Archive for the ‘Circus Animals’ Category

Over a month ago I announced via FaceBook that I was, after long hard thought, retiring from advocacy.  Perhaps I used the wrong terminology, sabbatical is the term I should have used.  Suffering from Compassion Fatigue, I need a break, the length of which is unknown.

Anyone who is bombarded on a daily basis with the continued horrors inflicted upon animals, anyone who must physically clean up the mess left behind by irresponsible pet owners, administer care to the abandoned and the suffering, anyone who works in shelters and vet hospitals will in time go through Compassion Fatigue.  Similar to Post Trauma Stress Disorder, the effects of Compassion Fatigue can be and are devastating.

Despite the need for peace and respite from advocacy there are issues that continue to eat at my soul, no inner peace can be found as long as animals suffer at the hands of man.

I received this email just the other day from Sinika, with the Canadian Horse Defence Coalition, and with her permission have copied and pasted it below.

Canada continues the blood bath in the equine slaughter plants in this country.  Canada continues to enable the horrific BLM roundups of wild horses in the US by importing these animals for slaughter into our country.

We all thought that the recent XL Meat scandal was bad enough.  We learned how our Canadian Food Inspection Agency dropped the ball on that one.  Well the CFIA continues to drop the ball, by not effectively and efficiently monitoring horse slaughter in this country, and by allowing contaminated horse meat to be exported from this country.  But really, think about it, can we expect anything less, after what we have already learned?

Once you have read Sinika’s  email, please take the time to visit this additional  link below regarding ‘Animal Angels’ Investigation of  the “Bouvry’s Slaughter Pipeline”. “Bouvry Exports operates one of the largest horse slaughter plants in Canada approved to export horse meat to the EU. Bouvry Exports owns about 2000 acres of land near Fort Macleod, where they fatten US and Canadian horses in large feedlots.”

Warning the pictures which are exposing this horrendous inhumane treatment of horses awaiting slaughter are very graphic.


We cannot allow the continuation of such inhumane treatment to continue.  We all know about the Factory Farms, we all know about the Puppy and Kitten Mills, we all know about the Dog Fighting Rings, the Racing Industry, the Circuses and the Rodeos….but more must be done to end the equine slaughter for profit and greed and the exploitation of lands established as protected areas for wild horses, we must all put an end to the Canadian export of tainted meat unfit for human consumption, and any and all Canadian imports of products into this country from the cruel exploitative practices of other nations against animals.


Below is Sinika’s email: posted with her permission

Subject: The life and death of a racehorse, and the chilling implications
Date: Thu, 20 Dec 2012 09:23:03 -0800

The Life and Death of Silky Shark, a Racehorse


In July 2011, a Standardbred U.S. racehorse named Silky Shark died in a Quebec slaughterhouse.


The Canadian Horse Defence Coalition tracked the evidence, showing that Silky Shark had been administered phenylbutazone (a deadly drug that must never enter the food chain) and subsequently slipped through the system undetected by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.


Jack Rodolico of Latitude News has produced an exemplary account of the fate of this beautiful horse – Silky Shark’s life in the racing industry, how he fell through the cracks, and what chilling implications his death holds in terms of animal protection and food safety.

Links to articles and podcasts are below.


The full magazine feature and podcast: http://www.latitudenews.com/story/the-shady-trade-in-american-horsemeat/

A short version aired on the American radio program Marketplace: http://www.marketplace.org/topics/world/drugged-american-horsemeat-sold-europe


A slightly longer version aired on Harvest Public Media’s network of public radio stations throughout the American Midwest: http://harvestpublicmedia.org/article/1544/drugged-horsemeat-us-showing-europe/5

A medium-length text version on The Week:  http://theweek.com/article/index/237968/the-shady-trade-in-american-horsemeat


CHDC’s report, Proof of CFIA Failure: http://canadianhorsedefencecoalition.wordpress.com/2012/12/12/proof-of-cfia-failure/



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Just in:  Thank you NAFA…good to know what is happening back home.  Wish I could be there.    Definitely will be in Spirit!

Please join a group of concerned citizens and speak up for the animals in the Shrine Circus.

