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.
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
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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