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There has been much by way of   emailing between parties with reference to the controversial No Kill Movement, and in addressing the issues and conversation that ensued, I have received permission from Ms. West to copy and paste her response in one of her communiques.    My own comments are made first and I agree wholeheartedly with Ms. West.

Bloggers Comments:

Over population is definitely NOT and animal problem.  It is in fact a HUMAN problem period!  Every single day, in every single town, city and province countless kittens and puppies are born and cats and dogs are either turned into shelters, are found abandoned and dumped.  Why, because educating the masses as well try to do, stressing the need for spay/neuter is being totally ignored by the ignorant, the money hungry and the irresponsible pet owners not only in Canada but elsewhere throughout the US and every country on the Globe.  It is a HUMAN problem.  We see it everyday, and we clean up the mess and horror left behind.

As far as the laws governing companion animals in this country, we all know how archaic and antiquated these laws are, yet each time a new Bill is brought before the House to improve the legislation and declassify animals as mere property, it is voted down by the current government in power.  Further, shelter funding for the most part is not subsidized by provincial or federal funding and often depends solely upon donations.  What municipally owned shelters there are, are dictated to by the municipal bureaucrats who dictate!!

Over burdened shelters, and especially No-Kill Shelters trying so desperately to find forever homes for those in need,  unlicensed back yard breeders, the human failures of spaying and neutering companion animals, the total lack of responsible pet owners and the failure of municipal, provincial and federal government to properly address the issues of inadequate veterinary services in many areas across Canada, the Federal Legislation, the lack of very real animal protection By-Laws within our communities, municipalities and not having enough qualified, fully educated Animal Cruelty Investigators within each SPCA, town, city, municipality and province/territory is also part of the problem.

We need the powers of Seizure to save distressed animals held in the confines of ongoing neglect, disregard and failures to provide the necessities of life.  Here in Canada, we need the powers that are given to SPCA’s within the US.  Here instead we must depend upon the local police forces for seizure and quite honestly folks they have enough on their hands and distressed and abused animals are the last of their concerns.

Major movements within this country and elsewhere, as Sarah has pointed out, must have one focus to be effective Any problem regarding animal welfare is NOT  a single faceted one The No Kill Solution is taking the shelters to task.  This is one of the problems we have with bad shelter management, lack of cooperation with rescues, not socializing dogs and the list goes on!

We have seen the scandals surrounding the OSPCA, my God my computer files are enormous on that particular issue alone.  Then you take into account the Whistler case, that massive slaughter was unnecessary and fueled only by greed and a failure to effectively monitor such operations. The subsequent investigation into the slaughter was too little too late, and the outcome of the judgement issued by the Courts for this mass murder was merely a slap on the wrist.

WE must, support each other.  WE must be united period.  WE must not criticize or judge that which is being done by any one group or organization in their fight to end cruelty to animals in this country or anywhere else period.  Dissention among the troops proves only to make the army very shaky and ineffective.  While one has the right to disagree, and I will defend that right, we all have one common goal and purpose..to save animals.  Since the Federal Government shows total disrespect and total disregard, often branding many of us as ‘terrorists’ if we speak out against the lack of very real Animal Protection, cutting off charitable status to organizations that openly oppose current ridiculous antiquated legislation and policies..we have only each other from which to draw strength and resources.

 

Ms. West writes:

Areas of Focus That must be Addressed Regarding Pet Overpopulation and Animal Cruelty

 

  1. Education and awareness both public the government courts police and the media ( Bonnie is working on this )
  2. Education and awareness both public the government courts police and the media that animals are sentient beings
  3. Education and awareness with regards to THE CAMBRIDGE DECLARATION ( that animals have the same consciousness as we do) yes we all know this but it’s NOT public knowledge and  certainly NOT known and recognized by the public courts government police and media
  4. Education and awareness via humane education in elementary schools ( I am working on getting certified as a humane educator ) for CFAWR
  5. Education and awareness with regards to the Animal Cruelty Syndrome ( for the public courts, government and media)
  6. Getting the TERM “ Companion Animal” listed in our dictionaries and  as  working on getting the use of this TERM in precedence setting legal cases
  7. Debunking the myth that shelter ect are somehow inferior or broken
  8. The destruction of whose who run puppy mills and back yard breeder
  9. Education and awareness regarding the necessity and positives if spaying and neutering
  10. Creating ways to make spaying and neutering ( more accessible and affordable ) for the public  Mobile vets  and subsidised procedures by the veterinary profession for low income citizens
  11. Legislation that bans the sale of puppies and kitten from pet stores ( Canada wide)
  12. Acceptability of TNR programmes by municipalities ( Canada wide)
  13.  Complete transparency and better shelter management by shelters and humane societies ( FOCUS for the NO KILL MOVEMENT) and Bill Bruce the Calgary Model Bonnie also working on this
  14.  Animals removed as property from the Canadian criminal code and PROPER Animal welfare legislation brought into Canada ( CFAWR is trying to work on this tiny step  by tiny step
  15.  Creating and establishing relationships with those MP’s trying to make changes to federal and provincial cruelty legislation ( Peggy Nash Mac Harb Mark Holland ect
  16.  Contraception for cats and dogs Alliance for Contraception in Cats and Dogs
  17. Cohesiveness, elimination of back biting and power struggles inherent in many animal welfare rescuers and groups ( animal advocacy underground)
  18. Animal advocacy volunteer training/ support regarding education speaking with media, animal care and networking for animals in need

