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Call me CRAZY, call me TOO SENSITIVE.  Call me AN ACTIVIST.  Call me AN ADVOCATE…..Call me ANGRY, FRUSTRATED, DISGUSTED, APPALLED, FED UP, DISCOURAGED!!!

Call me whatever you like, but NEVER call me APATHETIC.  Never call me COMPLACENT.

Every single day, 24 hours a day, in the news there is something about the horrors inflicted on animals somewhere.  In our towns, our cities, our neighborhoods and across the globe.  Every day, 24 hours a day there is something about the destruction of habitat, our fresh waterways, our ozone layer, our overall environment. Perfect example is the decision of Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, despite the outcries of protest, to destroy the home of Lucky and Lily, the Lindsay Pond Beavers.  In response to the emails his offices received, a rather canned response was issued, I know I got the identical response others have received.

In the news every day, 24 hours a day, there are published accounts of man-kinds inhumanity against our own species.  Wars plague our planet, the fight for freedom and for democracy continues. Wars rage against   tyranny.  There are wars evolving around  religion, wars of politics, war for land, for resources, the subjugation of human rights and freedoms.  Wars are big business,  wars create jobs and make money for the politicians and the vast innumerable companies that manufacture arms of destruction.  Wars make humans disposable items, just as humans have made animals disposable, made our waterways, our lands disposable.

There are wars in our schools, wars in our neighborhoods, continued child abuse, spousal abuse, domestic violence is on the rise. Mutilators of animals turned mutilators of people.  Wars between drug lords, wars among street gangs, wars with our neighbors, wars in every single aspect of our lives.

The biggest war is our personal war to survive period., to pay our bills, to support and feed our families and to keep a roof over our heads, to cover medical costs and to just get through each day as best we can.

Unfortunately far too many do not, far too many just say to hell with it, suicides are on the rise, addictions are on the rise, mental illness is on the rise, murder/suicides are on the rise.  People are snapping, losing it, you see it every day in the newscasts.

Is it me or has all of mankind inhabiting this beautiful planet gone absolutely mad??

From the continuing Middle East crisis, that has not changed over the centuries, nor will it ever;  the Euro catastrophe;  the issues here at home and pretty much everywhere:  the rising cost of living, the rising unemployment, the rising interest rates, the famine and crop failures coupled with increasing droughts in some countries, the increased natural disasters across the globe, the negative health effects suffered by First Nations and others due to Canada’s dirty oil and planned expansion in Alberta…the millions of taxpayer dollars ill spent by our politicians in their continuing bid to ensure Canada’s sealing industry continues, the unwanted pipelines that pose risk to our environment, wildlife and communities are pushed through;  the continued Canadian importation of US horses for slaughter, the continued horrific slaughter of Canadian horses, the devastating cruelty in  Factory Farms and the horrific suffering of these animals in fires due to the lack of proper safeguards.   The violation of human rights here at home and around the globe.

Add to the above the lack of affordable housing, cuts to social programs, the lack of proper health care in Northern communities…increased taxes, hungry children across our land…and MOST of all the deaf ears of politicians to the voices of the people….MY GOD, where will it all end???

Here in Canada, Harper has gutted Environmental Protection despite the loud voices of protest across this country.    Revenue Canada is now charged with the responsibility to pull Charitable Status from any organization that speaks out against the policies of Harper’s Government.

Here in Canada, unless one is independently wealthy or has a substantial nest egg, Canadians are now being forced to retire at age 67 rather than at 65.  Is this a ploy to ensure that Canada Pension will remain in the coffers of government….that hopefully many of us will be dead before we are able to collect the benefits which we have paid into all of our working careers??

Would it not be nice if our politicians stopped wasting our tax dollars on propaganda campaigns hoping to lull us into a false sense of security as well as attempting to lift EU bans that are in place on Sealing products or attempts to convince countries outside of Canada to by dirty oil?  Or to fulfill personal agendas? Or to waste our money on all the fixings for the last G Summit held in Toronto?  Or to launch insulting campaigns against each other during the election process?  Count the many ways your tax dollars are wasted…can anyone count that high?

