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Please urge the Territorial Government to delete in its entirety this deadly clause;  “make exceptions for accepted local or traditional practices”

 

 

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

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Animals not merely property

http://www.bclocalnews.com/opinion/letters/112900274.html

B.C. leads country in humane treatment of farm animals, poll shows

http://www.vancouversun.com/life/leads+country+humane+treatment+farm+animals+poll+shows/4030506

Ontario man moves across Canada to save his dog

http://www.globallethbridge.com/Ontario+moves+across+Canada+save/4065741/story.html

Zoo zebra dies- Clg

http://www.calgarysun.com/news/alberta/2010/12/24/16667676.html

Criminal Charges Filed In Animal Neglect Case

http://www.portageonline.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=20255&Itemid=469

 

Mountie rescues stray dogs in northern Manitoba

http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/Canada/20101229/feral-dogs-rcmp-northern-manitoba-101229/

 

Culprits sought in shocking animal cruelty case

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/montreal/story/2011/01/07/animal-cruelty-quebec.html

 

Dogs often left to freeze, shot on Man. reserve

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/manitoba/story/2010/12/22/man-shamattawa-dogs-puppies-killed.html#ixzz19M7PO4oS

 

Animals not merely property

http://www.bclocalnews.com/opinion/letters/112900274.html

 

Skinny bear cubs baffle experts

http://www.timescolonist.com/technology/Skinny+bear+cubs+baffle+experts/4067801/story.html#ixzz1ALzGITYy

 

B.C. leads country in humane treatment of farm animals, poll shows

http://www.vancouversun.com/life/leads+country+humane+treatment+farm+animals+poll+shows/4030506

 

Smiths Falls man mourns dog killed by animal trap

http://www.ottawacitizen.com/Smiths+Falls+mourns+killed+animal+trap/4054351/story.html#ixzz1ASh30UOC

 

Dog killed by hunter’s trap

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/new-brunswick/story/2011/01/06/nb-dog-killed-in-trap.html

 

Ontario man moves across Canada to save his dog

http://www.globallethbridge.com/Ontario+moves+across+Canada+save/4065741/story.html

Calgary Year of the Cat campaign focuses on unwanted pets

http://www.calgaryherald.com/life/Calgary+Year+campaign+focuses+unwanted+pets/4073603/story.html#ixzz1ASaoFVsq

 

Guinea pigs poisoned, Edmonton probe confirms

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/edmonton/story/2010/12/23/edmonton-zoo.html

 

Zoo zebra dies- Clg

http://www.calgarysun.com/news/alberta/2010/12/24/16667676.html

Criminal Charges Filed In Animal Neglect Case

http://www.portageonline.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=20255&Itemid=469

 

Mountie rescues stray dogs in northern Manitoba

http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/Canada/20101229/feral-dogs-rcmp-northern-manitoba-101229/

Man arrested in Victoria after puppy beaten to death

http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/Canada/20110101/puppy-killed-victoria-…110101/

 

Dogs often left to freeze, shot on Man. reserve

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/manitoba/story/2010/12/22/man-shamattawa-dogs-puppies-killed.html#ixzz19M7PO4oS

 

Pet’s death sparks outrage

Dog found dead in leg-hold trap on Back bay island

http://nnsl.com/northern-news-services/stories/papers/dec15_10dg.html

 

 

 

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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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Dead pup found on riverbank, Hay River, NT

 

 

 

 

 

Found still alive and frozen to floor of wooden dog house. Photos courtesy BDRSPCA, Inuvik

This once beautiful young female had to be destroyed due to severe neglect suffered.  Photo:  BDRSPCA, Inuvik  2008

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This puppy rescued from youth trying to crush her under their bicycles for fun!! Hay River, NT

 

 

 

Tuktoyaktuk, NT:  2 surviving sled dogs owned by Pokiak.  Others were found dead frozen to the ground.  RCMP called in, no charges laid, animals were not seized and their fate still remains unknown.

