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Summer 2012 closeup

First I wish to thank all of the amazing people who took such a major part in enabling me to rescue and bring to my home this amazing boy.  Those of you who took the time to email the Mayor of Hay River, those of you who signed the online  petition.

Special thanks to Michelle Nadon founder of Cause 4 Paws (C4P) located in Ontario, to Sarah West founder of the Canadian Federation for Animal Welfare (CFAW), Jean McCarthy a dear friend in Ontario and Lawrence Pinksy who is so busy raising needed funding to help cover Loki’s vetting and other needs.

To list each and everyone by name is an impossible task so I will not even make that attempt.

As some may already know, Eldad Hagar founder of Hope for Paws based in L.A., California, was contacted by both Jean and Sarah, who in turn gave me a call at home, with just days left before the deadline of September 30th.  I called Eldad and we spoke at length, formulating a plan for LOKI’s capture.

The backbone in this plan was a wonderful lady, Bonnie Crowther who lives down the street from me, and who also ensured Loki received proper nourishment during his wild days.  She and her beautiful dog China walk every day and Loki would always accompany them.  LOKI spent much of his time at Bonnie C’s, laying in the company of China.

Following Eldad’s instructions, Bonnie C began coaxing LOKI to eat inside her garage.  Eldad had told us if he would eat inside for two days in a row thenEldad would catch the next plane to get here.  Well Bonnie succeeded and Loki became comfortable eating in her garage.

Eldad arrived at the Hay River  Airport at 2:45 pm on Thursday September  26th.  Meeting him at the airport, he followed me to my home, checked out the dog run, decided it was not strong enough and I took him over to Bonnie C’s to see Loki and to speak with her.  Eldad had checked out Loki’s FB page prior so had a good idea as to the size of Loki.  He and I then went about locating and purchasing additional chain link reinforcement for the dog run.  It now has 2 and three layers of added chain link.

After having gotten Eldad checked into the hotel where I work as the Financial Administrator, and getting a good meal into us both, Eldad retired to his room and I headed home.  Eldad’s parting comment was to the effect of would it not be great if we got him tonight.  With the deadline date to get Loki captures only 4 days away…well…

I had just crawled into my own bed, relieved that Eldad was here when I got the phone call.  Bonnie C had been able to close her garage door and trap Loki inside.  Rushing over  to her place, my heart was pounding and I was trembling.  Eldad was already there and together he and I entered her garage.  LOKI being terrified had reacted in fear and was now sitting on top of Bonnie’s freezer.  We entered slowly and I was able to calm him with my voice and humming, I sat on the garage floor with Eldad standing behind me.  Gradually as I continued in a soft voice, Eldad took baby steps and approached LOKI  eventually being able to sit on the freezer next to Loki.  Using the end of the catch pole(no drugs or catch pole were used) wrapped in a towel, Eldad placed it behind his back and was able to ease the towel  to Loki’s side and began touching him gently with it.  I was shocked.  Within a few moments Eldad told me he was petting Loki with his bare hand.

Myself having never been allowed to pet Loki, I immediately asked “What does his coat feel like”, the answer “amazing so soft”.  I slowly approached Loki and for the first time in the three and a half years we have journeyed together, I was able to hold him.  I cannot describe the incredible joy.

Eldad slept on top of the freezer that first night, with LOKI up there with him.  Friday the next day, I slept on the garage floor with Loki in my arms the whole day while Bonnie C and Eldad began re-inforcing the run.  Eldad took over sleeping with Loki in her garage that night.

More work was done on the dog run all day Saturday, and without Bonnie C, none of this would have been possible.  This amazing and dedicated woman worked like a construction guy, lacing the additional chain link purcahsedd by Eldad, to the existing,  going over everything with an eagles eye to ensure that Loki would not only be safe but also unable to escape.  Eldad purchased the additional chain link to wrap around the run and I purchased the chain link flooring.  Eldad also added to Loki’s comfy bed linens (4 more comforters and another fleecy blanket).

Saturday evening we planned to relocate Loki to my home and the dog run.  Remarkably our fears of getting him into the large borrowed transport carrier was ill founded.  Loki calming walked into the carrier on his own.  We loaded him into Bonnie C’s truck and in the darkness of night got him into the dog run.  That night and Sunday I had the immeasurable pleasure of the first sound sleep I have had since Loki had been given a basic death sentence if I did not get him secured and safe at my home.  Of course I slept in the dog run, Loki, calmly curled up in my arms, both of us safe and sound.