 

If we have groups and movements taking on any of these’ issues of this multi-faceted program…. it is a good thing!   No one group can do it all and we cannot criticize each other if any one of us feel that something is fundamentally wrong with a specific group then don’t work with them  Keep doing what you are doing, but I feel other than that we must work together as Bonnie says.

 

Think about this list above.  This is a huge problem  almost beyond comprehension but we can neither be “ overwhelmed” or critical.  All efforts are helping and the No Kill movement may be doing some things you don’t like  but the fact that Nathan Winograd has started this is a good thing.  Many animals lives have been saved by his movement and that is a good thing regardless. I for one glad am he is on the ground fighting back with the No Kill Movement

All of us have to pick one focus and working on creating a dove- tail relationships with others who have a different  mandate and focus! It is out of “ combined” efforts that will and do make a difference for all the animals we care for so deeply.

 

We can’t change other countries but we can all come together to do what we can for Canada and her animals and creatures, wild, marine, stray ,farm and companion.

 

Sincerely

 

Sarah West Founder/President

Canadians For Animal Welfare Reform (CFAWR) www.cfawr.org

Contact us via cfawr@telus.net  

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Well old man winter is upon us, lots of snow, high winds and frigid temperatures.  It is blowing strong as I write this, I can hear the wind howling outside my window.  How anything survives up here is beyond me.  Song birds, fragile finches….I must remember to top up my feeders and clear away the snow from them again today.

LOKI was here last night for a hearty warm dinner.

Of course “Fiddle” was in tow:

  She is such a sweet girl, loves belly rubs and of course treats.  While LOKI ate, Fiddle and I laid in the snow and cuddled. It was actually quite a nice evening.  Quiet and surreal.

It is very important that LOKI gets his meals at least twice a day if not more.  The process of digesting food produces body heat, good nutrition also maintains a thick healthy coat and body mass, all of which are needed especially during these cold long winter months.  Fresh water is also needed, eting snow will dehydrate an animal just as it will a human.

Loki is lucky, with his dense undercoat and long guard hairs, he has insulation against the extreme cold, but even with all of that I have watched him lift his paws, his feet being cold, the soft foot pads can easily freeze and ice can build up between the pads and toes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One must also remember that short haired dogs cannot be left out for long in this frigid weather, even if they have a doghouse.  Insulated shelters are of course the best.  Ears, tails, noses, feet can all freeze..we all know the severe pain when our fingers and toes start to freeze up…imagine what the dog feels. Severe frostbite can result in the loss of ear tips, tail and even a limp, gangrene can set in resulting in the need for amputation.  Hemi for example loves to be outside but not for long.  His coat is short and dense and he does have undercoat, but his feet freeze up quickly and his ears do not have the thick hair needed to withstand these temps.

Philly, while he looks as if he has a thick coat he actually has no undercoat.  It is his top coat (guard hair) that is curly and gives the appearance of thickness.  He cannot tolerate the cold nor hot days.

Cats too, should not be left outside for long. Personally none of my cats are allowed outside period and are perfectly happy about it.  Luna has a really long thick coat which would easily cake with ice.  She would also be exposed to many air born diseases that cats can get outside as well as internal parasites if she were hunting mice and birds.  Keeping your cat indoors ensures health and a long life, also protection from predators.

Rule of thumb…if your skin will freeze in seconds….if it is too cold for you to be out there…then it is too cold for your pet to be out there!!!

