lives. They guide the sight disadvantaged, those of us who are disabled or traumatised and greet us when we arrive home tired and stressed  from work .Animals are gifts to our world  and can show us the way to being compassionate.

As young people mature other aspects of the thinking at the core of humane education, a respect and reference for our environment and each other can be introduced.  As an example while on a walk with a group of Kindergarten children we can talk about the “happiness” shown by the dog running in the park and the love shown towards them by their guardian We can take care walking not to break branches, or tread on the ants crossing the concrete in front of us, or disturb the butterfly we see poised motionless on a nearby flower.

While humane education in its broadest sense is concerned with the wider picture of instilling and inspiring an accountability reference and respect for all living things, our environment and each other, animals are the initial and only way to introduce our young children and youth to these concepts.

Animals suffer silently in the industrialized cruelty of factory farming, scientific research, are hunted, trapped and skinned for their fur. These brutal truths are too raw and barbaric to bring into the lives of our young children. However to create a new society of compassionate young adults, who will care about these issues  our environment and each other, we must start in a place that is safe and recognizable with both our children and their families , with the animals we see on a daily basis. Looking into the eyes of an animal is our first window into the world of another.

On April 2nd of this year the Huffington Post reported this story of animal cruelty. Last week, in Monteo North Carolina a group of kids approached Jackson a black and white stray cat, threw him into the air, ran over him with their bikes and squirted energy drinks in his face. The bullies reportedly varied in age were from 5 to 13! While yet further evidence that animal cruelty abusers are getting younger, one remarkable and courageous action stands out! While highlighting this heinous animal abuse, action by another child gives us a glimmer of hope. A young boy called Wendell Overton 10 yrs old saw what was going on shouted at the group of bullies, ran over and scooped up Jackson ( as he has now been named) in his arms.

He took him home to his Mother who called the Outer Banks SPCA. Jackson is now recovering at the SPCA and will be up for adoption when his injuries are healed. Wendell has been receiving cards and letters of thanks from all over the state, for his act of compassion and courage, in saving this little cat. This compassion is what we want to instill and inspire in all our children and youth

          While traditionally and historically humane education has originated and remained in the hands of the animal shelters, humane societies and SPCA branches, this categorically cannot be allowed to continue! They are overburdened enough in their key mission to rescue, shelter, rehabilitate and re-home animals and by their very nature and size cannot in any way meet the needs of reaching all our children and youth .Humane education MUST first be acknowledged by our governments, teaching intuitions and the public as paramount to raising healthy whole compassionate young adults And further that the only concrete method in creating this foundation, is by providing human education curriculum via integration into our school systems throughout North America.

When we take a careful look at our society of young people anesthetised by modern technology, forced to dilute and keep their feelings at bay, the violence and disarray in our current daily lives; our only hope for change is to “talk” to the youngest members of our new generation. Yes change is in the air..However we have a very long journey in front of us.

          Taken from the Massachusetts SPCA website; from the father of humane education George Angell’s collection of quotes  “I am sometimes asked, “Why do you spend so much time and money talking about kindness to animals when there is so much cruelty to men?? I answer: I am working at the roots’

Small changes may be evolving, but this is where we must begin and we must act now!

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COPYRIGHT (SJW) Sarah J. West Founder CFAWR Canadians for Animal Welfare Reform. Victoria BC Canada Canadian Ambassador World Animal day

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There has been much by way of   emailing between parties with reference to the controversial No Kill Movement, and in addressing the issues and conversation that ensued, I have received permission from Ms. West to copy and paste her response in one of her communiques.    My own comments are made first and I agree wholeheartedly with Ms. West.

Bloggers Comments:

Over population is definitely NOT and animal problem.  It is in fact a HUMAN problem period!  Every single day, in every single town, city and province countless kittens and puppies are born and cats and dogs are either turned into shelters, are found abandoned and dumped.  Why, because educating the masses as well try to do, stressing the need for spay/neuter is being totally ignored by the ignorant, the money hungry and the irresponsible pet owners not only in Canada but elsewhere throughout the US and every country on the Globe.  It is a HUMAN problem.  We see it everyday, and we clean up the mess and horror left behind.

