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The title of this post is a direct quote from a young gentleman charged with law enforcement and the protection of citizens and animals alike due to the position and responsibilities that position entails.

Rather says it all does it not??

Canada, the golden land of opportunity, welcoming with open arms all manner of newcomers, be they individuals looking to provide better lives for their families, or foreign investments looking to make a profit on the backs of our environment, our fresh water resources and our vast untapped mineral resources.    Welcome….

Sarcastic remark…yes admittedly.

Canada, a land where the exploitation, suffering and lack of proper Federal Legislation, allows for horrendous Factory Farms, the continued unabated suffering in puppy mills, kitten mills, horse slaughter, the failure to protect domestic animals, strays, ferals..my gosh you name it…

Every year the Animal Legal Defense Fund issues it’s annual report naming the Best and the Worst places for an animal to live, based on the Provincial/Territorial Animal Protection Legislation in place.  It would be safe to possibly conclude that reported cases of animal cruelty, the consequences faced by the perpetrator of such horrors and the overall outcome of Judicial proceedings may/may not also be taken into account.  Afterall, as I have stated far too often to count…laws are not worth the paper they are written upon if they are not stringently enforced and justice for the animal victims is obtained.

Note that you may download your own copy of the ALDF Report by visiting their site, it is a one time free download which is updated yearly.

Here’s the full ranking list: as of the report issued in 2010 and 2011.  You will note that very little has changed.  The NWT and Nunavut were tied as the Best Place to Abuse Animals in 2010.  However with the victorious three year battle for animal protection in the NWT, seeing the new NWT Dog Act come into effect in May 2011 (still only pertains to dogs) the NWT moved from Worst to now rank No. 11 in the Bottom Tier.  Nunavut is now the Best Place to Abuse Animals and Alberta and Quebec also have remained stagnant in the Bottom Tier.

Quebec has moved down a notch ranking at number 11 now.  Congrats to Quebec….which brings us to the issue of Berger Blanc in Montreal.

For years Montrealers have been loudly protesting the horrific cruelty that animals are subjected to thanks to Berger Blanc.  Are they being listened to??  Obviously not at all.  The horrors continue without consequence.

Just what will it take to SHUT DOWN Berger Blanc????????  What will it take for the taxpayed politicians in Montreal who hold their positions/jobs and lifestyles to come clean and do the right thing and meet the demands of the Montrealers to shut this operation of gross horrors down?????

Will it take International Scrutiny?  Will it take the shining light of NEGATIVITY, the Public Humiliation and the Pointing of Global Fingers and Protest before the powers that be in Montreal do something?????  It certainly seems that way.  Will it take the NEGATIVE effect such publicity can have on needed TOURISM, and subsequent retail and hospitality industry losses before the Powers that BE wake up and ‘get it’???

Unfortunately that is exactly what it sometimes takes.  The NEGATIVE spotlight that shone so brightly on the NWT (Northwest Territories) for over three years drew Global as well as North American attention.  Emails, comments, loud voices from around the world played a very large part in bringing about much needed positive change here.  The support from large Canadian Animal Advocate Groups, that took a stance, submitted their own letters and critiques to the Territorial Government in support of the Legislative changes, the documented and pictorial evidence which I prepared and submitted on a regular basis, the countless study papers on the LINK between Animal Cruelty and Human Violence which I also submitted and the needed support from NWT residents….all of it played a huge role in winning, for the first time in NWT history, protection for dogs up here.

So if the same must be done to enable the caring, responsible pet lovers and owners in Montreal to be heard…to have For Profit Berger Blanc……scrutinized and pointed at by Global fingers…..if it must take a Global protest to end the horrors these innocent animals endure at the hands of Berger Blanc…….then So Be It.

Berger Blanc is a shining example of inadequate Provincial Legislation to Protect Animals.  Berger Blanc is a perfect example of the archaic, inadequate Canadian Federal Animal Protection Legislation that permeates this country and allows such operations to exist.

In a joint effort with Quebec contacts, more information concerning this appalling, disgusting, intolerable, inhumane, irresponsible, unacceptable situation will be exposed on a grand scale to the International/Global community.

UNITED we made a positive difference in the Northwest Territories, UNITED we can make a positive difference in Montreal and Quebec period!!

A year since Berger Blanc Cruelty


Montreal Animal Advocacy Examiner
Berger Blanc events — 19 April 2011

“On Thursday April 21 at 20:00 Radio Canada’s investigative program Enquête presents a disturbing exposé of Berger Blanc, the for-profit business entrusted with control of, and care for, Montréal’s exploding population of unwanted companion animals, a population which has now reached crisis proportions. This program, Mauvais Berger, exposes Berger Blanc’s abysmal standards of animal care and customer service, and lack of promotion of responsible pet ownership.

