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FOR THE LOVE OF LOKI 2.jpegA couple of weeks ago I put up the poster in order to raise funds for LOKI.  A deadline date had been given to me of May 31st to get him off the streets of Hay River, NT.  Thankfully I was able to obtain a time extension from Town Officials.

Darting of Loki was planned for this past Friday, June 1, however the ENR Officer who will be darting Loki for me, came by the house mid afternoon Friday, and due to the number of calls he had to go out on concerning bears, as well as lynx, the darting of LOKI was postponed.  New time and date is yet to be set up.

LOKI was here yesterday, actually wanted to know what I was doing in my storage shed, he is the curious type. He also joined in the walk with ‘Henri’, and the two young ladies walking their kids in their strollers, yesterday. The women live a few doors down from me, and Loki regularly walks with them when they take the kids out. He looked so proud and happy, trotting in front of them, head and tail held high.

He had a good brunch and long drink of cool water in my backyard with me yesterday, and I was with him on Friday as well.

The ENR Officer checked out the dog run, and felt I had everything set up well for Loki; I washed out a large pet bed of Hemi’s for him, used $83.78 of the donations to purchase a 20′ nylon lunge line, a 15′ heavy duty tie out, a humane nylon training collar, and a regular wide nylon collar and leash. The lunge line I will use as an ‘umbilical cord’ which will be attached to my person and to Loki so that where I go he will go.

I wrapped a tarp around one end of the dog run, on the outside, which will give Loki additional shade and a hiding spot from curious eyes from the road. I also hung the fake wasp/hornet nests in the backyard trees, that deter those nasties from coming around. The screening has been ordered to enclose the whole dog run but has yet to arrive. This will keep all the nasties out so that he will not be a meal to those awful bugs.

I also cut down and trimmed the trees and cut down the wild roses out back, as I don’t want any of them spreading into the run. Those thorns are nasty. Today I will remove the remnants of the brush, lumber and continue getting the backyard ready for him so that when I bring him out of the run, we will have no obstructions or anything he can get tangled into.

What with the Town extending the deadline date, and with the ENR Officer  having to go out on bear calls, it may have been just as well that I did not get Loki here on Friday. The vet will be back mid June I believe, so if darting is still a week away that may be a good thing if the vet is available.

In the meantime, I will spend time with Loki as we have been all along. When he was here yesterday he did not seem at all nervous to be eating near the dog run at all..another good thing, he has accepted that it is in my backyard now.

I received a lovely call from Jean M  (Ontario) last evening, which came as quite the surprise. Of course we talked about Loki. Jean follows Loki’s FB page 

 https://www.facebook.com/pages/Friends-of-LOKI-Sole-survivor/188340937903082?fref=ts

I must tell all of you that if it were not for the donations that came in from Ontario, BC and Alberta, none of this would be possible. Loki received one donation from a Hay River resident, despite the article being published in the paper here, the posters that I put up everywhere in town and the posters I put on the local online groups here in the NWT. To say that I am extremely disappointed and hurt by the lack of donations here in town and across the NWT is an understatement given the 3 year battle I went through at my own personal expense to get the new NWT Dog Act legislated.

A very special thank you to Darlene, with a rescue organization in Ontario for having held a fund raiser for Loki.  Those whom Darlene was able to get donations from have certainly helped this cause.  Fund raisers are not easy, they are time consuming, require volunteers and are a lot of work to put together.

It is what it is, as they say. Once Loki and I begin this new chapter in our journey together, all will remain in God’s hands, just as it has been since we began our journey in October 2010.

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This is one of the earlier pictures of LOKI back in 2010, when I first began going out to him.  He was a youngster at this time.  Every day, often 3 times daily, I would make the trek across the ravine, bringing him food and fresh water.  At that time we were building trust, he did not come to my property at all back then.  He would play hide and seek in the dandilions   Dec 19 2012 012

Loki has come a very long way from that scrawny scared  youngster, he is now a magnificent, beautiful and mature gentle soul, who deserves a loving forever home which I fully intend to give to him.