 

 

 

8 week old puppy found starving and nearly frozen to death

beside dumpster, 2008, Hay River, NT

 

“Best Place to be an Animal Abuser”:  a dubious distinction given to the Northwest Territories and Nunavut in May 2009 and once again in 2010.

During the month of January four Public Hearings are to be held concerning the Amended Dog Act which was brought before the Legislative Assembly on November 1, 2010.  These Public Hearings are being conducted in order to allow residents to submit their own views, thoughts and comments to the Standing Committee on Economic Development and Infrastructure chaired by MLA David Ramsay.  Mr. Ramsay has been in the past a vocal supporter for improved animal protection within the NWT.
The main point of contention contained in the amended Dog Act is the very deadly loophole:

“make exceptions for locally accepted or traditional practices”

As evidenced in so many media and news accounts already published reporting on cases of horrific animal cruelty; “locally accepted or traditional practices” have already been the sole contributor to the vast number of dogs who have suffered at the hands of not only irresponsible owners but also at the hands of those who perhaps, dare it be said, enjoy inflicting pain on the helpless.

Tolerated “locally accepted or traditional practices” as seen within the NWT are not acceptable nor tolerable under the Federal Criminal Code of Canada, which applies to everyone, everywhere in Canada.

2010 was again a very bad year for dogs across the NWT.
Wha Ti, NT: “Yuki” is the sole surviving puppy removed from the property of a person who forced her mother outside to deliver her puppies in sub-zero temperatures. Early in the year it is reported that approximately 8 to 10 dogs had been previously removed from this property.  “Yuki” lost part of her tiny nose to frostbite, however her mother and litter mates were found frozen to death when RCMP arrived.  RCMP also seized 2-3 more dogs found on this property, one being on such a short tether the animal could not even lay down, all were in a poor state due to neglect.

May 29, 2010: Hay River Hoarding Case:  109 dogs involved, 4 immediately put down for humane reasons; 23 puppies seized and cared for at Town shelter for 2 ½ months only to be secretly removed and destroyed by order of Town Officials instead of relocated when offer made for relocation assistance was ignored. Question remains just how these puppies were destroyed!!

Beh Choko Town Dump: 6 tiny puppies found with their throats slashed, discarded like trash because the owner failed to spay his/her animal; chose to not surrender these tiny puppies so that they could find loving homes and with a total disregard and respect for the sanctity of life, slashed their throats and threw them away like garbage.  Only one puppy was lucky enough to survive.

Beh Choko: 44 Sled Dogs destroyed due to severe neglect.  Charges against Dene Artist Archie Bealieau were stayed by the Crown which failed to invoke Sections 448 and 429 of F.C.C.

Chaining a dog outside, providing food every few days, subjecting the animal to sub-zero temperatures without proper arctic shelter;  failing to provide exercise and a quality of life;  abandoning ones dog in ones back yard without food, water and shelter in sub-zero temperatures while one takes a mini vacation as in the case of “Blaze” is intolerable and unacceptable. When Blaze’s situation was reported to Municipal Authorities no action was taken whatsoever to investigate or help this dog, despite the violation of existing By-Laws and the Federal Criminal Code.

Can this then be said to be an “acceptable local practice”;  to abandon ones animal for a week while one trots off for a Christmas vacation and to have Municipal Authorities ignore the situation????????

An URGENT REQUEST FOR ACTION is being submitted to all Rescue Groups and those who serve in the rescue of animals to submit their own letters protesting this GAPING AND DEADLY LOOPHOLE “make exceptions for locally accepted or traditional practices” contained in the Amended Dog Act which will serve only to perpetuate the horrific animal cruelty that has gone for decades in the Northwest Territories.

Please submit your letters and comments prior to January 14, 2011 and please also provide copies to me:  protectionofnorthernanimals@gmail.com.  I will be making a presentation at the Public Hearing on January 18, 2011 here in Hay River.
Please write to:
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
Email:  david_ramsay@gov.nt.ca

https://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2010/12/30/public-hearings-on-bill-16-an-act-to-amend-the-dog-act/

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“Best Place to be an Animal Abuser”:  a dubious distinction given to the Northwest Territories and Nunavut in May 2009 and once again in 2010.