Both Bonnie C and her husband Roy came back on Sunday and Roy had picked up some gravel and earth for one portion of the run near the door so that Loki can do his business.  Bonnie also brought a bale of straw as well.  Additional run reinforcements were made.  Eldad came over and spent time working on the run as well as spending time with Loki.

Monday morning Eldad again came by before he headed out to catch his flight out of Hay River.  I will be forever grateful that he chose to be a part of Loki’s journey.

Bonnie C comes over regularly to spend time with her beloved Loki, and of course the work that I and Loki are doing now in this newest chapter of our journey together, is slow, calm and steady.    I will not push him, all must be on his terms, I will not see his spirit broken, nor will I do anything to lose his respect and his trust.  Sleeping outside with him is all part of the growing bond that we share.  He has made friends with my own dog Hemi, who has a remarkable calming affect on Loki, which is easing the transition.

I was so proud of Loki yesterday, his second venture outside the run, he did so well calmly exploring the backyard he knows so well.  Tethered securely and also fashioned to me physically, he enjoyed the ability to explore and relax outside the run, his head uplifted watching the birds fly overhead, smelling the plants and investigating all manner of scents.  Not yet leashed trained, but learning, I am hopeful that soon I will be able to bring him inside the house as well as taking him for long walks like we used to take together.

Patience on both our parts, silent communication and most of all mutual respect and trust will see Loki transition slowly and without additional emotional trauma.  His remarkable eyes fixed on mine tell a story so intense it is not to be believed unless personally experienced.  The trust and strong bond we have shared for over three years continues to grow.

LOKI is living proof that the impossible can be made possible.  He has touched the hearts of total strangers around the world, uniting all for the sole purpose of saving his life.  He proves that when we all work together miracles do happen.

 It is my hope that Loki’s continuing story will inspire others to step up and go beyond what appears to be limits and impossible situations, to stick with it, to never give up.

Please visit Loki’s FaceBook page:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Friends-of-LOKI-Sole-Survivor/188340937903082

Funds are being raised to secure the cost of Loki’s vetting and any other initial needs.  When visiting Loki’s FB page:  Friends of Loki, should you wish information as to how to make a donation for this beautiful gentle sould, please Private Message Lawrence Pinsky, or leave a comment on this page.

 Please share Loki’s Story – He is amazing.

THANK YOU FROM LOKI.

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Two Montreal Cats Die after eating  recalled pet food

http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Montreal+cats+after+eating+recalled+food/6632841/story.html#ixzz1vQoheqWU

More on Pet Food Recalls: http://www.truthaboutpetfood.com/articles/the-plot-thickens-clues-to-big-issues.html

ALERT : PET FOOD RECALLS AND IMPORTANT INFORMATION

http://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2011/11/27/alert-pet-food-recalls-and-important-information/

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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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THANK YOU EQUINE WELFARE ALLIANCE:

Today’s News

“We received word from Leslie Peeples that yesterday, the Ninth Circuit denied BLMs appeal in the case allowing access to observe the handling of wild horses.”

 

“Could someone explain to me how the slaughter “option” is gone but the numbers keep climbing? Also curious is the increase in exports to Japan. Canada is down and Mexico is up.”

 

“Our thanks to Darell Charleton, Jr. for providing these disgusting numbers.”

By year: http://equinewelfarealliance.org/uploads/00-Slaughter_Statistics.pdf

 

By week and month: http://equinewelfarealliance.org/uploads/00-Slaughter_Statistics-week-month_2012.pdf

Horse slaughterhouse bill fades in TN House

 

http://www.tennessean.com/article/20120417/NEWS0201/304170003/Horse-slaughter-bill-fades-House

 

I heard back from Nancy Lee that created the influences chart and here are links to a PDF and a JPG. Use as you see fit but please give credit to Republic of Horse.