Before the snow flies once again in October, my goal is to have Loki feeling comfortable enough to be bringing him inside, being friends with all my own pets, except I will keep my bunny away from him, and looking forward to the warmth and safety of his forever home. He won’t have to hold up against frigid winds, blowing snow, rains and all manner of crazy weather, alone out there and be a meal to bulldogs, mosquitoes and other nasties.

Sunday Afternoon Oct 15 2011 024  Here in my backyard last summer, we enjoyed quiet time together, and now this will be his permanent backyard, where he will be safe, protected and very much loved and cared for.

LOKI wishes to thank all of those total strangers in Ontario, BC and Alberta, he has never met, who have rallied around him, who have made donations, who have put in the time and energy to raise funds for him, he thanks the two reporters who published his story, and he also wants to thank all of you who continue to message and email their support, encouragement and love.

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Canada continues to import fur products from China!!!!!

 

Demand that Prime Minister Harper bans and ends these imports instead of enabling this horrific cruelty.

http://youtu.be/YEBLpMAEueY
Warning!! This is an extremely graphic undercover video.
Canada continues to enable this by importing these fur products into Canada. This must stop now!!!!!

How could anyone be proud to show off fur cuffs, fur boot trim and fur accessories imported from China when these animals suffer so horrendously.

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Jan 2013 Loki across ravine 049You all now know LOKI, and this is just one of his latest pictures taken yesterday.

Jan 23 to 26 2013 011  You have followed our journey since October 2010 and this is another long cold winter for us both, you also know that I will never give up with him.  There are so many times, that he has come to me, in my own time of need, given me the needed strength when my own is waning, when it became all too much to bare witness to the continued horrors, to cross post and even update this Blog properly with both good news and bad….

Watching him leap high into the air to land in deep snow banks, rolling on his sides and back, racing across the frozen snow….rejoicing in his freedom and in just being alive rekindles my flame to carry on the needed fight for animals everywhere.  As one follower remarked in a comment to me on Loki’s FB page, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Friends-of-LOKI-Sole-Survivor/188340937903082?ref=ts&fref=ts when looking into his beautiful gentle eyes it is as if one is falling gently and becoming one in spirit with him.

Closeup of LokiDecember 25 2012 017

Going through my long list of incoming emails, I was sent this particular one, by a very close and dear friend of mine who has been involved in animal rescue and advocacy for an extremely long time.

I honestly believe that there are many of us out  there in the real world that can say that at one time or another we have experienced the devastating result of the endless hours dedicated to saving, even just one life that has miraculously survived the rages of human indifference, lack of compassion and total disregard for life.

The extreme cost to our own personal lives encompasses many facets.  Loss of time with family, the use of personal finances to ensure rescue and proper care, loss of quality time with our own companion animals and of course the emotional and physical costs we must endure to continue our necessary work.

For all of you who continue the fight..be it hands on rescue, be it in your own homes, in shelters, at your computer day after day getting the message out there, signing petitions, lobbying for positive legislative changes to existing antiquated  Animal Protection Laws, public speaking on the issues, as well as being a source of strength and support to each other…..I THANK ALL OF YOU..for your continued dedication and commitment.

We all are the Champions who clean up the mess left behind.  We SAVE LIVES!!!

Intro to Activist Burnout & How to Avoid It. 

What is Activist Burnout? ‘Activist Burnout’ broadly encompasses all personally negative mental, emotional, physical, and behavioural changes caused by one’s activism, that in result hinder the effectiveness of that activist. It is common for activists to suffer from varying degrees of activist burnout, with a variety of symptoms, throughout their lifetime. One of the most important things activists can learn is how to use personalized coping methods to deal with stresses. Thankfully it is possible to overcome and avoid activist burnout and ensure a well balanced and successful life full of activism.