As far as the laws governing companion animals in this country, we all know how archaic and antiquated these laws are, yet each time a new Bill is brought before the House to improve the legislation and declassify animals as mere property, it is voted down by the current government in power.  Further, shelter funding for the most part is not subsidized by provincial or federal funding and often depends solely upon donations.  What municipally owned shelters there are, are dictated to by the municipal bureaucrats who dictate!!

Over burdened shelters, and especially No-Kill Shelters trying so desperately to find forever homes for those in need,  unlicensed back yard breeders, the human failures of spaying and neutering companion animals, the total lack of responsible pet owners and the failure of municipal, provincial and federal government to properly address the issues of inadequate veterinary services in many areas across Canada, the Federal Legislation, the lack of very real animal protection By-Laws within our communities, municipalities and not having enough qualified, fully educated Animal Cruelty Investigators within each SPCA, town, city, municipality and province/territory is also part of the problem.

We need the powers of Seizure to save distressed animals held in the confines of ongoing neglect, disregard and failures to provide the necessities of life.  Here in Canada, we need the powers that are given to SPCA’s within the US.  Here instead we must depend upon the local police forces for seizure and quite honestly folks they have enough on their hands and distressed and abused animals are the last of their concerns.

Major movements within this country and elsewhere, as Sarah has pointed out, must have one focus to be effective Any problem regarding animal welfare is NOT  a single faceted one The No Kill Solution is taking the shelters to task.  This is one of the problems we have with bad shelter management, lack of cooperation with rescues, not socializing dogs and the list goes on!

We have seen the scandals surrounding the OSPCA, my God my computer files are enormous on that particular issue alone.  Then you take into account the Whistler case, that massive slaughter was unnecessary and fueled only by greed and a failure to effectively monitor such operations. The subsequent investigation into the slaughter was too little too late, and the outcome of the judgement issued by the Courts for this mass murder was merely a slap on the wrist.

WE must, support each other.  WE must be united period.  WE must not criticize or judge that which is being done by any one group or organization in their fight to end cruelty to animals in this country or anywhere else period.  Dissention among the troops proves only to make the army very shaky and ineffective.  While one has the right to disagree, and I will defend that right, we all have one common goal and purpose..to save animals.  Since the Federal Government shows total disrespect and total disregard, often branding many of us as ‘terrorists’ if we speak out against the lack of very real Animal Protection, cutting off charitable status to organizations that openly oppose current ridiculous antiquated legislation and policies..we have only each other from which to draw strength and resources.

 

Ms. West writes:

Areas of Focus That must be Addressed Regarding Pet Overpopulation and Animal Cruelty

 

  1. Education and awareness both public the government courts police and the media ( Bonnie is working on this )
  2. Education and awareness both public the government courts police and the media that animals are sentient beings
  3. Education and awareness with regards to THE CAMBRIDGE DECLARATION ( that animals have the same consciousness as we do) yes we all know this but it’s NOT public knowledge and  certainly NOT known and recognized by the public courts government police and media
  4. Education and awareness via humane education in elementary schools ( I am working on getting certified as a humane educator ) for CFAWR
  5. Education and awareness with regards to the Animal Cruelty Syndrome ( for the public courts, government and media)
  6. Getting the TERM “ Companion Animal” listed in our dictionaries and  as  working on getting the use of this TERM in precedence setting legal cases
  7. Debunking the myth that shelter ect are somehow inferior or broken
  8. The destruction of whose who run puppy mills and back yard breeder
  9. Education and awareness regarding the necessity and positives if spaying and neutering
  10. Creating ways to make spaying and neutering ( more accessible and affordable ) for the public  Mobile vets  and subsidised procedures by the veterinary profession for low income citizens
  11. Legislation that bans the sale of puppies and kitten from pet stores ( Canada wide)
  12. Acceptability of TNR programmes by municipalities ( Canada wide)
  13.  Complete transparency and better shelter management by shelters and humane societies ( FOCUS for the NO KILL MOVEMENT) and Bill Bruce the Calgary Model Bonnie also working on this
  14.  Animals removed as property from the Canadian criminal code and PROPER Animal welfare legislation brought into Canada ( CFAWR is trying to work on this tiny step  by tiny step
  15.  Creating and establishing relationships with those MP’s trying to make changes to federal and provincial cruelty legislation ( Peggy Nash Mac Harb Mark Holland ect
  16.  Contraception for cats and dogs Alliance for Contraception in Cats and Dogs
  17. Cohesiveness, elimination of back biting and power struggles inherent in many animal welfare rescuers and groups ( animal advocacy underground)
  18. Animal advocacy volunteer training/ support regarding education speaking with media, animal care and networking for animals in need

 

If we have groups and movements taking on any of these’ issues of this multi-faceted program…. it is a good thing!   No one group can do it all and we cannot criticize each other if any one of us feel that something is fundamentally wrong with a specific group then don’t work with them  Keep doing what you are doing, but I feel other than that we must work together as Bonnie says.