 

http://www.equinewelfarealliance.org/uploads/industry.pdf

 

http://www.equinewelfarealliance.org/uploads/industry.jpg

 

 “It appears that the shootings of cattle have expanded to shootings of Virginia Range wild horses.”

 http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?llr=omaglqdab&v=001JFE3cRrg5TI6rlCMoLYhxHWBwIxXfkbmqAFqucaRwYSK8Hh2DB1L54hmXCSuTL_J35sH27QR4XL3o-GrUmilM8wTWmUuPCGR7Fvsm6CtrCQS7c73vkUFqcR9yTs0IuUvKf651fyYaUWqv_-J4ZSr1X16yCnVfrENBD9I-QzNXMzqVljcwo3RMNvnSmlttqGSlb6Ns27tfev72azxp2CNFV8wy0CR1m3phXE5Kg44Nan020y8LvZPjH7sNU5ePiZK

“A pregnant black mare was found shot Sunday alongside the old Ramsey Mine Road in the Asamara Ranch area north of Stagecoach near the proposed USA Parkway extension route.    This location is not far from where several cattle were found shot last month, one with its head dragged off.”

 CANADIAN HORSE DEFENSE COALITION

Report from the La Palette “Join Up” this past weekend in Toronto

Posted on April 16, 2012

Report from Marie Dean, CHDC:

“The conflict continued this weekend outside of La Palette restaurant inToronto.   The respect for the horse was presented on both Friday and Saturday.”

“For a few short moments in time I felt the world was lost.  I felt the presence of darkness.  Supporters of La Palette expressed their hatred of animal welfare and their dark souls enlightened us with their joy of cruelty towards other living creatures. ”   http://canadianhorsedefencecoalition.wordpress.com/2012/04/16/report-from-the-la-palette-join-up-this-past-weekend-in-toronto/

The Human Cost of Animal Suffering

Posted on April 16, 2012

March 13, 2012, 8:30 pm <!– — Updated: 12:19 pm –>

By MARK BITTMAN

http://canadianhorsedefencecoalition.wordpress.com/2012/04/16/the-human-cost-of-animal-suffering/

Terrified Grand National horse who died at Aintree should NEVER have even started, say the racing experts

Posted on April 16, 2012

http://canadianhorsedefencecoalition.wordpress.com/2012/04/16/terrified-grand-national-horse-who-died-at-aintree-should-never-have-even-started-say-the-racing-experts/

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Update April 12, 2012

The Refuge is still in dire need of the funds.      Here is an excerpt from a message of April 7, 2012,  from Rose, owner of RR
“To be honest with you not much money is coming in for the water…It’s is a very touchy situation where most people in cities and suburbs don’t understand how there can be no water…Well water sometimes is not a permanent source of water and unlucky for us….we have to dig another well.”

 Bloggers Note:  Water is having to be hauled in for the horses by Rose herself, often from neighboring areas.  This has been an ongoing problem for some time and she needs to have a new well drilled on her property.

There is a fundraiser planned for April 28th, 2012 in Pointe Claire.

RefugeRR – Horse Refuge for rescued horses and other animals

www.refugerr.org

Refuge RR for Horses is a federally registered, charitable organization which rescues, rehabilitates and provides permanent homes for abused, neglected and/or abandoned horses. We also provide peaceful retirement for horses who are no longer serviceable.

 

                   Saturday, April 28, 2012

    • 7:00pm until 12:00am
Mayfair Tavern, 22 Baie de Valois (off Doneganni) Sources exit, off Highway 20

 

  To raise money for the horse rescue facility ( as well as other animals). $10 cover charge, door prizes, silent auctions (donations welcome for auction) – Live bands – Jam – raising funds to help towards the cost of digging a well for access to water – they are currently …having water trucked in and hauled manually for over 400 animals.
The Mayfair Tavern will be donating a percentage of all food and beverage sales to the cause!
Super items for sale in the silent Auction! Tickets sold at the door or in advance.

If you are unable to attend, PLEASE help and make a TAX-DEDUCTABLE donation at www.refugerr.org.
Thanking you in advance for your Kindness and Generosity,

 

 

 

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JUST IN FROM EQUINE WELFARE ALLIANCE

RE: BLOGGED

 

Today’s News

 

 

HSUS and Front Range Equine Rescue (FRER) have filed a second legal petition (petition for rulemaking) with USDA/APHIS.