Why do Activists Experience Burnout? ‘Activist Burnout’ will have different causes depending on the individual and their environment. In general, activist burnout is due to the inability of an activist to effectively deal with the many stresses associated with their activist work. Activists should not feel at fault for their burnout. It is understandable why so many activists have difficulty dealing with their stresses when there is little and often no support for activists. Reasons Activists are Unable to Effectively Deal with Stresses: ● Workload ● Poor Habits(procrastination, inefficiencies, etc..)  ● Inexperience ● No Mentors ● No Support Network ● Secondary Traumatic Stress Disorder/Compassion Fatigue ● Weltschmerz(pain for an unideal world)

What are the Symptoms of Activist Burnout? The stresses activists have to deal with on a day to day basis will affect everyone differently. Mental/emotional, physical, and behavioural symptoms are all interrelated and can exacerbate each other. This means that to resolve one symptom often means dealing with several. The following is a non-exhaustive list including many common symptoms of activist burnout: ● Mental/Emotional Symptoms -  ● Irritability ● Anxiety ● Depression ● Sense of Hopelessness/Helplessness ● Cynicism ● Lack of Motivation ● Difficulty Enjoying Life/Activities Once Enjoyed

There is a tendency for activists to remain silent about any painful emotions they may have. Activists will justify this for the reason that while they may be sad, angry and upset “it is nothing compared to the suffering of the ones they are trying to help”. While this reasoning is understandable, unwillingness to share and work through painful emotions will only worsen them. ● Behavioural Symptoms – ● Reclusive Behaviour/Isolation from Once Positive Relationships ● Disregard for Social Responsibilities ● Unwillingness to Accept Help ● Lack of Effectiveness ● Inability/Unwillingness to Fulfill Responsibilities ● Decreased Self-care(personal appearance, hygiene, etc..) ● Inability to Remain Focused ● Difficulty  Making Decisions

Behavioural changes are inevitable for activists experiencing burnout. These changes are most obvious to a third party, and often misunderstood as unpleasant character flaws. The negative changes in behaviour can isolate activists, and deter new people from joining the organization or movement.

● Physical Symptoms – ● Fatigue ● Trouble Sleeping ● Weight Loss/Weight Gain ● Decreased Immunity ● General Lack of Physical Fitness While not always associated with activist burnout, the physical aspects are incredibly important  to deal with because physical weakness/ailments only exacerbate the taxing mental effects caused by activist stresses. Maintaining physical fitness will help to improve quality of life and alleviate activist burnout.

What Can Activists do to Avoid or Overcome Burnout?

 As activists it is important to spot the warning signs that might indicate we or our fellow activists are becoming burnt out. Whether warning signs are apparent or not, it is important for all activists to take proactive measures to ensure they effectively deal with any stresses they might have

. It is essential for all activists to have the ability to use stress management techniques in order to overcome and proactively avoid activist burnout.

The following are a few of the many ways to effectively cope with activist stress: ● Learn to prioritize better and focus on priorities ● Destress though healthy activities(physical exercise, music, reading, etc..) ● Maintain healthy eating, sleeping, and exercise habits *this is crucial\

● Develop better work habits ● Try to focus on tasks you are good at and enjoy doing ● Use a journal ● Attain support groups you can rely on and talk about your stresses with ● Maintain friendly relationships with fellow activists and non-activists ● Find a mentor/mentor a less experienced activist ● Understand that activist work is a lifelong process ● Make your work more enjoyable/fun ● Moderate to Intense physical exercise *great fix for depression ● Reduce workload but improve quality of work being completed ● Understand there are  highs and lows of initiatives/organizations/movements ● Maintain activities outside activism that fulfill you ● Resolve negative thought patterns and never discount the worthwhile work you do ●

Reward yourself and others for the important work they do ● Examine how your activist work affects your attitudes and behaviours ● Understand  “successes” and “failures” are not dichotomous, every initiative has some degree of success. The real failure occurs when activists become inactive. ● Understand change is possible (thinking otherwise is internalized repression)

● Realize feeling sad and angry about the world is normal and justified ● Maintain a sense of humor ● Therapy has a tremendous potential to help individuals struggling to effectively manage their stress. Therapy should be sought if symptoms are severe.

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MAY 11, 2011 A TRAGIC DAY TO REMEMBER

 

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

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

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

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

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

  Note the sarcasm here!!!!

McGuinty Government Modernizes Animal Cruelty Laws

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

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

 – Rick Bartolucci
Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Service

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

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

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

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

WAKE UP PEOPLE!!!!!

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

YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN!!