 

Think about this list above.  This is a huge problem  almost beyond comprehension but we can neither be “ overwhelmed” or critical.  All efforts are helping and the No Kill movement may be doing some things you don’t like  but the fact that Nathan Winograd has started this is a good thing.  Many animals lives have been saved by his movement and that is a good thing regardless. I for one glad am he is on the ground fighting back with the No Kill Movement

All of us have to pick one focus and working on creating a dove- tail relationships with others who have a different  mandate and focus! It is out of “ combined” efforts that will and do make a difference for all the animals we care for so deeply.

 

We can’t change other countries but we can all come together to do what we can for Canada and her animals and creatures, wild, marine, stray ,farm and companion.

 

Sincerely

 

Sarah West Founder/President

Canadians For Animal Welfare Reform (CFAWR) www.cfawr.org

Contact us via cfawr@telus.net  

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MAY 11, 2011 A TRAGIC DAY TO REMEMBER

 

More and more, public awareness of the outrageous, unforgivable treatment inflicted on the lives of innocent animals is proving to be a driving force for positive action.

One year ago today, a VIGIL, protesting the needless murder of 102 unlucky shelter animals held at the Newmarket, Ontario shelter was launched. Below are just a few of the many pictures taken during the 2011 VIGIL.

Today, May 11, 2012 marks the Second Anniversary and once again, dedicated, caring people are gathering to honor these lost lives taken due to indifference and apparent complacency on the part of the caregivers to which these precious lives were entrusted.

The fact that today’s MEMORIAL VIGIL is even taking place is evidence in itself, that SOMETHING HAS GOT TO CHANGE IN ONTARIO.  This incident SHOULD NEVER have happened in the first place!!!!!

In March 2009 a great deal of Hype was publicized about Ontario enacting the Strongest Animal Protection Law in Canada.  Congratulations to Ontario!!

  Note the sarcasm here!!!!

McGuinty Government Modernizes Animal Cruelty Laws

http://news.ontario.ca/mcscs/en/2008/11/stronger-protection-for-animals-in-ontario.html

“Today is an historic day for our province when it comes to animal protection. Ontario has passed legislation that will give us the strongest animal protection laws in Canada, and bring more abusers to justice.”

 – Rick Bartolucci
Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Service

Clearly obvious by the scandal and subsequent Inquiry launched by Mr. Klees resulting in the report finally being published: http://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2011/06/04/news-from-ontario-ospca-full-report-released-finally/

Excerpt: “The report said a couple of things which made my blood boil, one of them being 57 animals euthanized. Well we all know that is not true. From the very beginning in their attempt to make themselves look transparent to the public they itemized exactly where the 102 animals were, how many were in foster care and those that went to alternate clinics. So how do they get off saying there were only 57.  Please do not blame the investigators for that.”

A great deal must be done to improve the Ontario situation.  Thus far it is most questionable as to whether anything at all POSITIVE has been done to protect the lives of innocent animals in Ontario, whose sole crime was to be born. 

Many animals have AND CONTINUE TO FALL VICTIM to irresponsible and uncaring owners that allow continued breeding, failing to spay and neuter their pet, allowing them to roam freely and THUS  contribute to an ever expanding population of unwanted and discarded animals.

WAKE UP PEOPLE!!!!!

Much gratitude is due to ALL those who continue to fight, in Ontario, the injustices inflicted upon  animals in Ontario.  Gratitude must be given to those who REMEMBER and who continually REMIND us that WE are all RESPONSIBLE.  Reminding us too, that each and every one of us CAN DO something POSITIVE, to MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!!!  Special thanks to you for allowing me to use these pictures.

YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN!!

    2011 VIGIL

  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrM1F2hm85I

“Miracle of Life”

Come quick”, their mother said, “The time is getting near”;
She feels that when the kittens come the children should be here.
She told them that a big orange Tom took “Kitty” as his wife,
“It’s wonderful, a gift from God, the miracle of life”.

