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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Summary:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

-OSPCA will no longer be able to invoice animal owners

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

Listen to Jack McLaren’s interview on CBC here.

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

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

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In Defense of Animals: eNews

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

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

The Guardian Campaign

A SEISMIC SHIFT IN THE WAY WE VIEW AND UNDERSTAND ANIMALS

 

 

 

New post on World Wide Legal Action 4 Animal Rights

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

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

NEW BRIEFING ON DOGS AND CATS IN THE EU

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

by LAAR

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

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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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Ontario PC Party Bill Would Gut Animal Cruelty Laws

 

A Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario bill before the legislature would gut animal cruelty laws and remove prohibitions on causing cruelty and distress to animals, says Lawyers for Animal Welfare (LAW), a Toronto based Canadian registered charity.

 

Read more here: http://www.lawyersforanimalwelfare.com/media

 

 According to the 2010 ALDF Report 

 Quoted:  From CTV News Staff   10/06/2010 10:20:49 AM

“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. “

There are very serious issues in Ontario!!! and something must be done to protect ALL animals in Ontario.  Far too many are being killed in shelters, the negative reports concerning the OSPCA are well known, with far too many unacceptable excuses:  and one can easily find these reports just by Googling.  Remember the OSPCA is funded by the Feds!!!!! and still goes after taxpayer dollars all the time..wanting donations.

 

http://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2011/06/03/ospca-press-conference-june-3-2011-1030-a-m-renaissance-hotel/

http://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2011/05/22/ontario-be-proactive-make-positive-change-possible/

http://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2011/05/21/ontario-shelter-animals-are-in-trouble/

 

http://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2011/06/04/news-from-ontario-ospca-full-report-released-finally/……

THE LIBERAL GOVERNMENT WILL BE IMPLEMENTING A TASK FORCE TO INVESTIGATE OSPCA AND SHELTERS AROUND ONTARIO!!!!”  Did the Liberal Govt actually do this and what is the result?????!!!!!

 

http://www.yorkregion.com/news/article/1020245–no-ringworm-outbreak-report

http://www.thestar.com/news/article/1002241–did-57-animals-die-needlessly

 

 

May I suggest that the Animal Legal Defense Fund also be contacted to inform them of what is happening in Ontario.

You can also go to the ALDF website and download for yourself the most current report.

Animal Legal Defense Fund        (enews@aldf.org)

Animal Legal Defense Fund        (info@aldf.org)

Animal Legal Defense  Fund       (action1@aldf.org)

 

Please take a few minutes tonight to post to all  the animal groups you belong to and everyone you know to contact their MPP immediately as well as Tim Hudak to tell them to STOP BILL 37. It doesn’t have to be long or complicated or formal. Below are links to the contact information for MPP as well as Tim Hudaks email.

 Everyone needs to call/write/email their MPP and Tim Hudak quickly – tonight. Bill 37 comes up for 2nd Reading later this week and if we nip it in the bud quickly we may be able to get it recinded so it will die on the floor and not get any further. There are a lot of people who want to see this go through which are mainly the Dairy Farmers Association and the Ontario Landowners Association and all farmers in Ontario. They are the ones who will benefit from this. These are two strong organizations. We must try to stop this now.

  I am sure when you read what is in the Bill you will all agree with me that it needs to be stopped immediately.  Here is the Bill and it will give you an idea of what is to come if we don’t stop them.

 http://www.fixtheospca.ca/images/stories/Bill%2037OSPCAAmendmentAct2012.pdf

Here is the website promoting the Bill:   http://www.fixtheospca.ca

Links for MPP contacts:

 Hudak, Tim – the Legislative Assembly of Ontario

Unit M1 4961 King Street East Beamsville, Ontario L0R 1B0. Tel. 905-563-1755.
Fax. 905-563-1317. tim.hudakco@pc.ola.org. Toll Free. 1-800-665-3697

tim.hudakco@pc.ola.org

  http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/members/members_current.do?locale=en

 

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Thanks folks.  If you can take the time I would be interested in knowing which groups if any you have posted to. Don’t forget the cats groups and rescues as well.

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IMPORTANT NOTICE

 

Jack MacLaren MPP, former president of the militant Ontario

Landowners’ Association, has put forward a motion in the provincial

legislature which was carried on February 23, 2012, which could remove

all protection afforded to animals in this province.

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

There will be a vote on March 29th, that will either continue debates or kill the initiative.

Contact MPP Jack MacLaren 416-314-7900 or email through www.jackmaclarenmpp.com

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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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