The images and issues addressed in Mauvais Berger invite a wider consideration of how this for-profit business, unrestrained by weak municipal by-laws, inadequate provincial legislation or effective monitoring, thrives on an ever-expanding supply of abandoned animals. Berger Blancs’ disregard of this fundamental problem of overpopulation ensures a constant flow of ‘clients’, and hence its own financial advancement.

Further, a lack of insistence on rigorous contractual accountability by the municipalities who deal with Berger Blanc aggravates this disgraceful situation. Neither the treatment and ultimate fate of the more than 30,000 animals transiting annually through the Berger Blanc (with sky-high euthanasia rates), nor the exact use of taxpayers’ cash, appear to be of significant concern for any of those associated with this scandalous enterprise.”


The last protest of 2011 organized by SPA Canada

Montreal Animal Advocacy Examiner


Excerpt: “More than six months ago, the Society for the Protection of Animals (SPA) Canada declared war on pounds thanks to an undercover operation that took place at the Animal Control facility under the name of Berger Blanc. ”


TIER STANDINGS IN 2011 (note 2012 standings have yet to be published)

2011 Canadian Animal Protection Laws Rankings  


Comparing Overall Strength & Comprehensiveness

Top Tier:

1. Ontario
2. Manitoba
3. New Brunswick

4. Nova Scotia

Middle Tier:

5. Saskatchewan
6. Yukon
7. British Columbia

8. Prince Edward Island
9. Newfoundland & Labrador

Bottom Tier:

10. Alberta
11. Northwest Territories
12. Quebec
13. Nunavut

Top Tier:

  • 1. Ontario
  • 2. Nova Scotia
  • 3. Manitoba
  • 4. New Brunswick

Middle Tier:

  • 5. Yukon
  • 6. British Columbia
  • 7. Saskatchewan
  • 8. Prince Edward Island
  • 9. Newfoundland and Labrador

Bottom Tier:

  • 10. Alberta
  • 11. Quebec
  • 12. Northwest Territories, Nunavut (tie)

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A Benefit Concert was held on Saturday, April 7, at the Ice House in downtown Evergreen, to raise money for vet costs and proper feed for rescued horses:  The concert was a success.

Emaciated horses at Echo Valley Ranch
The six horses were taken from Echo Valley Ranch in Bailey on Feb. 23 after Routt County authorities called the Park County Sheriff’s Office, said Park County Undersheriff Monte Gore.
Horse owners Ron Swift and Randal Hatlee have each been charged with three counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty and will appear in Park County Court, Gore said.
Routt County officers were checking on a previously abused horse they had sent to the ranch and were concerned about the gaunt appearance of several horses. Park County sent code enforcement officers to investigate.
While other horses on the property looked healthy, six appeared to be underfed, according to Gore.
Since being taken into custody at undisclosed clinics, the horses have been doing well. They each gained anywhere from 10 to 72 pounds in 15 days, which points to the theory that they were underfed, Gore said.
“At this point (the horses) appear to be malnourished,” Gore said. “As we feed them and care for them, they are putting on weight.”

It has been learned that one of the horses named Maggie died.  It has also been learned that these rescued horses were, by order of the Court, returned to the owners!!  Ridiculous and unacceptable!!!!

In an email to the Attorney General, Ms. Courtney who organized the Benefit Concert writes:

“Severely neglected (photos available) horses were awarded back to Ron Swift, as per judge Green of Park County, yesterday.
We organized a highly publicized fundraiser to pay the vet bill to nurse these animals back. One died, another was found frozen on ground near death. Remaining horses were moved to undisclosed location vet due to high publicity.
First vet on site to assess the horses seems questionable at best, as second vet who was on standby clearly assessing these horses needed immediate help.Horses improved in vet care after seizure according to Monte Gore, Undersheriff  Park Cty. These horses were dying in Swift’s care – we need help to protect them – they should never be returned to him under any circumstances.”
Please help.
M. Courtney, Evergreen



Chance one of six horses taken from Echo Valley Ranch in Bailey

On Behalf of these horses and Ms. Courtney, with her permission below has been copied and pasted word for word what she has to say:

Animals Petition: Park County, CO Judge Brian Green & Deputy D.A. Steve Sullivan: DO NOT RETURN STARVED COLORADO HORSES


Court date is May 15th, they must not be permanently returned, they will not survive the coming winter. Against all common sense and facts these horses were ordered returned like pawns for political vendettas or personal agendas. It is a disgrace. Those assigned to protect these innocents from further suffering and abuse ought to get a clue what their job duties are and remain. These horses just survived a terrible fate – and were returned to the same place where they were neglected. How is that for American common sense and professional integrity ??? Had the first vet, on whose presence Mr. Steven Sullivan, Park county Deputy District Attorney, so relies on… done her job and Swift fed/cared for the horses, we would not have this conversation.