During the month of January four Public Hearings are to be held concerning the Amended Dog Act which was brought before the Legislative Assembly on November 1, 2010.  These Public Hearings are being conducted in order to allow residents to submit their own views, thoughts and comments to the Standing Committee on Economic Development and Infrastructure chaired by MLA David Ramsay.  Mr. Ramsay has been in the past a vocal supporter for improved animal protection within the NWT.

The main point of contention contained in the amended Dog Act is the very deadly loophole:

“make exceptions for locally accepted or traditional practices”

As evidenced in so many  media and news accounts already published reporting on cases of horrific animal cruelty; “locally accepted or traditional practices” have already been the sole contributor to the vast number of dogs who have suffered at the hands of not only irresponsible owners but also at the hands of those who perhaps, dare it be said, enjoy inflicting pain on the helpless.

2010 was again a very bad year for dogs across the NWT.  In the community of Wha Ti, “Yuki” is the sole survivor removed from the property of a person who forced her mother, while she was in labor, outside to deliver her puppies in sub-zero temperatures. Early in the year it is reported that approximately 8 to 10 dogs had been previously removed from this property.  “Yuki” lost part of her tiny nose to frostbite, however her mother and litter mates were found frozen to death  when RCMP arrivied.  RCMP also seized 2-3 more dogs found on this property, one being on such a short tether the animal could not even lay down, all were in a poor state due to neglect.

Then there are the 6 tiny puppies found at the Beh Choko dump with their throats slashed, discarded like trash because the owner failed to spay his/her animal; chose to not surrender these tiny puppies so that they could find loving homes and with a total disregard and respect for the sanctity of life, slashed their throats and threw them away like garbage.  Only one puppy was lucky enough to survive.

A number of years ago, another horrific case in Beh Choko saw 44 dogs humanely destroyed due to the severe neglect they suffered at the hands of a reknown Dene Artist.  While charges were laid in this case, the Crown stayed these charges failing to invoke Sections 429 and 448 of the Federal Criminal Code.

In a prior post “Tuktoyaktuk – Cruelty Capital of Canada” the plight of two surviving sled dogs was also revealed.

Numerous pictures have been posted on this Blog of the animal victims that have and continue to suffer in the NWT due to the outright complacency and indifference and the failure of the Justice system to effectively prosecute animal abuse offenders.

Tolerated “locally accepted or traditional practices” as seen within the NWT are not acceptable nor tolerable under the Federal Criminal Code of Canada, which applies to everyone, everywhere in Canada.

Chaining a dog outside, providing food every few days, subjecting the animal to sub-zero temperatures without proper arctic shelter;  failing to provide exercise and a quality of life;  abandoning ones dog in ones back yard without food, water and shelter in sub-zero temperatures while one takes a mini vacation as in the case of “Blaze” is intolerable and unacceptable. When Blaze’s situation was reported to Municipal Authorities no action was taken whatsoever to investigate or help this dog, despite the violation of existing By-Laws and the Federal Criminal Code.

Can this then be said to be an “acceptable local practice”;  to abandon ones animal for a week while one trots off for a Christmas vacation and to have Municipal Authorities ignore the situation????????

Can it be said, as was in another prior incident further North, an acceptable “local practice” to have Municipal Officials ignore and violate their own By-Laws? without consequence, resulting in the needless death of numerous dogs which could have been relocated?

While it is true that conditions in the North are extreme, common sense and respect given towards the animal  should be a mandatory requirement.  A dog is a dog, is a dog, be it a working animal or not, and to keep using the excuse that working animals face harsher conditions is ludicrous.  Neglecting a working dog, forcing it to endure sub-zero temperatures, denying it daily nutritional meals, fresh water,  exercise and medical care is no different than doing the same to a Poodle.  The Law is the Law under the FCC Sections 429, 448 and 429.  There are no exceptions!