    2011 VIGIL

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

“Miracle of Life”

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

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

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

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

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

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

- Veterinarian, Dr Barry Taylor-from Manxalot Rescue

OSPCA Scandals are readily located by Googling:

http://www.ospcatruth.com

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

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

VERITAS: FUMBLE – OSPCA PUTS DOWN ITS CREDIBILITY

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

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

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

Rather says it all does it not??

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

Sarcastic remark…yes admittedly.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A year since Berger Blanc Cruelty

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

Montreal Animal Advocacy Examiner
Berger Blanc events — 19 April 2011

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

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

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

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

The last protest of 2011 organized by SPA Canada

Montreal Animal Advocacy Examiner

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

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

 

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

2011 Canadian Animal Protection Laws Rankings  

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


Comparing Overall Strength & Comprehensiveness

Top Tier:

1. Ontario
2. Manitoba
3. New Brunswick

4. Nova Scotia

Middle Tier:

5. Saskatchewan
6. Yukon
7. British Columbia

8. Prince Edward Island
9. Newfoundland & Labrador

Bottom Tier:

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

Top Tier:

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

Middle Tier:

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

Bottom Tier:

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

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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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http://www.godvine.com/Paralyzed-Puppy-Thrown-in-a-Trash-Can-Gets-Rescued-1127.html

Discarded while still alive, found in a garbage bag….miracles do happen.

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Stepping Back from the issues surrounding gross Animal Cruelty is something that everyone involved in Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation needs to do from time to time in order to preserve ones sanity.

The frustration, anger, outrage and unfortunately the despair and emotional bankruptcy combined with the physical exhaustion means that those who are committed to the innocent and helpless animals at home and around the world, pay a very high price for their efforts.

This Blogger, did, reluctantly take a Step Back, purpose being to renew and refresh the soul and the spirit.  During the past few weeks, a great deal of discipline was needed not to open emails, not to go on the Net, discipline was needed not to Boot Up once I got home from a long day at the office.

Well that needed break is over now, and the hundreds of emails and bulletins are slowly and methodically being viewed and organized for additional posts.

Particularly horrifying is this current case, particularly horrifying in that it was children who perpetrated this horrific sick act of violence.  Warning the images and video are graphic.

Justice for a Special Dog

http://www.causes.com/causes/645034-justice-for-a-special-dog

Vucko: A Life Lost!

http://www.causes.com/posts/943929

The fact that it was children who DID THIS is beyond all comprehension.  The statement that this act of extreme violence makes on today’s society is powerful.  One can only hope that this beautiful German Shepherd will find Justice in the courts and that these youth will meet the full legal consequences of their horrendous act against this dog regardless of their age!!!

The Link between Animal Cruelty and Human Violence has been well covered in this Blog site.

One need only browse to find such as the following below.

http://pet.firstblogfirst.com/2011/01/17/discerning-the-truth-about-abuse/

 Discerning the truth about abuse

The deadly link between human and animal abuse

by Adrienne Lee, RDH, BS

The New York Times published the following: and you can get your own reprint : here

June 11, 2010

The Animal-Cruelty Syndrome

By CHARLES SIEBERT

Sick acts of violence against animals, must be recognized as a precursor to violent acts against all of us.  Children who inflict pain and suffering on animals will grow to be the schoolyard bully, the adult bully next door, the violent offender in ones community.  The neighbor you would have least suspected of such acts.

Failing to recognize this, is in effect enabling this behavior to grow and to flourish.  Failing to impose the Maximum penalties under the  Law continues to enable such acts.  Failure to recognize the mental illness involved along with the failure to address and treat this mental illness ENABLES!! Sticking ones head in the sand and leaving it to others to address such issues, failing to be proactive in ones community ENABLES.

As an example:  good intent often becomes a total disaster:

Animal ‘Hoarding’ Often Tied to Mental Illness

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_110268.html

We must all take a positive and proactive approach to ending Violence against Animals, in our neighborhoods, our communities, our towns and cities everywhere.  Even just one person can make a difference.