Wow, then there would be money for all our Pensions, all of our health care needs and social programs.

We would not have needed the “Black out. Speak Out” campaign!! that so many participated in across our country.

Oops, did I say that…am I provoking thought…oops again.

Throughout human history, we have an extremely dismal past.  If anything the centuries clearly show that despite our so-called technical advances, our medical miracles discovered, we have failed miserably as an overall species to live in harmony with each other and the world around us.

Everything we have ever come in contact with, including each other, our environment, our wildlife, every living organism on this planet, has been manipulated, controlled and destroyed due to a superiority complex infused with ego, greed and a self centered pathology.

My favorite phrase (put more politely) is that if one does not like what I have to say, does not wish to know the truth, then one can walk away.  Calling it as I see it, and voicing my personal opinion (as everyone has the right to do) often creates a great deal of controversy, at times negative, however it also provokes thought.

All of us are on the brink, that very fine thin line and unless there is extremely positive action to reverse the centuries of accumulated damage to human thinking, the human misconceptions and current way of life, society today across the globe will go the way of the Aztec, the Mayan, the Roman Empire, and the Egyptian Empire just to name a few.  All great civilizations in their own right, that by their own actions, produced their decline and extinction.

I am not a harbinger of doom…..I see the reality…I do not have my head stuck in the sand…I shout from the rooftops, I reach out, try to educate as best I can.

Each and every one of us, has within us an untapped strength and the ability to make positive change in any area and or issue that we now face on a global scale.  Each and every one of us has the Free Will to do so, to take a Positive Stand, to Reach Out, to Shout Loudly not only through our words but also our Actions.

What are you prepared to do?  Are you prepared to join those of us who continue to fight the good fight against unfair odds?  If so I applaud you, if so I am grateful to you!

My dearest mother and sole living relative asked me what I wanted for my coming birthday…my answer..to just once listen to the radio, or watch TV news broadcasts, or pick up a newspaper where there were very real Happy Stories instead of the continued barrage of doom and gloom.

Imagine a news broadcast that featured only good things?  Is that at all even possible?

Here is one bad story with what is hoped will be a happy ending for one severely injured cat.

‘Lucky’ cat gets life-saving treatment and TLC in Etobicoke

http://www.torontosun.com/2012/07/04/lucky-cat-gets-life-saving-treatment-and-tlc-in-etobicoke?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=recommend-button&utm_campaign=%27Lucky%27+cat+gets+life-saving+treatment+and+TLC+in+Etobicoke

Anyone wishing to help cover the high medical costs for “Lucky” can do so.  Donations may be sent to:

Long Branch Animal Clinic

3459 Lakeshore Blvd. W. Toronto, Ontario  M8W 1N2 Vets names are Dr. Yvonne Worthy and Dr. K. Zimmerman……

telephone 416 251-6787   fax 416 251-0853 and www.longbranchanimalclinic.com

My rant is now done.  Thank you for taking the time to read and to comment.

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DO NOT KILL THE LINDSAY POND BEAVERS

http://www.change.org/petitions/mayor-of-ottawa-jim-watson-stop-the-trapping-of-beaver-in-the-city-of-ottawa#

Lindsay pond beaver now WITHOUT a home!!