At half a year young “Kitty” feels too painful and too scared,
To appreciate six miracles, blind-eyed and yellow haired.
But she knows these lives depend on her and nature tells her how,
And as she cleans them, children ask “Mom, can we go now?”

But now and then, for six more weeks the children visit her,
To play with six new magic toys, made of life and fur.

The six weeks pass, the newness gone and new homes yet unfound,
Mom bundles up six miracles and takes them to the pound,
Where lovingly, with gentle hands and no tears left to cry,
The shelter workers kiss them once and take them off to die.

And “Momma Kitty”, now she’s called, mourns her loss and then,
She’s put outside, and of course, she’s pregnant once again.
Dad tells “Kitty” STOP THIS NOW or you won’t live here long!,
But deep inside of Momma Cat, this time something’s wrong.

Too young, too small, too often bred now nature’s gone awry,
Momma Kitty feels it too and she crawls off to die.
She too is freed from this cruel world, and from her time of strife.
How harsh the truth, how high the price, this “Miracle of Life”

- Veterinarian, Dr Barry Taylor-from Manxalot Rescue

OSPCA Scandals are readily located by Googling:

http://www.ospcatruth.com

http://www.torontosun.com/2011/05/17/ospca-receives-euthanasia-report

http://www.facebook.com/notes/ora-animalrescue/ora-guest-advocate-feature-cruelty-in-hamilton-ospca-aware-and-doing-nothing-by-/223617177650839

VERITAS: FUMBLE – OSPCA PUTS DOWN ITS CREDIBILITY

http://www.breakthroughblog.ca/2010/05/veritas-fumble-ospca-puts-down-its.html

http://davenportdemocracy.blogspot.com/2011/04/bad-guy-tim-trow-toronto-humane-society.html

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The title of this post is a direct quote from a young gentleman charged with law enforcement and the protection of citizens and animals alike due to the position and responsibilities that position entails.

Rather says it all does it not??

Canada, the golden land of opportunity, welcoming with open arms all manner of newcomers, be they individuals looking to provide better lives for their families, or foreign investments looking to make a profit on the backs of our environment, our fresh water resources and our vast untapped mineral resources.    Welcome….

Sarcastic remark…yes admittedly.

Canada, a land where the exploitation, suffering and lack of proper Federal Legislation, allows for horrendous Factory Farms, the continued unabated suffering in puppy mills, kitten mills, horse slaughter, the failure to protect domestic animals, strays, ferals..my gosh you name it…

Every year the Animal Legal Defense Fund issues it’s annual report naming the Best and the Worst places for an animal to live, based on the Provincial/Territorial Animal Protection Legislation in place.  It would be safe to possibly conclude that reported cases of animal cruelty, the consequences faced by the perpetrator of such horrors and the overall outcome of Judicial proceedings may/may not also be taken into account.  Afterall, as I have stated far too often to count…laws are not worth the paper they are written upon if they are not stringently enforced and justice for the animal victims is obtained.

Note that you may download your own copy of the ALDF Report by visiting their site, it is a one time free download which is updated yearly.

Here’s the full ranking list: as of the report issued in 2010 and 2011.  You will note that very little has changed.  The NWT and Nunavut were tied as the Best Place to Abuse Animals in 2010.  However with the victorious three year battle for animal protection in the NWT, seeing the new NWT Dog Act come into effect in May 2011 (still only pertains to dogs) the NWT moved from Worst to now rank No. 11 in the Bottom Tier.  Nunavut is now the Best Place to Abuse Animals and Alberta and Quebec also have remained stagnant in the Bottom Tier.

Quebec has moved down a notch ranking at number 11 now.  Congrats to Quebec….which brings us to the issue of Berger Blanc in Montreal.

For years Montrealers have been loudly protesting the horrific cruelty that animals are subjected to thanks to Berger Blanc.  Are they being listened to??  Obviously not at all.  The horrors continue without consequence.

Just what will it take to SHUT DOWN Berger Blanc????????  What will it take for the taxpayed politicians in Montreal who hold their positions/jobs and lifestyles to come clean and do the right thing and meet the demands of the Montrealers to shut this operation of gross horrors down?????