 

 

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Bloggers note:  Please take the time to COMMENT on this Blog Post to show your support for BRINDI, comments can then be passed onto Ms. Waterman and to Brindi’s owner. Confidentiality of your contact info will be honored unless permission to release is provided by you.  Please also be sure to sign the petition:  Link is contained below.

EXTREMELY URGENT. PLEASE READ FROM CAROL WATERMAN, MONTREAL, QC. CANADA: Founder and President of Canadian Volunteers for the Protection of Animals (CVPA)

  (copied and pasted with permission)

TIS THE SEASON TO BE JOLLY ??

 

For many animals, it will be the season to be jolly, but sadly for others, it will not be !!

 

I am a dedicated animal activist, Founder and President of Canadian Volunteers for the Protection of Animals (CVPA) and reside on the South Shore of Montreal, Quebec.

 

As you are well aware our Canadian animal laws are extremely antiquated and need to be drastically changed.  I won’t write about our ever-failing MAPAQ (Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries & Food) in charge of our Quebec animal laws. That will be another story for the near future.
Many animals have been abandoned, lost or abused.  Many end up in shelters because of the lack of room at non-profit rescues.   Many of those innocent beings, who end up in shelters are killed via methods of euthanasia, or inhumanely killed “en masse” in gas chambers,  or with heart sticks.  It is heartbreaking to know that all these animals have suffered most of their lives and then die a horrific death !!     In the meantime, we non-paid activists, volunteers and  rescues  work on a daily basis, trying to save as many animals as we can.  No matter how difficult this work is & sometimes overwhelming we cannot quit, as we will have failed the animals.  They need us as we are  their voices, their hope and their angels !!
I would like to tell you one true story, and one that is very close to many hearts.  It is about one precious, innocent dog in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Her name is Brindi and she won’t be home for the holidays, as she is being held in a Halifax shelter.  There is not much time left before Brindi could be sentenced to death !!  The trial for Brindi’s owner, “Francesca Rogier” is scheduled for March 2 and March 16, 2012. Trial dates were initially set for November 2011, but had to be postponed due to an unfortunate injury to Francesca’s hand.   I know Francesca personally and she is a wonderful, responsible person and loves her dog very much.

 

I am reaching out to all you good-hearted people to help save Brindi.  It would be a miracle if a pro-bono lawyer would open up his/her heart and help Ms Rogier. Francesca does not have legal counsel and has to defend herself & Brindi, against the City of Halifax.  Please send polite letters to the persons mentioned below. Halifax’s provincial law empowers both Minister of Justice “Ross Landry”  and Minister of Municipal Affairs “The Honourable John MacDonnell” to intercede in a case being prosecuted by the Halifax Regional Municipality, and drop charges or stay the proceedings or stop them from going beyond the charges to ask for an order to sentence Brindi to death.    

Please write and/or call them to say this. Use the bullet points below for other arguments that you may wish to make.

Nova Scotia Department of Justice

Minister of Justice Ross Landry:

Hon. Ross Landry justmin@gov.ns.ca

5151 Terminal Road, P.O. Box 7

Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 2L6

Phone: (902) 424-4030
Minister of Municipal Affairs:

Hon. John MacDonnell

snsmrmin@gov.ns.ca

Phone: (902) 424-5550
Fax: (902) 424-0581
Toll Free: 1-800-670-4357

Below are the events that have transpired since 2008.

Since August 2008, thousands of people worldwide, including myself, have been trying to save Brindi. We have a petition on line and to date has gathered 7,492 signatures.  http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/free-brindi-this-dog-must-not-be-euthanized/.  Please circulate the petition and this message to everyone you know and post to your sites.

In this case, Halifax is seeking a court order to kill Brindi as an additional penalty. This is a repeat of the first trial in 2009-2010, in which her owner was charged for three by-law violations and but not until six months after the event, and immediately after the city lost its case in supreme court, but refused to return Brindi.  Brindi’s health has suffered from three years of confinement, and her owner has lost a considerable amount of money, her life put on hold.  

* Halifax decided in 2008 to muzzle, then seize and destroy Brindi, fully aware that she had never attacked a person and had not injured dogs at all, except for one minor injury that was treated with first aid. Ms Rogier spent thousands of dollars on legal fees to save Brindi and her beautiful, gentle dog was finally released in/around July 2010 after spending 2 long years in a shelter.