 

You can read the text and FRER press releases for both legal petitions on FRERs site here:

 

http://www.frontrangeequinerescue.org/front-range-equine-rescue-horse-slaughter.php

 

 

 

Here is the press release from HSUS:

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

Humane Groups Petition USDA to Block Companion, Working and Show Horses from Being Slaughtered for Human Consumption

 

Meat From Horses Not Raised For Food Presents Public Health Hazard

WASHINGTON (April 9, 2012)-Front Range Equine Rescue and The Humane Society of the United States filed a legal petition with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to prevent former companion, working, competition and wild horses from being used as human food. The petition alleges that the drugs given to these horses throughout their lives are banned for animals used for food under federal law and/or are potentially dangerous to humans. Using these horses for human consumption creates an unacceptable and illegal public health threat under the Federal Meat Inspection Act. The groups sent a similar petition to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration last month.

 

Current USDA rules do not require sufficient testing or documentation to ensure that former companion and other non-livestock horses slaughtered for human food do not contain or have not been administered prohibited substances. The “killer-buyers” who acquire these horses typically have no concern or knowledge about the horses’ prior history before shipping them off to inhumane deaths in slaughter facilities. Unlike cows, pigs, chickens and other animals raised for food, horses are swept up by a predatory industry from a variety of sources-former race horses, carriage horses, family ponies and others who are routinely given drugs and medications not fit for human consumption.

 

“The slaughter of American horses for meat is a tragic and cruel end for horses and it is a grave threat to food safety,” said Hilary Wood, president of FRER. “Horses in our country are not raised as food animals. They are routinely treated with dozens of drugs which USDA knows are unsafe for human consumption. These iconic animals should never have their lifetime of service ended on a slaughterhouse kill floor.”

 

The petition requests that USDA certify all horses and horse meat from American horses as “Condemned” and thus unfit for human consumption. This action is especially timely, because in November 2011, Congress chose not to renew a ban on funding federal inspectors at horse slaughter plants in the United States, even though a similar provision had been part of the agriculture department’s spending bill since 2006. Businesses looking to start up American horse slaughterhouses have been actively promoting horse meat, even though the animals were never intended to be food. These businesses and their misguided investors are proceeding despite their awareness that virtually every U.S. horse who ends up at slaughter has been exposed to a plethora of dangerous drugs, many of which are specifically outlawed for animals intended for food.

 

The USDA does not adequately regulate this flow of potentially toxic meat, despite the human health and animal welfare risks associated with it. The petition documents more than 110 examples of drugs and other substances which are or should be prohibited in food-producing horses, describes the horrible way in which horses die at slaughterhouses, and outlines the environmental devastation caused by horse slaughter plants in local communities.

 

Facts:

 

  • More than 100,000 American horses are exported for slaughter each year, mainly for consumption in Europe and Asia.

 

  • The slaughter pipeline is horribly cruel, with many of the horses suffering immensely during transport and the misguided and often repeated attempts to render them unconscious. USDA has documented the abuse and misery horses suffered at slaughterhouses in the U.S. before the last remaining plants closed in 2007.

 

  • Virtually all the horses used for meat spend most of their lives as work, competition or sport horses, companion animals or wild horses.

 

  • During their lives, horses who end up at slaughter are given a constant regimen of drugs and other substances which are either illegal for food animals, or are potentially dangerous to people who eat them.

 

  • Under the current rules and regulations, there is no safeguard in place that can protect against the consumption of unsafe toxins in horse meat.

 

  • Consumers do not know of the inherent dangers because there is no control over the drug residues.

 

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Media Contacts:    Hilary Wood/FRER, 719-481-1490 info@frontrangeequinerescue.org

Stephanie Twining/HSUS, 301-258-1491, stwining@humanesociety.org

 

Front Range Equine Rescue is a 501c3 non-profit working to end the abuse and neglect of horses through rescue and education.  Since 1997, FRER has assisted thousands of horses through its rescue and educational programs.  Many of FRER’s rescued horses are obtained directly from livestock auctions and feed lots, which without FRER’s intervention would have shipped to slaughter.  Dedicated to the horses – On the web at www.frontrangeequinerescue.org

 

The Humane Society of the United States is the nation’s largest animal protection organization – backed by 11 million Americans, or one of every 28. For more than a half-century, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education and hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty – On the web at humanesociety.org.

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Catching up with emails is very difficult at best, especially when there are so many coming in relating to issues for the animals around the globe.

 

Thankfully updates are coming in almost daily.  Below please find the latest received.  Please take the time to go to the links provided.