Will it take International Scrutiny?  Will it take the shining light of NEGATIVITY, the Public Humiliation and the Pointing of Global Fingers and Protest before the powers that be in Montreal do something?????  It certainly seems that way.  Will it take the NEGATIVE effect such publicity can have on needed TOURISM, and subsequent retail and hospitality industry losses before the Powers that BE wake up and ‘get it’???

Unfortunately that is exactly what it sometimes takes.  The NEGATIVE spotlight that shone so brightly on the NWT (Northwest Territories) for over three years drew Global as well as North American attention.  Emails, comments, loud voices from around the world played a very large part in bringing about much needed positive change here.  The support from large Canadian Animal Advocate Groups, that took a stance, submitted their own letters and critiques to the Territorial Government in support of the Legislative changes, the documented and pictorial evidence which I prepared and submitted on a regular basis, the countless study papers on the LINK between Animal Cruelty and Human Violence which I also submitted and the needed support from NWT residents….all of it played a huge role in winning, for the first time in NWT history, protection for dogs up here.

So if the same must be done to enable the caring, responsible pet lovers and owners in Montreal to be heard…to have For Profit Berger Blanc……scrutinized and pointed at by Global fingers…..if it must take a Global protest to end the horrors these innocent animals endure at the hands of Berger Blanc…….then So Be It.

Berger Blanc is a shining example of inadequate Provincial Legislation to Protect Animals.  Berger Blanc is a perfect example of the archaic, inadequate Canadian Federal Animal Protection Legislation that permeates this country and allows such operations to exist.

In a joint effort with Quebec contacts, more information concerning this appalling, disgusting, intolerable, inhumane, irresponsible, unacceptable situation will be exposed on a grand scale to the International/Global community.

UNITED we made a positive difference in the Northwest Territories, UNITED we can make a positive difference in Montreal and Quebec period!!

A year since Berger Blanc Cruelty

http://www.examiner.com/article/a-year-since-berger-blanc-cruelty

Montreal Animal Advocacy Examiner
Berger Blanc events — 19 April 2011

“On Thursday April 21 at 20:00 Radio Canada’s investigative program Enquête presents a disturbing exposé of Berger Blanc, the for-profit business entrusted with control of, and care for, Montréal’s exploding population of unwanted companion animals, a population which has now reached crisis proportions. This program, Mauvais Berger, exposes Berger Blanc’s abysmal standards of animal care and customer service, and lack of promotion of responsible pet ownership.

The images and issues addressed in Mauvais Berger invite a wider consideration of how this for-profit business, unrestrained by weak municipal by-laws, inadequate provincial legislation or effective monitoring, thrives on an ever-expanding supply of abandoned animals. Berger Blancs’ disregard of this fundamental problem of overpopulation ensures a constant flow of ‘clients’, and hence its own financial advancement.

Further, a lack of insistence on rigorous contractual accountability by the municipalities who deal with Berger Blanc aggravates this disgraceful situation. Neither the treatment and ultimate fate of the more than 30,000 animals transiting annually through the Berger Blanc (with sky-high euthanasia rates), nor the exact use of taxpayers’ cash, appear to be of significant concern for any of those associated with this scandalous enterprise.”

http://www.montrealdogblog.com/7052/enquete-presents-disturbing-expose-berger-blanc/

The last protest of 2011 organized by SPA Canada

Montreal Animal Advocacy Examiner

http://www.examiner.com/article/the-last-protest-of-2011-organized-by-spa-canada

Excerpt: “More than six months ago, the Society for the Protection of Animals (SPA) Canada declared war on pounds thanks to an undercover operation that took place at the Animal Control facility under the name of Berger Blanc. “

 

TIER STANDINGS IN 2011 (note 2012 standings have yet to be published)

2011 Canadian Animal Protection Laws Rankings  

http://www.aldf.org/article.php?id=1713


Comparing Overall Strength & Comprehensiveness

Top Tier:

1. Ontario
2. Manitoba
3. New Brunswick

4. Nova Scotia

Middle Tier:

5. Saskatchewan
6. Yukon
7. British Columbia

8. Prince Edward Island
9. Newfoundland & Labrador

Bottom Tier:

10. Alberta
11. Northwest Territories
12. Quebec
13. Nunavut

Top Tier:

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

Middle Tier:

  • 5. Yukon
  • 6. British Columbia
  • 7. Saskatchewan
  • 8. Prince Edward Island
  • 9. Newfoundland and Labrador