* Brindi was evaluated by several trainers and behaviorists at the request of her owner. None of these deemed Brindi dangerous. They regard her as territorial, and suggested more training.

* Brindi’s owner, Francesca Rogier, observed all court-imposed conditions for Brindi’s return.

* The conditions are: following a muzzle order, building and maintaining a dog run, and doing further training.

* The conditions were identical to the conditions she originally offered to the city in 2008, but were met with no response from the city.

* The incident leading to Brindi’s second seizure in September 2010 and a third year behind bars was an accidental event. Freak accidents do happen! People should not be punished for them by the destruction of a beloved family member.  She remains incarcerated to this date.

* Moreover, the incident was no more serious than previous incidents. Like those, it occurred on or near her property – i.e. at most, a few feet from the boundary.

* Brindi simply needed more time to readjust to her surroundings, after being locked up for two years without contact with other dogs.

* Francesca worked with trainer Susan Jordan. She did more training that was required and continued after Brindi was released and not because a court ordered it, but because she wanted Brindi to be as perfect as possible.

DOG LAW MUST BE ENFORCED USING REASON AND DISCRETION

* Cities have a role to insure public safety, but within reason: they must also treat dogs and owners fairly.

* By-law infractions are minor offenses that are meant to be fined.

* Killing a dog is not a fair or moral penalty for any by-law infraction.

* If a city seeks to kill a dog it says is dangerous, it must present proper grounds. It must have proof that it has attacked with the intent to kill or do serious harm.

* Dogs that fight dogs are not necessarily a threat to public safety. Dogs are not part of the public. If they were, they would have rights!

* Dogs typically fight dogs as a way to establish dominance. It is no indication they will attack humans. And dogs can be trained out of this behavior.

* Fatalities due to dog attacks rank very low on the list of causes of accidental death and injury. They are not even among the top fifty.

UNFAIR TREATMENT OF DOGS AND OWNERS IS NOT ACCEPTABLE

* Cities should be held to a consistent standard that is in keeping with their usual enforcement of the by-law.

* Halifax decided in 2008 to muzzle, then seize and destroy Brindi, fully aware that she had never attacked a person and had not injured dogs at all, except for one minor injury that was treated with first aid.

* Halifax’s decision to kill Brindi was thus way out of line with its customary enforcement. Its decision to seize Brindi once again is not only cruel and unusual punishment itself, but also in stark contrast with its handling of a recent case of a pit bull that attacked a woman in the throat and face.  

* The city has never had Brindi’s behavior evaluated professionally. It will not be bringing an expert witness to the trial. An animal control officer will testify, but she is not qualified in dog training and behavior.

* Clearly Halifax is not pursuing this case in the interest of public safety.

BOTTOM LINE: BRINDI IS NOT A KILLER AND MUST NOT BE KILLED !!

 

As well, please write to the lawyer for HRM Animal Services, Ms. Katherine Salsman – salsmak@halifax.ca.  DO NOT SEND the above points to the lawyer.  HRM refuses to let Brindi return home, regardless of her ill health.  Since spending three long years in a shelter, Brindi has now developed two chronic conditions –  pancreatitis and dental disease, and  both are directly related to care/lack of care at the shelter. In addition to medical concerns there is the matter of the cost of the tests, which run over $200, in addition to the cost of the visits to the veterinary clinic, which Ms Rogier has been covering since September 2010. This is the second time in a year special tests have been necessitated by Brindi’s condition. In the opinion of Francesca’s vet, they have much to do with her care at the shelter.  These costs are an extra burden for Francesca.  In truth, they are rightly the responsibility of HRM, which I doubt that they will reimburse.

 

Anyone interested in helping should let HRM know that the world is watching and everyone is welcome to contact Ms Salsman directly. This city has not made one move to cooperate, negotiate, be reasonable or compassionate, since the day they took Brindi in July 2008. The very act of taking her followed the highly unreasonable action of muzzling her, which it did with the sole intent of seizing and killing her at the very next opportunity, despite the fact that she had not done anything to deserve it, and regardless of whether she would later hurt anybody or anything. In fact she had not !!  It is not an issue that Halifax wants to “save face” –  Halifax  does not care !!