Thank you Sarah West, Founder:  Canadians for Animal Welfare Reform

Ottawa…please write…
 “Mayor Watson .I am appalled and so shocked  that you would totally and utterly ignore the pleas, requests and offers of help to relocate the two beavers Lily and her yearling son. Lucky “ living happily”.  in the pond at the Lindsay Park in Stittsville.  It is one thing to destroy their home… but to brutally trap and kill them is entirely another issue !!
According to the trapper who has been retained by  your council to trap the beaver, he will use a Conibear trap. The Conibear is a body grip trap in which the animal is crushed by force. Depending on the size of the animal and how it enters the trap, it may take minutes or up to an hour before death occurs. This type of trap is banned for use in municipalities in other provinces!!
  Have you any concept or idea Mayor Watson of what you will be subjecting these two  precious  SENTIENT ( feeling living creatures too) They would die…. in the cruelest most brutal way !
Due to their difference in size, it is very likely that the two beavers are a mother and her kit, probably displaced from the recent draining of the Poole Creek wetlands nearby, and the trapping of beaver there last summer.  Ottawa residents and citizens ACROSS CANADA  and the world are asking that the two beavers be left alone .or RELOCATED.
You have it in your power to choose differently. Mayor Watson. Donna DuBreuil Ottawa-Carleton Wildlife Centre has offered to help relocate the beavers and/or you can just let them be.
These two Beaver-mother-feeding,-while-baby-floating-about-but-staying-close-to-mom.little animals Lily and Lucky.. yes they have names…. are precious creatures who represent our national symbol and you  Mayor Watson are in our national capital of Canada !
Two small beavers are not a threat to anyone and you would be remembered always for your compassion in working together with the citizens’ group of  Stittsville to save the beavers from being brutally killed!
If nothing else we speak to you as politician in an office of honour .and with respect ask that you think seriously about our next comment. Please believe us when  we say if you do nothing…. and this is allowed to move forward. you will always be remembered as the man who killed the .mother beaver  and  her young son
Those who elected you have long memories and you would be so much better served  to be remembered as the “ Mayor who had a heart!”
 
 
We ask you most earnestly…  to do the right thing?  On behalf of  “ Lily” and Lucky” …..  we thank you for your compassion Mayor Watson.. Please… save the lives of these two little Beaver?. Thank you.”
Yours sincerely
 
Sarah West Founder/President
Canadians For Animal Welfare Reform (CFAWR) www.cfawr.org
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 PLEASE BOMBARD OTTAWA MAYOR JIM WATSON WITH EMAILS, LETTERS AND PHONE CALLS, THIS NEEDS TO GO VIRAL
 Mayor Jim WatsonPhone: 613-580-2496
Fax: 613-580-2509
E-mail: Jim.Watson@ottawa.caAddress
110 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa, Ontario
K1P 1J1

Video footage of Lucky trying to rebuild their home:

https://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=10151854845495596

Lucky Pic taken by Sylvie Sabourin

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Lucky Pic taken by Sylvie Sabourin

Lindsay pond beaver now WITHOUT a home!!

Last year concerned citizens raised the Red Flag and protested the trapping of the Lindsay Pond beavers and the planned destruction of their dam.  A reprieve was the result.

https://giftofloki.com/2011/11/07/ottawaontariocanada-nov-12-noon-rally-to-tell-the-city-to-stop-killing-beavers-in-ottawa%E2%80%8F/

https://giftofloki.com/2011/11/11/lindsay-pond-beaver-trapping-halted-stittsville-ontario-beavers-get-reprieve-thanks-to-concerned-citizens/

Unfortunately Mayor Watson of Ottawa recently decided it would be a good thing to do.  Now there is a push on to flood Ottawa Mayor Watson’s office with emails and telephone calls protesting this action.

Lucky and Lily’s home now destroyed

Video footage of Lucky trying to rebuild their home:

https://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=10151854845495596

 Mayor Jim Watson

Phone: 613-580-2496
Fax: 613-580-2509
E-mail: Jim.Watson@ottawa.ca

Address
110 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa, Ontario
K1P 1J1

As a former Ottawa resident, born and raised in the Nation’s Capital, I find it totally appalling and totally unacceptable that this politician took it upon himself to destroy the home of these animals.  It takes months for beavers to build their home, further they are symbolic of Canada, a symbol of our heritage.  How dare he!!!

Please loudly speak out for these beavers.  Video link is provided below of the destruction of their home.  I have requested to be allowed to publish pictures taken of the beavers and will post when available.

http://www.martinezbeavers.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/notice_beaver_June6.pdf

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TpGCFZNBT4I&feature=youtu.be

City of Ottawa destroys famous beavers’ lodge

www.youtube.com

On Friday, June 29th, 2012, City of Ottawa workers destroyed the lodge of two famous

This is my own personal letter to Mayor Watson sent a moment ago.