Bottom Tier:

  • 10. Alberta
  • 11. Quebec
  • 12. Northwest Territories, Nunavut (tie)

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www.youtube.com

The fallen Whistler sled dogs (2010), have inspired world-wide action for changes to animal protection and animal cruelty legislation. This is their story.
Please watch this beautiful memorial video

www.globaltvbc.com

Charge approved in Whistler sled dog case
More terrific News:  OPERATION SLED DOG
An amazing success story showing how dedication, commitment and compassion saves lives.  Rescued Quebec Huskies…..and now loving homes.    Please go to FB page Operation Sled Dog to learn more on this amazing journey.  https://www.facebook.com/OperationSledDogs
To all those wonderful people we owe a debt of gratitude.  Without their perseverance and determination ……  it is unimaginable what may have happened to these beautiful animals.
CIRCULATING ON F.B. FROM OPERATION SLED DOG
B.C. Proclamation Honoring Whistler Sled Dogs

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A dear friend sent me this video…it says it all really.

Canada continues to import Dog/Cat fur products from China….this must end.  Enough blood is on the hands of Canada, between the horrific continued Seal Slaughter (Canada negotiating deal with China for seal products which resulted in Animal Welfare protests by some Chinese citizens);  Canada imports US mustangs into this country for slaughter in Canadian death houses;  dog breeder in Canada breeds beagles to send to research labs, Quebec puppy mills raided, 100’s of dogs rescued and put down;  kitten mills thrive, wild horses in Alberta being murdered;  retired race horses going to Quebec slaughter houses;  not to mention sport hunting;  not to mention Factory Farm animals being burned alive due to failure to ensure safety measures;  dogs/cats being abandoned, tortured, discarded like trash…..

Enough is enough!!  http://youtu.be/E2rjXbxi_gk

 ► 4:55► 4:55 www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2rjXbxi_gk18 Sep 2008 – 5 min – Uploaded by LadyHawkes
Am The Owner Of This Coat  Song was written and recorded by Maria Daines and Paul Killington from  

 Stop the Canadian Import of Dog and Cat Fur Products from Asia

http://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2009/10/04/stop-the-canadian-import-of-dog-and-cat-fur-products-from-asia/

CFAWR Challenges P.M. Harper and the Honourable Kathy Dunderdale: Do the RIGHT thing: End the Seal Hunt!!

http://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2012/04/11/cfawr-challenges-p-m-harper-and-the-honourable-kathy-dunderdale-do-the-right-thing-end-the-seal-hunt/

NDP CALLS ON GOVERNMENT TO SHUT DOWN HORSE SLAUGHTER INDUSTRY

http://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2011/12/17/ndp-calls-on-government-to-shut-down-horse-slaughter-industry/

HORRIFIC STATS ON FACTORY FARM ANIMALS BURNED ALIVE IN JUST FOUR DAYS IN CANADA

http://giftofloki.wordpress.com/?s=statistics%2C+factory+farm+animals

Actions Speak Louder than Words

http://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2012/02/26/actions-speak-louder-than-words/

Remember, fur belongs to the animal wearing it, it looks far better on them than as a collar or cuff on some coat, glove or boot.  The new fake furs are beautiful, cheaper and take less care.

Photographs are life long trophies, reminders of having witnessed the animal in the wild, the majesty of their freedom…..a head stuck on the wall does not.

Stroking ones ego at the cost of a life is unforgivable.

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For more information:
Ryan Cotter
(613) 992-3213

BACKGROUNDER:

Dr. Hedy Fry’s bill: An Act to amend the Canadian Criminal Code (animal cruelty)