 

If you write any letters, please send me a copy so that I may send to Ms Rogier.  Thank you for your valuable time, patience & understanding.

 Bloggers note:  Please leave your comments: if you have written a letter on Brindi’s behalf and wish to send to Ms. Waterman, I will then provide you with her personal email address so that you can forward your letter of support personally to her.

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays to Everyone !!   Wishing you Peace and Health for the New Year !!

 

Carol Waterman

President and Founder

Canadian Volunteers for the Protection of Animals (CVPA)

 

What must be going through Brindi’s mind when she sees animal control officers show up at her door again, to take her away again, to be put in a cage again? The picture shown below says it all! This split photo is one of Brindi in July 2010, happy and energetic, socializing with those who love her. The second photo was taken directly after they seized her on September 27, 2010. The utter look of defeat in her eyes and the sadness. This is cruel and unnecessary punishment! We have to do everything we can to help save Brindi’s life!

 

For more information, please see Brindi’s Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/287807274888/

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YELLOWKNIFER: Wednesday November 9, 2011

Feature News

“Puppy dies after being left in garbage bin”

Excerpt:  Northern News Services: by Laura Busch

“ A dying puppy found in a garbage bin outside of a downtown bar last week was euthanized Monday evening at Great Slave Animal Hospital.”

Named Olive, this 8 to 10 week old female husky cross was found near death, after being found “curled up in the corner (of the garbage).”  The pups whimpers were heard outside the Raven Pub located in Yellowknife and a passerby came to her rescue.

Veterinary Assistant Jenna McCrendle stated that it was possible that Olive had also suffered internal damage from some form of physical trauma, possibly a kick or other trauma.  Olive was unable to ingest food or water and was incapable of moving on her own.

Olive who was seriously anemic met a humane death Monday, due only to the fact that Chris Blais took her to the GSAH. It had been a freind of Chris’s who had found the pup and Chris upon seeing her took her himself to the hospital.   Had this young man not taken this action, Olive’s suffering would have continued. Special thanks must also go to Chris’s friend who found the pup and took her home with him.

A second pup was also turned in to the GSAH on Friday and was suffering from a “large abscess on his lower jaw”.  “Teddy Ruxpin” as he was named, has been treated, is doing well and is now  ready for adoption.

Puppies, dogs, cats and kittens across the NWT continue to be neglected, discarded, thrown out in the trash despite the new NWT Dog Act which came into effect Spring 2011.  The new Dog Act is supposed to protect Dogs Only….obviously legislation is not worth the paper it is written on when incidents such as this continue to happen.  There is no protection whatsoever for felines or any other neglected pet in the NWT.  A Comprehensive Animal Protection Act, one which I have been fighting for over three years now, MUST be implemented.  Named ‘Best Place to Abuse Animals’ by the Animal Legal Defense Fund for three consecutive years, this recent incident of “Olive” and “Teddy Ruxpin” reinforces this dubious distinction.

http://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2011/01/03/a-dubious-distinction-given-to-the-northwest-territories-and-nunavut-in-may-2009-and-once-again-in-2010/

Today, it is, with windchill -20 celcius which translates into -52 farenheit.  Knowing that there are likely many more discarded pups, dogs, cats and kittens ‘out there’ left to freeze and starve to death not only breaks my own heart, but it breaks the heart and enrages anyone who actually has a conscience.

Out of the three major cases of Animal Cruelty in the NT during 2010 – 2011 there has only been two successful prosecutions made in the NWT , both of which were in Yellowknife this past Spring.   Well known  Yellowknife musician Lloyd Thrasher received a jail term for the stabbing death of “Garlic” the tiny Chinese Pug which he stole out of Vanessa Baron’s vehicle: http://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2011/06/02/garlic-the-chinese-pug-brutally-stabbed-in-yellowknife-nt-january-2011-gets-some-form-of-justice/   and the second case involved “Yuki”, the sole surviving puppy rescued when RCMP were called to investigate a mother dog who had just given birth to puppies was reported dead with her pups in a yard.  Mother and pups were found frozen to death.  The mother had been pushed out into sub-zero temperatures by her owner when she went into labor.  “Yuki” did survive but suffered frostbite and lost part of her tiny nose.  Additional dogs were found  on very short chains and in a neglected state:

http://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2011/01/20/sole-surviving-wha-ti-puppy-an-public-hearings-on-nt-dog-act/