 

 

 

 

I will continue to keep an ever watchful eye on LOKI, ensuring he gets as much warm food as he wants, no matter what the weather or the temperature.  If I must look for him out there I will, he sometimes does not always come to the backyard, so putting on my snow suit and bundling up is all part of it.  He is very special and will continue to get a fighting chance as long as I am alive.  My hopes to have him decide to join my family are still alive and well.

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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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A dear friend who founded C4P (Cause for Paws) included this in her newsletter.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TtGT2apOlKw&feature=player_embedded#at=13

This is a wonderful video that honors Pitbulls.  A breed so feared due only to the mass publicity surrounding a specific breed exploited in the Dog Fighting rings.  This VICTIM has proven itself time and time again NOT to be the mindless killer that the public thinks.

Other breeds such as German Shepherds, Rotties, Dobermans and Mastiffs have received bad reputations, yet for those who have shared their homes with these devoted and loyal breeds, we know this reputation to be untrue.

Remember, even a Teacup Poodle can become vicious if treated inhumanely with cruelty and neglect.

There is no such thing as a BAD DOG,

the reality is that there are BAD OWNERS.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMdaQXssnms&NR=1&feature=fvwp

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MAN TORTURES, KILLS 29 DOGS, FORCING KIDNAPPED GIRLFRIEND TO WATCH – WTRF-TV-WTRF.com

http://www.wtrf.com/story.cfm?func=viewstory&storyid=95738

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THIS BEAUTIFUL LITTLE PUP HAS RECENTLY BEEN RESCUED BY LINDA ECCLES, PRES. OF THE BEAUFORT DELTA REGIONAL SPCA IN INUVIK

DUMPED AND LEFT TO SUFFER A HORRIBLE DEATH OF STARVATION AND FREEZING TO DEATH, HE WAS FOUND ABANDONED, DUMPED IN THE BACK OF AN ABANDONED PICK UP TRUCK.

WHY OH WHY WAS HE NOT SURRENDERED TO THE BDRSPCA TO BEGIN WITH???

THIS PUPPY IS DESCRIBED AS BEING TERRIFIED, CRINGING WHENEVER APPROACHED..CONCLUSION THIS PUP WAS SEVERELY ABUSED.

THE PUP IS EATING AND VOIDING, AND THERE IS NO EVIDENCE OF  PARASITIC INFESTATION OR OF INTERNAL INJURIES.

TIME, PATIENCE AND LOVE WILL HELP TO HEAL HIM, YET HE WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER THE ACTIONS OF THE IRRESPONSIBLE, UNCARING AND INDIFFERENT INDIVIDUAL WHO CHOSE TO DUMP HIM AND LEAVE HIM TO DIE IN THE SUB-ZERO TEMPERATURES OF THE CANADIAN NORTH.

WORKING WITH RESCUED, ABUSED ANIMALS IS PAINSTAKING.  TRUST MUST BE BUILT BETWEEN THE PUP AND LINDA AND HER HUSBAND.

 

SINCE DECEMBER 2010 THE BDRSPCA HAS RELOCATED APPROXIMATELY 74 DOGS, WHICH INCLUDES PUPPIES TO FULLY EQUIPPED SHELTERS ELSEWHERE IN CANADA.  THESE ANIMALS WILL NOW  RECEIVE THE MEDICAL TREATMENT NEEDED, A CHANCE AT FOREVER HOMES AND THE LOVE AND CARE TO WHICH THEY ALL HAVE A RIGHT.

THE UNACCEPTABLE LOCAL PRACTICE OF DUMPING ANIMALS CONTINUES AND IT MUST STOP!

EACH AND EVERYONE OF US CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.  ACTIVELY RESCUE AND CARE FOR THOSE THAT YOU CAN AND   SPEAK OUT AGAINST THIS COMMON UNACCEPTABLE LOCAL PRACTICE.

PLEASE CONTACT:

Chairman on Dog Act Hearings:  Kam Lake MLA David Ramsay:  david_ramsay@gov.nt.ca

PLEASE SIGN: AND MAKE YOUR VOICES HEARD.  THE NEW NT DOG ACT IS EXPECTED TO BE IN EFFECT EARLY MARCH 2011.  TIME IS RUNNING OUT TO ENSURE THE DEADLY LOOPHOLE: “MAKE EXCEPTIONS FOR ACCEPTED LOCAL PRACTICES OR TRADITIONS”  MUST BE DELETED!!!