• Introduces the term ‘negligent’ and defines it as “departing markedly from the standard of care that a reasonable person would use”;
• Makes it an offense to kill any animal without a lawful excuse. Lawful excuse includes: hunting, fishing, farming, euthanasia, and protection of life and property. THESE PRACTICES ARE FULLY PROTECTED;
• Makes it an offence to kill an animal with ‘brutal or vicious intent’, whether or not the animal dies immediately;
• Introduces a definition of ‘animal’ and defines it as “a vertebrate, other than a human being”;
• Includes specific offences for poisoning, injuring or killing a law enforcement animal while it is working;
Moves animal cruelty out of the property section of the criminal code to better reflect contemporary Canadian values of seeing animals not merely as chattel but as beings capable or pain and suffering;
• Makes it an offense to train an animal to fight or receive money for animal fighting and training;
• Applies to all vertebrates equally whether or not they are owned or un-owned (wild, stray, etc.);
• Allows for a lifetime prohibition on future animal ownership (up from the current maximum of two years) and a minimum five-year prohibition for second or subsequent offences;
• Allows judges to order anyone convicted of cruelty to animals to pay restitution (such as veterinary bills and shelter costs) to the animal welfare organization that subsequently cared for the animal(s).
• Provides greater flexibility in sentencing by allowing animal cruelty crimes to be prosecuted as summary conviction or indictable offenses. Maximum penalties for an indictable offense would increase to a jail term of up to five years and unlimited fines; and for summary convictions, a maximum jail sentence of up to eighteen months and fine of up to $10,000.00.

Liberal MP Dr. Hedy Fry introduces 5 Private Members Bills | Hedy …

www.hedyfry.com/node/248

20 Sep 2011 – Liberal MP Dr. Hedy Fry (Vancouver Centre) today re-introduced five  “I reintroduced these bills because they have long been a priority for me,” explained Dr. Fry.  Moves animal cruelty out of the property section of the criminal code to better  is impersonal and they can therefore say whatever they want.

Please get in touch with  Dr Hedy Fry and do all you can to share this and support her bill ? Please also check out the CFAWR  link regarding Canada’s Animal Cruelty legislation .It is virtually nonexistent!  

 

Thank you  all,so much for your support!

 

CFAWR | Current Legislation

cfawr.org/current-legislation.php

Current Canadian Federal Animal Cruelty legislation has its roots dating back Richard Ryder writes that the first known legislation against animal cruelty in the .

 

Sarah West Founder/President

Canadians For Animal Welfare Reform (CFAWR) www.cfawr.org

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First from the Canadian Horse Defence Coalition……………………….Reposted

A sad anniversary

by canadianhorsedefencecoalition

“April 5th is the 4th month anniversary of the Pasture to Plate: The True Cost of Canada’s Horsemeat Industry report from the CHDC.”

A sad anniversary

by canadianhorsedefencecoalition

April 5th is the 4th month anniversary of the Pasture to Plate: The True Cost of Canada’s Horsemeat Industry report from the CHDC.

 

During the last 4 months, the CHDC attempted to engage the CFIA with two Open Letters, the first on January 4, 2012 and the second on March 13, 2012 in order to get answers regarding the slaughterhouse at La Petite-Nations and the discrepancies from the investigation as well as information being released by the CFIA in the media and in emails.

To date, the CFIA has not addressed any of the CHDC’s concerns.

Once again, here is the link for the Pasture to Plate investigation.  Also, please take the time to read the written report.  Only then will you get a true understanding of the issues horses face at slaughter in Canada.  And for our U.S. friends, please remember that if slaughterhouses re-open in your country, this is what awaits your horses no matter how hard the pro-slaughter side tries to pull the wool over an unsuspecting public.

It is imperative that we keep the pressure on the CFIA to obtain answers and to stop the atrocity of horse slaughter in Canada.

Please download a petition from either our web site or here on the blog to support Bill C-322. All the info you require has been provided in both places and in both English and French.

PLEASE HELP US HELP THEM.

This issue will not go away unless you, the taxpayer, demand that this inhumane industry is shut down forever. Thank you

http://www.defendhorsescanada.org/lpn.html

http://canadianhorsedefencecoalition.wordpress.com/2011/10/11/bill-c-322-petitions-and-supporter-instructions/

http://canadianhorsedefencecoalition.wordpress.com/pasture-to-plate/ – Link to written report

canadianhorsedefencecoalition | April 4, 2012 at 22:51 | Categories: Uncategorized | URL: http://wp.me/pUJ26-O3

 

Adena Springs launches equine retirement site

by canadianhorsedefencecoalition

04/05/2012 12:32PM

By Glenye Cain Oakford

 

Revised CHDC flyer uploaded

by canadianhorsedefencecoalition

Our revised two page flyer has been uploaded to our blog and can be found here: http://canadianhorsedefencecoalition.wordpress.com/chdc-documents/

Please print and distribute freely!

Thank you from the horses.

p.s. The French version will be forthcoming soon.

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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

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“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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