The third case brought before the courts and which took over a year to finally go to trial was the Hobson case involving 109 dogs, in Hay River,  three of which were immediately humanely euthanized by attending veterinarians from Alberta who participated in the property raid on May 29, 2010.  Five charges were laid in this case.

Twenty-three pups were seized and taken to the Municipally owned Hay River Animal Shelter where volunteers cared for them for two and a half months.  The other 83 dogs were left on the property of the accused in the care of the accused and it was publically stated that Municipal officials would be monitoring the dogs care.  Mid August 2010 22 of the seized pups were ordered destroyed by the Municipal Authorities despite offers to assist in the relocation of these pups aged between 2 and 12 months had been made numerous times.  The one surviving pup  LOKI who escaped the shelter  twice  in June, remains a stray and has been cared for by myself personally since last October.  LOKI also receives food from many of my own neighbors, and has thus far eluded all attempts being made by the By Law Officer to capture him.  It must be noted that the method by which the 22 puppies were destroyed remains a big secret to which no one, not even the Animal Alliance of Canada, can get answers.

Despite the evidence provided and the testimonies, in this case the courts dropped numerous charges and in the end the verdict was Not Guilty.

In 2008 the Behchoko case whereby 44 sled dogs owned by a reknown  Dene artist Archie Beaulieu had to be humanely put down due to severe neglect resulted in charges under the Federal Criminal Code, however the courts stayed these charges and these 44 neglected dogs did not get the Justice they deserved.

Again in Behchoko six puppies were found in a town dumpster with their tiny throats slashed, again in sub-zero temperatures.  Taken to the GSAH only one of these pups survived.  No charges were ever laid in this case.

The Pokiak case in Tuktoyatuk is also another perfect example whereby sled dogs met with neglect, death and the failure of authorities to prosecute or to seize the two surviving sled dogs, despite all attempts made by the BDRSPCA as well as PETA.

The new NWT Dog Act is merely the First Step, it is not the Comprehensive Animal Protection Act which I have been fighting for, but it is a Victory and it also is a historical event in the NWT.  The motion did carry in the Legislative Assembly to continue working towards the Comprehensive Animal Protection Act, a good thing one would say, however until such time as cases of Animal Neglect/Cruelty are successfully prosecuted, until such time as very real educational programs are put in place to change the apparent mindset of so many towards ‘disposable’ animals; until such time as spay/neuter blitzes  are set in place; until such time as qualified highly trained Animal Cruelty Investigators are established within the NWT;  until such time as needed animal shelter facilities are built and supported not only by volunteers and resident donations but also the Territorial Government;  until such time as there is an expansion of much needed veterinary services within the NWT……..puppies, dogs, cats and kittens will continue to be subjected to prolonged suffering, starvation, freezing to death, slashing of throats and gunshot:

http://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2011/02/17/update-on-inuvik-pup-rescued-from-abandoned-pick-up-truck/

With the Territorial Elections now over and GNWT Officials now back to work, it is time to once again put pressure on this government to fulfill the motion carried in the 16th Session to continue working towards a Comprehensive Animal Protection Act, one without the current potentially deadly loophole that was opposed by MLA’s and so many NWT residents.

http://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2011/03/12/nwt-cabinet-voted-to-retain-exception-clause-in-new-dog-act-despite-opposition-to-clause/

http://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2011/03/05/a-year-in-brief-review-%e2%80%93-animal-abuse-in-the-northwest-territories-canada/

 http://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2009/02/01/secrets/

http://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2009/01/24/legacy-of-the-north/

http://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2009/03/05/hail-to-the-nwt-justice-system-northern-dogs-lose-again/

http://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2009/01/29/we-say-tuktoyaktuk-dogs-were-neglected-2/

 

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