A group of concerned citizens will be getting together to protest the Shrine Circus on Monday July 11th from 3 – 4 pm and again at 6:30 -7:30 pm at the Jack Gatecliff Arena, located on 16 Division St, St. Catharines (arena can be seen from Geneva Street just past the Hwy 406 ramp).

The Shrine Circus features performing Asian elephants and Arabian horses who are sentenced to a lifetime of misery for our entertainment. Please join us to educate the public on why the circus is no fun for the animals.

The protest is rain or shine and signs and literature will be provided, or if you prefer, bring your own signs.

For more information on the inherent cruelty involved with the use of animals in the circus visit www.zoocheck.com

The Shriners are asking for feedback in the form of a questionnaire …it is supposed to be filled out by folks who attended the circus.  But it might also be a device for folks to let the Shriners know how they feel about animal-based circuses.  It has a drop down menu of various cities the shriners will visit – so armchair activists can get involved here too!! After the circus visits their area – they can send in a response to the questionnaire….visit :                                                      http://www.shrine-circus.com/survey.html
“Guests” of the demo are also invited to a vegan potluck (hosted by Cath Ens) that will be held from 4:15 -6:15 pm, between the afternoon and evening circus demos. The venue for the potluck is directly across from the circus/arena at 7 Gale Crescent. The potluck will be in the lounge room on the main floor of the building.  Parking: “Guests” of the demo can park in the guest parking lot of 7 Gale Crescent or on the street.

Food brought to the potluck must be VEGAN – meaning free of meat (including fish & chicken) and other animal products such as dairy, eggs and honey, so that everyone can enjoy it. Vegan food dishes serving 8-10 people, vegan baked goods or fruit trays are appreciated. If you don’t know what to bring or make, non-alcoholic beverages such as flavoured soy milk, juice, etc. will do just fine! Please remember the folks with allergies and food sensitivities, (peanut, soy, gluten, etc.) and mark the ingredients of your dish on a card, so that they can enjoy dinner too!!

For armchair activists – please take a minute to write a note to the City &/or the Shriners or indeed a letter to the editor, regarding animals in the circus. Those contact details are below:

Mayor Brian McMullan

Email: bmcmullan@stcatharines.ca

Phone: 905.688.5601 x1540

Address: PO Box 3012, 50 Church St., St. Catharines ON L2R 7C2

St. Catharines councillors:

 ·      Ward 1 Merritton: Jeff Burch and Jennifer Stevens

o   jburch@stcatharines.ca, 905.327.5153,

o   jstevens@stcatharines.ca, 905.328.6722

·        Ward 2 St. Andrew’s: Matthew Harris and Joseph Kushner

o   mharris@stcatharines.ca, 905-329-6802

o   jkushner@stcatharines.ca, 905.685.1817

·        Ward 3 St. George’s: Peter Secord and Greg Washuta

o   psecord@stcatharines.ca, 905.327.9854

o   gwashuta@stcatharines.ca, 905.327.9905

·        Ward 4 St. Patrick’s: Mathew Siscoe and Mark Elliott

o   msiscoe@stcatharines.ca, 905-329-8162

o   melliott@stcatharines.ca, 905.327.1763

·        Ward 5 Grantham: Dawn Dodge and Bill Phillips

o   ddodge@stcatharines.ca, 905.327.9704

o   bphillips@stcatharines.ca, 905.327.5363

·        Ward 6 Port Dalhousie: Len Stack and Bruce Williamson

o   lstack@stcatharines.ca, 905.327.5235

o   bwilliamson@stcatharines.ca, 905.327.975

St. Catharines and District Shrine Club- Tell the Shrine Club that performing animal acts are cruel, outdated, and unsafe and that there are plenty of animal-free circus alternatives. No one needs to support animal-cruelty to raise charity funds.

dgillis @ niagaraparks.com, dgillis@yahoo.ca


Letters to the Editor

St. Catharines Standard:


St. Catharines Standard, 17 Queen St., St. Catharines, Ontario, L2R 5G5

Niagara This Week:


Corporate Sponsor: Xentel DM Incorporated

Toll Free: 1-800-268-7371

Email: mikep@xentel.com

 Circus Venue: Jack Gatecliff Arena  (aka: Rex Stimers / Gatorade Garden City Complex)

Address: 16 Division (or 8 Gale Crescent), St. Catharines ON

Phone: 905-688-5601 Ext. 3107

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