American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign
Read AWHPC’s letter to Bob Abbey protesting appointment of pro-slaughter cattlewoman to represent public interest on national advisory board: http://www.wildhorsepreservation.org/news/wp-content/uploads/AWHPC-LETTER-RE-ADVISRY-BOARD-fin1.pdf

http://www.wildhorsepreservation.org/news/wp-content/uploads/AWHPC-LETTER-RE-ADVISRY-BOARD-fin1.pdf

www.wildhorsepreservation.org

 

American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign
Please take a moment to speak up for wild Arizona burros and against a massive roundup, removal and castration plan. http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/6931/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=9485

 

American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign

org2.democracyinaction.org

The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign is dedicated to preserving the American wild horse in viable free-roaming herds for generations to come, as part of our national heritage. Its grassroots efforts are supported by a coalition of over forty organizations.

http://our-compass.org/2012/02/08/urge-ubc-president-to-end-animal-research-at-the-university-sample-letters/

Urge UBC President to end Animal Research at the University: Sample letters

February 8, 2012:  Our Compass

http://legalaction4animalrights.net/2012/02/10/what-are-the-ethical-issues-associated-with-animal-welfare/

What are the ethical issues associated with animal welfare?

 

 

And SOMETHING VERY IMPORTANT TO ALL OF US WHO USE THE INTERNET TO EDUCATE, INFORM, PROTEST AND ENDEAVOR TO MAKE POSITIVE CHANGE:

http://openmedia.ca/lockdown

No Internet Lockdown

“Massive media conglomerates are lobbying the government to create shadowy legislation: an Internet lock-down, where Internet users are cut off for no good reason, where vast swaths of the Internet are removed or hidden from view, and where users are locked out of their own services.”

 

 

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Excellent News

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

 

 

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Please go to this link.

http://youtu.be/Q0KXjGWHqTw

 

http://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2011/10/03/lennox-condemned-to-die-mistaken-identity-only/

 

 

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Recently all of you were made aware of the planned trapping and killing of the two beavers, thought to be a mother and her kit, who built their dam at the Lindsay Pond in Stittsville, Ontario.  Due to the many emails and the outcry of the public Ottawa has put a halt to their initials plans to capture and destroy these two representative Canadian Icons.

http://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2011/11/07/ottawaontariocanada-nov-12-noon-rally-to-tell-the-city-to-stop-killing-beavers-in-ottawa%e2%80%8f/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktY2UXWIUjY

To all of you who raised your voices back home Thank You.  To those elsewhere in Canada who chose to rally for these wonderful Beavers and to support those fighting to save their lives….Thank You.  Anything is possible when We Stand as One!!!

 

 

 

JUST IN TODAY:  AND PUBLISHED WITH PERMISSIONEmail response copied and pasted:

: RE: Stittsville beavers
Date: Thu, 10 Nov 2011 11:28:03 -0500
From: Shad.Qadri@ottawa.ca

Thank you for your e-mail message.  The following announcement has been released today.  Please pass this information on to whomever you feel would be interested.

Lindsay Pond beaver trapping halted

Ottawa – Mayor Jim Watson and Councillor Shad Qadri today announced that the City of Ottawa will accelerate the development of its Wildlife Strategy. At the same time, the City will halt trapping activity in the Lindsay Pond area.

“We have heard in recent days that people would like us to have a second look at how we protect the integrity of our flood control systems and we are listening and acting,” said Mayor Watson.

Staff has proposed that the Wildlife Strategy include a re-evaluation of the City’s beaver management practices, including a development of a risk management evaluation process for responding to conflicts between beavers and infrastructure, such as municipal drains, culverts and storm water facilities.

“I am pleased that the City Manager has been able to act on my suggestion to explore alternatives,” added Stittsville Councillor Shad Qadri. “Flood control is a critical program for my ward and I am hopeful that we can find a way to protect residents from flooding and enhance our handling of wildlife at the same time.”

While even the most progressive experts in wildlife management acknowledge that lethal trapping of beavers is sometimes necessary to protect critical infrastructure and private property, the City recognises that advances in beaver management practices and technologies provide a range of alternatives to lethal trapping. The City recognizes that many of these alternatives are also more protective of aquatic and wetland ecosystems.

Again, I understand your concerns and I thank you for the opportunity to address this issue with you.

Regards,

Shad

Message from:

Canadian Volunteers for the Protection of Animals (CVPA) :

“Please continue the pressure.  Write to: Shad.Qadri@ottawa.ca.  We must save our beavers.  The killing of our wildlife must stop !    Thanks !!”

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