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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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REPOSTED:  PLEASE GO TO LINK FOR FULL STORY…….WRITTEN BY  Carol Linnitt    THANK YOU CAROL OF THIS ENLIGHTENING PIECE.

 

11 April 12

Cry Wolf: An Unethical Oil Story

“Over the last several years, Alberta has killed more than 500 wolves using aerial sharpshooters and poisoned bait in order to conceal the impact of rapid industrial development on Canada’s iconic woodland caribou. “

Source: Desmogblog (http://s.tt/197v7)

http://www.desmogblog.com/cry-wolf-unethical-oil-story

 

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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

http://news.sympatico.ctv.ca/home/contentposting?feedname=CTV-TOPSTORIES_V3&showbyline=True&date=true&newsitemid=CTVNews%2f20100610%2fanimal-rights-laws-100610

“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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Speak Out for Sled Dogs Chained Without Shelter

January 18, 2012

by Stacey

http://our-compass.org/2012/01/18/speak-out-for-sled-dogs-chained-without-shelter/

Justice for More Than 150 Huskies Neglected in Alaska

http://legalaction4animalrights.net/2012/01/27/4189/

B.C. company condemned for sled dog massacre gives operation to charity

http://www.vancouversun.com/news/company+condemned+sled+massacre+gives+operation+charity/5860887/story.html#ixzz1kgFDem1r

 

New EU Strategy fails to highlight benefits of animal welfare for Animals and People

http://legalaction4animalrights.net/2012/01/19/new-eu-strategy-fails-to-highlight-benefits-of-animal-welfare-for-animals-and-people/

UPDATES FROM VARIOUS SOURCES ON THE BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT ROUND UPS AND CONTINUED HORSE SLAUGHTER

Posted with the permission of Ms. Courtney: 

Ms. Courtney comments:

“It is a sad day when we as a society depend on the common sense and innocence of children to make ANY sense at all in a mad world of exploitation and greed. The irresponsible over breeding is not just affecting America’s horses, but dogs and cats nationwide, who all pay the ultimate price for deliberate human ignorance. It is beyond appalling that in a country that creates more new bills to regulate and control its society and shrinks our freedoms daily, such a mess can exist, whereas animals are the victims of archaic protection laws, non-existing governance in regards to breeding and simply the motto: Throw away society.  America is a land of wasteful ideas in many aspects but to waste the lives of sentient beings and pretend they don’t suffer and sell the idea as an evil necessity, is preposterous. Education is key, and many need it desperately. I urge everyone to network the link to Katia Louise’s global award winning documentary, www.savingamericashorses.org and tell the story, as it must be told.”

Presidio Federal Vet Wants No More Calls Complaining About Horses

January 28, 2012

By Steven Long

http://horsebackmagazine.com/hb/archives/13826

 

Equine Welfare Alliance

 US Horses Slaughtered

(Yearly 1989-2010)

 

http://www.equinewelfarealliance.org/uploads/00-Slaughter_Statistics.pdf

http://www.equinewelfarealliance.org/uploads/00-Slaughter_Statistics-week-month_2011.pdf

Federal Vets Ignored Misuse of Coggins Certificates at Presidio Holding Pens

http://horsebackmagazine.com/hb/archives/13804

Hurdles looming ahead for equine processing plants

http://nptelegraph.com/articles/2012/01/25/news/60004340.txt

American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign

Take Action

Tell BLM Idaho: Manage Wild Horse Herds with Fertility Control and Cancel Removal Plans

http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/6931/t/0/blastContent.jsp?email_blast_KEY=1192127

For the latest updates from the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign

https://www.facebook.com/pages/American-Wild-Horse-Preservation-Campaign/117437204982602

 

The Cloud Foundation

Action Alert:  Cloud’s Echo

http://us1.campaign-archive2.com/?u=b16d80346618d3ce64e8e9877&id=8ef3109586&e=5693c03a95

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Update Canada’s Animal Cruelty Laws

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/895/434/413/?z00m=20018290#

 I urge everyone to sign the petition above which has been issued by WSPA.

I have signed this myself with my personal comment which is below and which has been sent to the Canadian Federal Government.

We can do this people!!!

 

Found alive and frozen to floor of wooden doghouse

“The current F.C.C. on the books is archaic, antiquated and enables animal cruelty in this country. Canada’s dismal ongoing record protecting animals in this country is well known around the world and much negative focus has been brought and continues to be brought to this fact. Instead of continuing to embarrass the Canadian people and this country, the Federal Government needs to recognize that animal cruelty is NOT acceptable, nor will it continue to be tolerated. The treatment of Factory Farm animals is especially horrific, animals in research and those licensed breeders who supply animals for research, puppy and kitten mills, pet stores who deal with mills, the failure to prosecute effectively those who inflict pain and suffering an companion animals, strays, the total lack of funding on the part of both Provincial and Federal Govt’s to support local animal rescue groups, shelters and the like exemplifies the indifference and complacency which remains prevalent with the Powers that Be. Canada for example continues to import cat and dog fur products from China, continues to import U.S. wild horses into this country for slaughter despite the US having banned such slaughter for horsemeat in their own country. Animals are more than mere property!!! It is time for change. It is time that the Canadian Federal Government enact legislation that fully protects animals (all manner) in this country!!