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/2/Oppose-deadly-loophole-in-NWT-Dog-Act/

A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO LINDA ECCLES AND HER HUSBAND GREG STROMGREN FOR THE AMAZING WORK THAT THEY CONTINUE TO DO IN THE BEAUFORT DELTA REGION AND FOR THEIR PERSONAL HEARTBREAK  ENDURED ALL OF THESE YEARS DUE TO THE NEGLIGENT, IRRESPONSIBLE, INDIFFERENT AND COMPLACENT ATTITUDES SHOWN TO THESE ANIMALS.

ALL COMMENTS ARE MOST WELCOME.  PLEASE SHOW THE BDRSCPA YOUR SUPPORT BY APPLAUDING THIS TEAM AS WELL.

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Update:  emails are being sent to MLA David Ramsay who is chairing the Public Hearings scheduled within the next weeks on the New NWT Dog Act.    Copies of these emails are being cc’d to:

protectionofnorthernanimals@gmail.com

Mr. Ramsay has been and continues to be a sincere and valued voice for Animal Protection in the NWT and also opposes this loophole.  Unfortunately other MLA’s do not.

Please take the time to protest this deadly loophole: “make exceptions for accepted local or traditional practices” by emailing:

david_ramsay@gov.nt.ca

The more opposition that is presented the stronger the message that this clause is totally unacceptable and MUST be deleted.

Thank you to  The Animal Defense League of Canada, Animal Alliance of Canada, C4P (Cause 4 Paws), NWT SPCA, Beaufort Delta Regional SPCA and to those who have already contacted Mr. Ramsay and speaking out for the animals.

THIS IS HOW A HAPPY, HEALTHY AND CARED FOR DOG SHOULD LOOK

HE SENDS HIS THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU.

 

 

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Mother and daughter, without shelter, starving.  Picture Courtesy: BDRSPCA Inuvik

This is NOT an Acceptable Practice

Per the letter dated December 22, 2010 which I received From MLA David Ramsay, Public Hearings on the above Bill to Amend the current NT Dog Act are now scheduled.

It is critical that this new Dog Act for the Northwest Territories become active Legislation,  while it is a vast improvement over the archaic existing Dog Act, remember it still only applies to DOGS and no other domestic animal.

The Northwest Territories has a very long way to go before a real pat on the back can be made.  Comprehensive Animal Protection must be put into place as has been done throughout the rest of Canada.

Quoted Excerpt from letter:

“This bill makes amendments to the Dog Act that:

1.  clarify that a dog is in distress if it does not have adequate food, water, shelter, necessary veterinary care or if it is subject to obvious abuse or neglect;

2.  make exceptions for locally accepted or traditional practices

3. allow bylaw and RCMP officers to enter a premises or vehicle and take custody of dogs in distress; and

4. increase the penalties for offenses under the Act to a maximum of a $5,000 fine and three months in jail for a single offence; and a $10,000 fine and six months in jail for repeat offences.”

“Written submissions are also encouraged and will be accepted until January 14, 2011″


Please note Item #2  could pose a real problem as a loophole in this new Act. The whole purpose of Animal Protection is just that protecting animals..i.e. if it is a locally accepted practice or locally accepted traditional practice to leave ones animal without shelter in sub-zero temperatures, or to feed every other day minimum food scraps…..or to neglect the animal for days…that is unacceptable under the Federal Criminal Code of Canada.

This Section of the Federal Criminal Code is quite Clear:

The Criminal Code is a federal law that is in force everywhere in Canada. Section 446 of the Criminal Code states:

You are guilty of an offence if you:

  1. willfully cause or allow unnecessary pain, suffering, or injury to an animal;
  2. by willful neglect cause injury to animals while they are being transported;
  3. abandon an animal or fail to provide it with enough suitable food, water, shelter, and care;
  4. participate in any way in the fighting of animals (example: arranging or attending a cockfight or dogfight);
  5. administer a poison or injury-causing drug to any domestic or captive wild animal or allow this to happen (example: poisoning a neighbor’s cat or spraying a dog with oven cleaner);
  6. are involved in any way with the release of captive birds for the purpose of shooting them;

Note: Section 429 of the Criminal Code defines “willful” in the following way:

“If you cause something to happen, either by doing it or by not doing something you should do, and you know what the results will be, you are considered to have done so “willfully”. (Example: failing to feed an animal could be considered to a “willful” act, since you know that an animal will starve if it is not fed).”