With All Due Respect to your Honor, Jim Watson
Mayor of our Nation’s Capital

Mr. Watson:

It is with great sadness that I have been made aware that despite the protests which you received in 2011 concerning the Lindsay Pond beavers, that you have indeed chosen to destroy the habitat of these industrious National Heritage Symbols of Canada.

Having been born an raised in Ottawa, I am more than familiar with the area in question.

While you listened in 2011 to the voices raised in protest at the planned destruction of this dam you have totally chosen to ignore these very same voices raised in 2012.

It is appalling and disgusting to me, the negative actions which you have taken with regard to this beaver habitat.  It is further appalling and disgusting, sir, that you chose to ignore the taxpaying electorate whom employ your position, office and staff.

Your actions shall be remembered.

Respectfully,

Bonnie Dawson, Hay River, NT

loki.apna@gmail.com

bc_dawson@hotmail.com
Founder:  Action for the Protection of Northern Animals
Co-Founder: Canadian Animal Welfare Coalition (CAWC)

Northern Representative & Government Liaison:  Canadians for Animal Welfare Reform (CFAWR)

Member:   Animal Defense League of Canada

Animal Alliance of Canada

Animal Alliance Environment Voters Party

WSPA, PETA

Nominee:  2009 International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)
Recipient:  Certificate of Nomination: CBC’s Champions of Change  2010

Author:      Philly’s Corner

www.bonniedawson.com

https://giftofloki.wordpress.com

I looked at all the caged animals in the shelter…the cast-offs of human society.

I saw in their eyes love and hope, fear and dread, sadness, and betrayal. And I was angry.
“God,” I said, “this is terrible! Why don’t you do something?”
God was silent for a moment, and then He spoke softly, “I have done something,” he replied. “I created you.”

— Author Unknown

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As pet owners we can deeply care about our animal companions.  Pet Food Recalls not only shock us, as we have trusted the manufacturers, but these Recall Alerts also instill terror in our hearts.

This year has seen so many recalls it is unbelievable.

A dear friend sent me the following expose and I suggest that time be spent reading it.  I for one am going to continue to make meals (supplemented with required vitamins) for my own pets.

This report is scary  :    https://docs.google.com/file/d/14lTwmx_A3u6KsUJw_gslFrJwJL8y5kpbKsVr5Lqr6H05-B08_tW4GsjgKMYO/edit

PetFoodReport_BFUSA.pdf

Recent pet food recall:

RECALL!!! Mars Petcare US Announces Voluntary Recall Of Limited Range Of Pedigree® Brand Wet Dog Food

Mars Petcare US announced a voluntary recall of a limited range of three varieties of PEDIGREE® weight management canned dog food products due to a potential choking risk.

Affected product may contain small pieces of blue plastic, which entered the food during the production process. The source of the plastic has been identified and the issue resolved.

Most Recent in the news:  Recalled Pet Food

Only cans of PEDIGREE® weight management canned dog food varieties with the production codes shown below are included in this voluntary recall. Each product will have a lot code printed on the end of the can that begins with 209, 210, 211 or 212 and a Best Before date that falls between 2/24/2014 and 3/23/2014.

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/mars-petcare-us-announces-voluntary-recall-of-limited-range-of-pedigree-brand-wet-dog-food-2012-06-30

 

https://giftofloki.com/2011/11/27/alert-pet-food-recalls-and-important-information/

https://giftofloki.com/2012/05/21/two-montreal-cats-die-after-eating-recalled-pet-food-please-read/

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JUST IN:

For Immediate Release

Wild for Life Foundation

Los Angeles, CA

June 27, 2012

Wild for Life Foundation is pleased to announce the release of its brand new Flash media PSA, ” Justice for America’s Horses“,  a public service announcement to raise awareness about the cruelty of horse slaughter. The 1 minute PSA comes in the wake of the recent push by foreign investors to expand a niche market for horsemeat sold as a delicacy abroad.
History proves that USDA inspections fail to stop the insidious crimes of cruelty inside America’s slaughterhouses. Substantial evidence as documented by numerous governmental reports and undercover investigations reveal egregious violations and a total lack of enforcement by the USDA before horse slaughter plants were shut down in 2007. “If horse slaughter plants are reopened in the U.S., horses will undoubtedly suffer torturous agony on U.S. soil again,” states Katia Louise, President of Wild for Life Foundation.  “The new PSA, JUSTICE FOR AMERICA’S HORSES drives this point home through use of FOIA documentation previously suppressed by the USDA.”
“Foreign slaughterers want the U.S. government to ignore the resounding opposition to horse slaughter by 80% of the American people, and instead give them our hard earned tax dollars to set up new killing shops in the heart of our home town communities.”
As quoted from the PSA, “It doesn’t have to be this way. Federal protection is possible when you take a stand. Tell your policymakers to right the wrong by supporting the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act.
JUSTICE FOR AMERICA’S HORSES was made possible by generous in kind contributions to Wild for Life Foundation from IMA Studios, Maria Daines, Paul Killington, Animal Law Coalition, Kaufman Zoning, Animals Angels & John Holland.
Now see and share JUSTICE FOR AMERICA’S HORSES >> http://youtu.be/UpuJM_2I8uI
Learn more>> http://www.savingamericashorses.org/advocacy.html

Equine Welfare Alliance

Three Angels Farms Ordered To Cease Transporting Horses – NewsChannel5.com | Nashville News, Weather & Sports

http://mstanley2265.newsvine.com/_news/2012/06/29/12487234-three-angels-farms-ordered-to-cease-transporting-horses-newschannel5com-nashville-news-weather-amp-sports

http://www.kaufmanzoning.net/threeangelsfarmstrailing052012.pdf

Three Chimneys presents Good News Friday: A Second Start for Fort Erie’s Horses

http://www.paulickreport.com/features/three-chimneys-presents-good-news-friday/three-chimneys-presents-good-news-friday-a-second-start-for-fort-erie-s-horses/

First time ever that animal treatment features on UN negotiations on sustainable development

Jun 19, 2012

http://www.wspa.ca/latestnews/2012/First-time-ever-that-animal-treatment-features-on-un-negotiations-on-sustainable-development.aspx?utm_source=enews&utm_medium=txtlink&utm_campaign=enews_june2012

What’s on your plate?

WSPA has released a new report, What’s on Your Plate? The Hidden Costs of Industrial Animal Agriculture in Canada that exposes the destructive impacts of ILOs on our health, the environment, animal welfare and rural Canada.

http://www.wspa.ca/food/test-whats-on-your-plate.aspx

The Cloud Foundation

Remembering Trish Kerby

Champion of the Pryor Wild Horse Herd

http://us1.campaign-archive2.com/?u=b16d80346618d3ce64e8e9877&id=7251df1cb6&e=5693c03a95

Group rallies against ‘cruel’ horse-drawn caleches

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/story/2012/07/01/horse-drawn-caleche-ban-montreal.html

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Unfortunately those who dedicate their lives to animal advocacy  far too often come across individuals, who by way of their own choices refuse to acknowledge the terrible truth about the continued brutality waged against animals with whom we share this planet.

In some cases, it is a lack of awareness, failing to do their own required research before they make ridiculous and uneducated comments.  They, by their very own omissions of action, remain blissfully ignorant of the facts, statistics, undercover videos, documented cases and published testimonies and accounts that are witnessed by those dedicated to saving animals.

There are those too, who, because they state it is too difficult for them to view pictorial and or video evidence fail to appreciate the horrific suffering of animals around the word.

Just the other day, I commented on  a Blog Post: “Horses need a Humane society” to which one response rather blew me away.  The response implied the spread of rumours that could not be proved as well as innuendo.  Obviously the individual has failed to spend the needed research time, and while may be passionate in feelings towards horses on a personal level,  insults those of us who do put in the endless hours necessary giving these magnificent equids a voice.

