Archive for July, 2009

Some positive news for a change, regarding the status on the protection of animals within the NWT.

An excerpt from a recent correspondence received in July from  the Justice Minister, Hon. Jackson Lafferty  confirms 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. ”

As cited in the correspondence received from Mr. Lafferty, a number of issues are being examined, “including the legislative model to adopt”,  as well as just how much consultation in the area is required, and which department will be responsible for this new piece of legislation.  I had submitted  Provincial Animal Protection Acts from across Canada  to the GNWT as template examples many months ago. Mr. Lafferty continued to state that the legilsation is “appropriately balanced”,  thereby protecting animals from individuals who would cause intentional harm to them while still allowing animals to be used for food and not to intefere with hunting and fishing practices. Quite understandable.

The recently received correspondence from the Minister of MACA, Hon. R. McLeod cited that: MACA is currently “moving forward with planned amendments to the Dog Act” which thus far are “limited to protecting only dogs” thereby addressing “immediate concerns regarding the protection of dogs, until more comphrehensive animal protection legislation is implemented.”

This is definitely a pro-active step in the right direction and I must commend the GNWT for looking at the big picture.

Referencing Mr. McLeod’s correspondence, consultation with the GNWT staff and interdepartmental/inter-government counterparts will be part of this overall process and I have been given assurance that MACA officials are currently doing just that.

The initial Petitions and Letters aimed towards the goal of Animal Protection legislation here in the NWT, I began over eighteen months ago.  It has been a time consuming and often heart-breaking journey towards this end.

There is a light at the end of that Tunnel and thus far it appears to be shining brighter.

Please continue to support the progress being made by the GNWT towards this goal as well as those who continue to speak for the animals.

A very special Thank You goes to the Animal Defense League of Canada who have been of enormous support and encouragement to me from the very beginning.  Special Thanks to all of those others from across Canada and globally who have spoken out in support of this new legislation and in support of  my continued work.

To reference the Discussion Paper on Amendments to the Dog Act, please view a prior post in the Archives.

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Below are two beautiful sentiments that I found on the web.  Both are dedicated to animals who continue to suffer the world over.  Can anyone dare to dream that animal cruelty will finally come to an end?  A truly sad statement on today’s Puppy victimsociety that it appears to be human nature to inflict such pain on the innocent, the weak and the helpless.

Dear Shelter Dog,

Author Unknown

I wanted to address this letter to you by name-but sadly, you do not have one.
First and foremost I want you to know that you are loved. You are thought of and prayed for each and every day by many kind people. I want you to know that you did nothing wrong: you simply couldn’t, for wrongdoing is not in your nature.
I don’t know what cruel twist of fate brought you to this place, but I do know that you do not deserve to be here.
I don’t know it if was decided that you were too large or too small, if you barked too much or too little, if someone became allergic to you or if it was simply decided one day that you were an inconvenience.
I don’t know if the children that you were given to lost interest in you when you were not a puppy anymore and no longer considered cute or fun.
I don’t know if you became too old or too sick or if your medical problems became too expensive.
I don’t know if you simply lost your way one day. I am not sure if you were thrown from a car or dropped off by the side of a road, left behind-you may have waited patiently, bewildered, wondering why those you loved never came back. I don’t know if your family moved away and decided not to take you.
I don’t know if you were tortured-taught to fight against your will, and when you loyally obeyed you were punished further by being brought here. I don’t know if your owner died not wanting to leave you behind.
What I do know is this: you are important and you are loved. I do know that I want to hold you and take away your pain.
I want to show you the love and kindness that you deserve
I want you to know that it breaks my heart when I can’t save you.
I want you to know that you are special. Just as special, just as important as any dog living in a home now-because any of those dogs could be you. You come in all sizes shapes and colors. You have unique personalities and behaviors.
It saddens me that the beauty of your kind soul will never be known and cannot be shared from your jail cell.

You may not have a name but you do have a soul and I do know that one day there will be peace for you. God will shower you with the love and warmth you deserve. You will run through the greenest of pastures and feel the warm sun on your face. You will have your very own toys to play with and a comfortable bed to call your own. You will never be sick; feel pain or be lonely again. Your fur will shine and your tail will wag. You are loved, and you are wanted.
Your pleading eyes have burned holes in the hearts of all of us who love you; this is something that I really want you to know. I want to end my letter to you with a promise.
I promise that I will work towards putting an end to shelter life because this is not a place for a beautiful soul like yours.
I want to look into your loving warm eyes and tell you that there is hope; I want you to know that this fight will continue for as long as it takes-it will continue until you are free.
Someone who loves you

Forgiveness!! Wednesday, 4:20 PM
I’ve been beaten, starved, neglected, and all,
No one was there to catch me when I fall.
I sat and I wondered, just what did I do,
To deserve the treatment , I got from you.

I love you so deeply, and I just can’t see,
Why oh why this treatment of me?
I begged and I pleaded for just one ounce of love,
I finally just prayed for help from above.

An Angel, came and put her hands on me,
She said , sweet baby, now you are free.
Free from the pain, free from this man,
You come with me, I’ll help you to stand.

You are a beauty, and we will help people see,
That abused on a chain is not meant to be.
We’ll open their eye’s to what’s real and true,
And I sweet baby, will be standing with you.

So now, I am happy, and I am so free,
Free from the pain, you inflicted on me.
And if I should see you, don’t worry my friend,
We forgive and forgive, and love till the end.

Written by Judy Turner for the abused and voiceless

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