In addition:

that Criminal Code s.448 (3) states:

“For the purposes of proceedings under paragraph (1)(a) or (b), evidence that a person failed to exercise reasonable care or supervision of an animal or a bird thereby causing it pain, suffering, damage or injury is, in the absence of any evidence to the contrary, proof that the pain, suffering, damage or injury was caused or was permitted to be caused wilfully, or was caused by wilful neglect, as the case may be.”

Passive Cruelty (Acts of Omission) Quoted from  Pet-Abuse.com
“Passive cruelty is typified by cases of neglect, where the crime is a lack of action rather than the action itself – however do not let the terminology fool you. Severe animal neglect can cause incredible pain and suffering to an animal.
Examples of neglect are starvation, dehydration, parasite infestations, allowing a collar to grow into an animal’s skin, inadequate shelter in extreme weather conditions, and failure to seek veterinary care when an animal needs medical attention.
In many cases of neglect where an investigator feels that the cruelty occurred as a result of ignorance,
they may attempt to educate the pet owner and then revisit the situation to check for improvements. In
more severe cases however, exigent circumstances may require that the animal is removed from the site
immediately and taken in for urgent medical care.”

Please submit your own comments to: before January 14, 2011

Hon. Robert McLeod,
Minister Municipal and Community Affairs
P.O. Box 1320, Yellowknife, NT X1A 2L9

MLA, David Ramsay, Chairman
Standing Committee on Economic Development and Infrastructure
P.O. Box 1320, Yellowknife, NT X1A 2L9
Fax:  867-873-0432
Phone: 867-669-2299

 

Calls for animal cruelty laws grow louder

http://www.nnsl.com/frames/newspapers/2009-03/mar6_09brf2.html

A brutal act


Owner woke up to discover his dog murdered


http://www.nnsl.com/frames/newspapers/1999-09/sep27_99dog.html

Nunavut, N.W.T. have worst animal protection laws in Canada: report

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/north/story/2009/05/21/animal-defense-report.html

MEETINGS AS SCHEDULED

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Effective and enforced Animal Protection Legislation is needed in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut now, not later.

Please support by signing the newest petition at:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/protecting-northern-animals

Thank you.

He Did Not Deserve This

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A recent write up in the Edmonton Sun “Warm homes for cold dogs” http://www.edmontonsun.com/news/edmonton/2009/12/22/12245696.html
cites truly good news for the Northern dogs who continue to suffer cruelty and neglect in Canada’s North.  Koodos to the Alberta animal lovers who have stepped up to the plate to aid in the rescue, relocation and who will hopefully find new forever homes for these deserving animals.

For decades dogs, animals in general, have been considered “disposable”.  Note that term comes from a reliable source.  The blatant disregard for their care and welfare is more than evident and continues unabated and without consequence.

While good, caring and responsible pet owners shudder at the continued published accounts of animal cruelty and are often witness to the suffering of these innocent victims and while these same individuals may speak up, may make reports of incidents, there remains within them a fear of retaliation, as well as the sense that any reports which they may have the courage to make are disregarded by authorities.  After all it is just a dog, just a cat, and there are so many more important matters to attend to.

While written assurances have been received by this writer from the Minister of MACA: Hon. Robert McLeod and the Minister of Justice: Hon. Jackson Lafferty  who wrote that “the Department of Justice is working with other Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) departments towards the goal of introducing new animal protection legislation.  The government has committed to bringing forward this legislation during the life of the 16th Assembly….the Department of Municipal and Community Affairs is currently moving forward with planned amendments to the Dog Act.  These amendments, while limited to protecting only dogs, will address the immediate concerns regarding the protection of dogs, until more comprehensive animal protection legislation is implemented.” (July 6, 2009) Note that the 16th Assembly does not end until August 2011.  How many more animals will suffer horrifically during the next two years???

In a letter dated August 24, 2009 received from MACA, Mr. McLeod writes “As you know, the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) through the Departments of Justice and Municipal and Community Affairs (MACA), is developing new legislation to address animal welfare in the NWT, as well as revising the Dog Act as an interim measure until animal welfare legislation is developed and enacted.” In his response to my position that the Dog Act should be replaced by comprehensive animal protection legislation to protect all animals in the North, Mr. McLeod responded “Your point is excellent, however, developing and implementing comprehensive animal protection legislations will take time.  In the meantime, MACA is moving forward with amendments to the Dog Act to address immediate concerns.”