Instead of continuing to embarrass the Canadian people and this country by enabling animal cruelty the Federal Government needs to recognize that animal cruelty is NOT acceptable, nor will it continue to be tolerated.”

Mother and daughter starving

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What a terrific way to start ones morning…by receiving an email from  back home, an email which contains terrific news about a Victory just won for animals in Ontario.

Those of you who have followed the scandals surrounding the OSPCA and who have also had the courage to voice your own comments on the Blog posts, will be dancing for joy.

We can all shout “IT IS ABOUT BLOODY TIME!”

This Victory proves that when enough caring persons have the determination, perseverance, the will, drive and total commitment to raise their voices and apply needed pressure for positive action……the job gets done…and the Powers that Be are forced to listen and to act in a responsible manner.  While one may feel at times one is beating their head against a brick wall….brick walls will crumble!!

NEVER EVER give up!!

Congratulations my dear friends, congratulations to all of you have supported these dedicated individuals!!

The following has been copied and pasted (with the permission of the Ontario resident who emailed me this morning).

“Every one of you who have helped in even a small way, who sent letters, who stood in protests, who got signatures on petitions, who telephoned and told the unaware what OSPCA was like should all be feeling very proud of yourself. This is a huge victory for us and for the animals. I know some of you are not pleased with the findings but I will explain to you what you should be pleased about and try to put it into a different perspective so you can enjoy the day. My glass is always half full rather than half empty so let me tell you what I plan on celebrating.”

“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.”

“The investigators have parameters they are confined to. They cannot accept the word of someone they talked to or received a letter from. They can only base their findings on the information provided to them by OSPCA. Documented information. They didn’t even start the investigation more than 3 months after the killing. Plenty of time for OSPCA to fudge the data they were going to submit for the investigation and shred the rest. Those would be the numbers they gave to the investigators with an explanation that an error had been made with the original numbers because their accounting was so bad. As I see it they had a choice of looking like killers of 102 animals (especially since they had to not admit there was not ringworm epidemic) or be judged for being poor book keepers. Of course the choice is clear. More than once in the report the investigators noted the record keeping was totally inadequate sometimes having no records. Can you imagine how this looks to the public when the OSPCA, the keepers of animals in Ontario, can’t even account for the number of animals they take in?  I will celebrate how bad the report made them look, not what the report didn’t address.”

“Justice LeSage and Dr. Meek met with volunteers and staff and made a number of recommendations on how the OSPCA should improve the way they handle those people and how important they are to an organization like OSPCA. I attribute that to the meeting they had with staff and volunteers.”
“Again, no matter what they were told at the meeting, although they could and probably did keep that in mind, they could not use that information part of their findings.”

“Once again Rob Godfrey came across looking like a total fool. He first said the staff and volunteers who were at OSPCA in May are no longer there. Inferring they we to blame. The he said the vet had been fired, blaming her and he finished off by saying it was the fault of the government not giving OSPCA enough money to handle situations like that!”

“So what was it Rob, the staff, the volunteers, the vet or the government. Obviously anyone except Kate MacDonald, Jim Sykes and Tanya Firmage.”

“The fact that in 2009 they had a combined amount of over $55 million dollars in assets and revenue, Kate MacDonald earned $193,000 and they just completed a $250,000 unnecessary renovation made me furious that he actually had the nerve to blame the government for not giving OSPCA enough money. In 2009 they received almost $6 Million dollars from two levels of government. Of course Godfrey thought he was being clever by saying that since the government didn’t give them enough money they would have to gear up their fund raising efforts. That means, look what happens folks if we don’t get your donations, animals die so you better fork over the money. He is so transparent in his idiocy, it would be funny if it weren’t so tragic.”

“Not only is the report really damning, Godfrey further added to the suspicion the public is now starting to have about them and their ability to look after animals. If any of you have not seen the Toronto Sun article check it out and see all the comments. People are fired up about this.”

“I will celebrate that the public is starting to notice.”

“Today I was on doing telephone interviews almost all afternoon. I was interviewed by The Toronto Star, The Toronto Sun, The Newmarket Banner/Era, The National Post, and CBC English and then CBC French called.”
“OSPCA has never looked so bad and the press is reporting it. I don’t know if they will even print what I said. I don’t care. They will print something about the situation and I will celebrate because we are getting press for the animals.”