Photos provided from CFAWR:  horses awaiting slaughter.  Per CFAWR:  often the horses eyes are gouged so they are unable to see and protect themselves.

Canadian Horse Defence Coalition’s Blog

http://canadianhorsedefencecoalition.wordpress.com/2012/06/29/the-horse-needs-a-humane-society/

The CHDC published a very informative report: “Black Beauty Betrayed” the Slaughter of US and Canadian Horses: a report on equine slaughter at Natural Valley Farms Horse Slaughterhouse in Neudorf, Saskatchewan: April 27 – May 1, 2008.  This report is a MUST read for all who believe in the sanctity of life period.

The CHDC received both video footage and pictorial evidence in May 2008 from an unknown source as to what was actually taking place at the Natural Valley Slaughterhouse.  The pictures and videos are terrifying and extremely graphic, as a courtesy to my readers I must warn you.

A great many people are dedicated to saving horses not only in Canada and the US, but around the world as well.  Many of these individuals such as Craig Downer, author of “The Wild Horse Conspiracy”, another MUST read;  Katia Louise film maker of “Saving America’s Wild Horses: A Nation Betrayed;  Monika my Colorado contact;  The Equine Welfare Alliance, The ‘Cloud Foundation’ and of course the Canadian Horse Defense Coalition..not to mention countless others as myself who continue to get the message out and to give these beautiful creatures a voice.

Sadly there will always remain those who will continue in their pro horse slaughter campaigns, spewing out their lies and propaganda to aid in the continued annihilation of wild horses both in Canada and the US to fuel their greed.  Sadly there will remain those individuals who voice un-educated comments that, if anything, point to a lack of knowledge and real understanding (having failed to learn the truth by researching the facts).  Sadly companion horses will continue to face the brutality and horrific deaths in slaughterhouses within Canada and Mexico..the US banned their own slaughterhouses years ago however there is a real push on now by pro-slaughter supports such as Wallis to have them re-opened.

Chambers of Carnage

A Sweeping Undercover Investigation of Canada’s Leading Equine Slaughterhouses

http://www.defendhorsescanada.org/chambers-of-carnage.html

“In late February 2010, the Canadian Horse Defence Coalition (CHDC) received hidden camera footage of horse slaughter practices at Viande Richelieu in Quebec and Bouvry Exports in Alberta – the latter known as the largest exporter of horsemeat in North America. The CHDC has compelling proof that puts into question the effectiveness of the assembly-line slaughter of horses. The evidence demonstrates that both the facilities in Alberta and Quebec fail to meet humane slaughter standards used by the CFIA to audit Canadian slaughterhouses.”

Black Beauty Betrayed:

http://www.defendhorsescanada.org/bbb2008.pdf

Canada continues to import US horses into this country for slaughter.  This horsemeat is then shipped overseas, may wind up in pet foods, and has already been declared unfit for human consumption.

To learn more please take the time and read these prior posts: https://giftofloki.com/?s=Horse+slaughter+in+Canada

The pictures below are published with the permission of my Colorado contact and show show the continued inhumane roundups conducted by the US Bureau of Land Management.

These wild horses are being rounded up for slaughter, often times being knocked off their feet by helicopters used by the BLM.

Humane Observer: Elyse Gardner

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

  THE BUREAU OF LAND MISMANAGEMENT DOES IT AGAIN, AND THEY ARE ROUNDING UP THE USUAL SUSPECTS — THE WILD HORSES, OF COURSE — AND CHASING THEM WITH HELICOPTERS IN THE HEIGHT OF FOALING SEASON.   How did it come to this?

http://humaneobserver.blogspot.ca/2012/06/bureau-of-land-mismanagement-does-it.html

Is it bad enough for you? Wild Horses 2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fu_1KDf8bwY

http://www.change.org/petitions/overturn-the-legalization-of-horse-slaughter-for-human-consumption

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