Unfortunately as stated by Kam Lake MLA David Ramsay “The fall is here, the snow is falling and Christmas is coming.  Where exactly is this legislation, how come it hasn’t even gone to committee yet?” http://www.cjcd.ca/archives.boa (MLA unhappy with state of NWT animal rights laws (03-Nov-2009) Further Mr. Ramsay refers to the current NWT Dog Act as archaic: http://www.cjcd.ca/archives.boa (MLA Says Animal Neglect Has To Be Dealt With (09-Mar-2009).

In addition to MLA David Ramsay, Weledeh MLA Bob Bromley has spoken out in support and is calling for  “prompt revision of the animal protection laws”  http://www.cjcd.ca/archives.boa (Animal Lovers Want Tougher Protection Laws (23-Feb-2009).  In fact you will find Mr. Bromley’s Member’s Statement to the Legislature on Animal Rights Legislation on page 2176 of the Northwest Territories Hansard (February 12,2009). http://google.gov.nt.ca/search?q=page 2176&site=Legislative_Assembly&sort=date%3AD%3AL%3Ad1&output=xml_no_dtd&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&client

The Legislature is now on Christmas Break and Session will begin again on January 27, 2010.  Will this important piece of much needed Legislation be dealt with?  Will the issues to amend the current archaic Dog Act finally be brought before committee?  Will concerned, caring and responsible pet owners finally see progress being made for the welfare of the animals in the NWT?  Or will their call for Animal Protection be disregarded just as is the welfare and care of the animals unfortunate enough to be born in and to live in the NWT???
Pictures submitted by Beafort Delta Regional SPCA Director : early 2009.  No shelter, malnourished mother and pup.  Do these dogs look well cared for to you?

How about these dogs?  pictures submitted 2008,  by Beaufort Delta Regional SPCA Director.

Found frozen to the bottom of his wooden doghouse.  Did not survive.

Below: Victims in Tuktoyaktuk 2009, please see prior posts regarding these dogs in the Archives.  No charges laid. PETA speaks out.

To voice your own concern and support please use the following contact listings:

Minister of Municipal and Community Affairs      robert_c_mcleod@gov.nt.ca    (867) 669-2366

Minister of Justice
jackson_lafferty@gov.nt.ca   (867) 669-2399

Hon. Robert McLeod, Minister of Municipal and Community Affairs
Hon. Jackson Lafferty, Minister of Justice
Legislative Assembly Building
4570    48th Street
Yellowknife, NT
X1A 2L9

Bob Bromley MLA, Weledeh :                   bob_bromley@gov.nt.ca   (867) 669-2272

David Ramsay MLA, Kam Lake:              david_ramsay@gov.nt.ca   (867) 669-2296

Paul Delorey, MLA Hay River North:    paul_delorey@gov.nt.ca     (867) 669-2233

Please take the time to browse the following links to get a true feel of the situation for animals in the North.

http://www.cjcd.ca/archives.boa
You will have to scroll through the CJCD Archives (tip: search Animal Cruelty to find the titles below).
Behchoko puppy doing well after throat injury (05-Nov-2009)
Animal abuse case leaves three puppies dead, one recovering (22-Oct-2009)
Animal Neglect Charges Stayed for Behchoko Artist (06-Mar-2009)
Charges Coming in Case of Animal Neglect (14-Oct-2008)
Behchoko Artist Could Be Charged For Horrific Neglect of Dogs (14-Oct-2008)
Severely Damaged HR Dog Receiving Care (23-Apr-2008)
Animals and pellet guns don’t mix (18-May-2006)
NWT SPCA not sorry for emotional appeal to adopt animals in shelter (15-May-2006)
Hay River Shooting (11-May-2005)
Justice Minister Concerned Over Animal Welfare (01-Feb-2005) former Justice Minister
Cats left out in the cold (27-Jan-2004)
Dog Update (22-Sep-2003)
Hey want a dog? (15-Sep-2003)

http://www.nnsl.com/frames/newspapers/2009-11/nov6_09brf.html
MLA wants animal cruelty act

http://www.nnsl.com/frames/newspapers/2009-05/may25_09aa.html

http://www.nnsl.com/frames/newspapers/2009-02/feb20_09brf1.html
Animal rights left to the dogs

http://www.nnsl.com/frames/newspapers/2005-02/feb2_05edit.html
Dogs deserve better treatment

http://www.nnsl.com/frames/newspapers/2005-02/feb2_05dg.html
Police open probe into dog slaughter

http://www.nnsl.com/frames/newspapers/1999-10/oct4_99edit.html
http://www.nnsl.com/frames/newspapers/2008-12/dec3_08act-nun.html
http://www.nnsl.com/frames/newspapers/2001-12/dec7_01spc.html

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