“There were preliminary articles in the papers because they had to get the information out quickly to get in todays news but I expect there will be more detailed accounts coming up. I know they also interviewed Frank Klees and it isn’t in any of the papers yet.”

“The biggest thing that has happened today has not been made public yet I don’t think. Around 4:00 o’clock  a phone call was received”…….. advising …….. ” that Chris Bradley, Minister of Community Safety and Correction Services announced
THE LIBERAL GOVERNMENT WILL BE IMPLEMENTING A TASK FORCE TO INVESTIGATE OSPCA AND SHELTERS AROUND ONTARIO!!!!”

“I have no idea how this will play out with the summer break and the election the beginning of October. It gives them only a month to actually do something. Will they do it? I am not sure we will have to wait and see but I think they have finally realized this has become an issue big enough that they need to do something. To be honest right now I am too tired to give this much thought but I know I am celebrating it.”

BLOGGERS PERSONAL COMMENT:  THE CANADIAN PUBLIC AND INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY WILL BE WATCHING WHAT GOES ON IN ONTARIO!!!

” Sago and the others are looking down knowing they did not die in vain. We cried for them and we fought for them and we are winning this battle. We did that! We did it without muttering a curse word or being confrontational, we did it by sticking to the plan and keeping our posts private and most of all we did it with our passion for the animals we lost. It was honest and pure and in the end that’s what shone through.”

“Before you make any comments, one person could never have accomplished this on their own and as much as I enjoy the generous compliments I receive, there is no way I did this without you.”

“Have a wonderful weekend and remember to pat yourself on the back. I love you all for your incredible heart and am so grateful we are on the same team. Thank you so much for your support.  We aren’t finished yet.”

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

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

http://www.torontosun.com/news/torontoandgta/2010/05/13/13930851.html

http://ontariospca.ca/press_releases/2011/11_may20.html

http://www.680news.com/news/local/article/235799–there-was-no-ringworm-outbreak-at-ospca-shelter-review-finds

You can see the full report on the OSPCA website. Click on Newsroom and you will see it under today’s date  http://www.ospca.ca       Should you choose to read the full report, just click on each listed Tab shown on the page.

As additional newspaper reports come out news links will be updated here.  Please keep checking back.

Please continue to support Positive Change for Animals in Canada by supporting amazing persons such as this, people who will NEVER give up.

To my dearest Ontario friends, Congratulations and Thank you SO VERY VERY MUCH!!

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OSPCA has finally released information about their press conference to be held June 3, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. 

 

Location: the Renaissance Hotel, as far away from OSPCA Headquarters in Newmarket as they can get.  The OSPCA News Release was issued at approximately 3 minutes before 5 p.m.

 

According to reliable sources, when Alison Cross was asked if the public was allowed to attend, the information received was that ONLY the media who had valid identification would be allowed to attend.  Given that the OSPCA is funded with tax dollars and donations from the general public and that both LeSage and Meek said they would take on the investigation on the condition it is released in full to the public, one is now left to wonder just why the public is banned from attendance and just what is being possibly hidden from taxpayers and countless caring individuals who provide donations.

Further, initially the OSPCA apparently had said that the FULL report would be made public, however, OSPCA is now saying they are releasing RECOMMENDATIONS made by the investigators!!!!  That is a big difference.

So just what will be actually revealed remains a total mystery.  
Will it be the whole truth and nothing but the truth or will it be an attempt to cover up,
white-wash or disguise the truth concerning the OSPCA killing of 102 animals?

While this Press Conference is meant only for the priviledged members of the Press, perhaps those
taxpayers and generous donators to the OSPCA might wish to make their own presence known outside
the Renaissance Hotel.

ONTARIO – BE PROACTIVE – MAKE POSITIVE CHANGE POSSIBLE


ONTARIO SHELTER ANIMALS ARE IN TROUBLE


					

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Some good news:   Membership is growing.  More members are needed:

http://www.causes.com/causes/144162-wolves-dying-in-alaska-and-yellowstone-park-for-entertainment-stop-wolf-slaughter/about

We all know what radiation poisoning does to a human.  These animals need to be taken out of the danger zone, sheltered and cared for until they may be united with their owners.  Given that many Animal Welfare organizations have responded to the situation in Japan, Haiti and elsewhere, WHY, are these pets still left in LIMBO.

http://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/994792–pets-starving-scavenging-in-nuclear-danger-zone?bn=1

 Pets starving, scavenging in nuclear danger zone


Congratulations to those who had their voices heard in Bolivia!!!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-koehler/the-sacred-and-the-dead_b_855272.html

The Sacred and the Dead

Why is Canada supporting the slaughter of  horses????

http://hsus.typepad.com/wayne/2011/05/canada-horse-meat.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+typepad%2Fhsus%2Fwayne+%28Wayne+Pacelle%3A+A+Humane+Nation%29

Canadian TV Show Sends Wrong Message about Horse Slaughter

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