A report was published in October 2010 “Evaluation and delivery of domestic animal health services in remote communities in the Northwest Territories: A case study of status and needs”.  CVJ/Vol 51 /October 2010.”

Upon physical examination of  a group of subject dogs, it was reported that “54%” of these animals were “thin” and “4%” were “emancipated”. Further only “20%” of dogs had been sterilized, only “37%” had received vaccinations against rabies and only “29%” had received de-worming medications.

The lack of veterinary care is a major issue, in that out of the 33 communities only 2 at the time of this report were fortunate enough to have private veterinary services.  Now that is down to one community as Inuvik has since lot their resident veterinarian. The only existing private veterinary health care now available is in Yellowknife.

One can also add to the existing lack of readily available veterinary care, the lack of available fully equipped animal shelters run by qualified highly trained professionals in Animal Health and Welfare.  Further, while the “Cities, Towns and Villages 2003 Act” allows these communities to initiate their own By-Laws, many communities cannot afford By-Law Officers, and depend solely upon RCMP detachments within their area.  What very few shelters that do exist, are poorly equipped and manned as compared to established shelters elsewhere in Canada. Even those shelters or animal holding facilities owned and operated by local Town Officials could not be considered up to the established Kennel Standards applicable across the rest of Canada.  Rescued animals across the NWT for the most part are cared for by groups of dedicated volunteers, and private  individuals who place a high value on the lives of these animals.

The continued practice used of rounding up stray dogs utilizing the “shoot to kill” policy clearly indicates the increasing need to not only educate owners, but also for the GNWT to hold spay/neuter clinics (free if need be) to curb the canine population explosion.  Successful clinics have been held in some areas both in 2008 and 2009.

Given the amount of Federal Funding provided to the Provinces and yes to the Northwest Territories which is to be used to benefit Infrastructure across the Territory and which then trickles down to and includes the towns and cities;  a very hard look needs to be given to establishing properly run shelters and the provision of increased veterinary services accessible to everyone.  Just as LOCAMs provide medical care to the human population, the same form of service could be and should be established to provide veterinary services.  In addition for those communities who do or who can afford By-Law Officers, these Officers need to be properly trained and qualified in Animal Care and Welfare.  Running around, picking up strays, or unlicensed family pets and issuing fines, or practicing the “shoot to kill” policy of some communities does nothing to quell canine population explosions, increase awareness or to educate.

 

Animal Cruelty is directly linked to Human Violence.  This fact has been widely studied and confirmed.  Animal Cruelty is now recognized as a “pathological syndrome” .  http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/13/magazine/13dogfighting-t.html

Given the unabated decades of animal cruelty present in the NWT and other Northern areas in Canada one might expect a light bulb to go off, given the established LINK.  However apparently this appears not to be the case and  local animal cruelty has continued to be a tolerable practice as has the Domestic and Violent Crime Rate in the NWT and elsewhere across the North.

Having been sent this most interesting Blog Post, it is now being shared.

18 Oct 2010 … Canada’s most violent region. Talk to people living in the North about why the violent crime rate is so high compared to the rest of Canada …
http://www.gateway.i2sf.org/c2_blog/…/canadasmostviolentregion/Cached

Both the Federal Department of Justice and Statistics Canada have issued additional reports on Domestic and Violent Crime across the NWT and Canadian North, both reports can be found on their respective sites.

This intentional LOOPHOLE : “make exceptions for locally accepted or traditional practices” which the GNWT wishes to include within the new Dog Act,  will secure the continuing horrific animal cruelty faced here and will be the EXCUSE used by offenders in order to continue these practices.  Once again the animals in the NWT will be left without any form of protection other than the Federal Criminal Code of Canada.

This LOOPHOLE must be totally eliminated from the new Dog Act, failure to do so indicates the  continued acceptance and tolerance of a situation that should have ended decades ago.

Please contact to voice your concerns about this potentially DEADLY LOOPHOLE

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

Email:  david_ramsay@gov.nt.ca

 

 

 

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