Not sure what more evidence this District Attorney needs to see, as what the rest of the world sees in this mess is enough to make Park County a place of embarrassment, bloody cover ups and ignorance. I hope people up there wake up to the scheme that is played out and how defenseless horses have become pucks in a hockey game of blind poking matches.

Thank you Undersheriff and deputies for having seized the horses, as they would have surely died. One can only hope your continued baby sit services to monitor these horses at tax payers expenses will not be needed, as they ought to be relinquished to good homes who remember that domesticated horses can’t be reversed into “wild” ones, especially when fenced in.

Please sign the above petition and share.  Thank you.

Monika Courtney

http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/30876616/detail.html  April 11, 2012  Horses returned

http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/30486436/detail.html  February 17, 2012

http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/30687423/detail.html  March 15, 2012

What is needed now is a public support campaign by Park county residents, constituents of the system deciding the fate of these horses.

1) The claim that a vet was on sight or having treated these animals prior to seizure ought to be scrutinized further, to a higher instance, which I believe is the State Veterinarian Board.

Email for inquiries/complaints: VeterinaryMedicine@dora.state.co.us


Catherine.Shea@cu.edu  Attorney for Board 303-860-5658

(Shea, Catherine A. Senior Associate Counsel for Technology Transfer and Research Compliance)

The horses were found in ADVANCED debilitated state of neglect, which contradicts first “assigned” vet’s competence, integrity or both, and also reflects a LACK of responsibility on Swift’s part to call said vet in due time to administer help and/or treatment  http://pix.kg/p/416168114214%3A811361237/scl

(When horses were seized they improved thereafter immediately, see weight chart, photos available provided by Park Cty).
The above slide show photos show the 2 year old colt, weighing about 300 lbs. instead of 700 or more, who was hauled in on Feb. 16 under the Routt County impound.  He wears a foal’s blanket in the slide show!  The other horse to be impounded along with him by Routt County had already died. You can see the other horses in his herd at the end of the slide show may be in even worse condition.

2) Two veterinarians’ affidavit’s ought to be mandated in any case of advanced neglect, whether the claimed cause/reasons of found health status are illness, neglect or abuse. In a case such as this, where as doubt exists clearly based on evidence of photos taken of said horses showing their advanced state of neglect, the claimed fact of a vet having treated said horses prior to seizure (Feb.16) needs to be investigated, with said vet records being subpoenad as evidence.  (Affidavit by other vet treating the colt impounded by Routt Cty. and on same property in same horrific condition, could be obtained for the investigation by authorities prosecuting this case).

3) Public knowledge and awareness of these inconsistencies existing within a system, whereas individuals assigned to carry out a job duty to protect said animals from further suffering, is a necessary tool to continue the momentum in the publicity this case has generated. Anyone knowing anyone residing in Park County ought to be contacted and inquired upon to lend their support to this campaign by expressing their concern in regards to the surrender to said horses back to the bad situation out of which they were rescued by Animal Control, who did their job in the nick of time to save these horses. One horse, to be impounded with the colt by Routt county, died, and the deplorable conditions of others in photos speak volumes and truth.

4) The fact that they were returned with “no probable cause” is not acceptable, as there is sufficient evidence (photos of their condition at seizure date), and a complete absence of common sense resulting in this mess. Animal Control has done its job by seizing the animals out of danger. For horses to be returned before criminal investigation is over and prior to said court date of May 15th is imprudent, reflecting a total lack of integrity on District Attorney’s part to carry out his job duties in what he is assigned to do.

5) A reminder to officials/decision makers in this case that the public is watching is the only hope these horses have.

The next goal is to find LOCAL support by residents of Park county, which requires all of us to find people who reside there, get them informed on this questionable conduct by a few within a system that has too long gone on unnoticed, get a public push to “clean house” before there is no animal welfare, civil rights, or due process left. Residents of Park Cty. can demand these horses not be returned permanently and to further prohibit Swift from having horses, as he seems neither capable nor willing to care for them, whatever may be the reasons. Probation or a misdemeanor is not going to prevent them from the coming winter or/and the consequences thereof.

6) Letters. Any contacts willing to join forces in a letter campaign prior to court date, please send them the photos attached. It does not take an Einstein nor a horse “expert” to assess the evidence on these photos and horses’ debilitated advanced state of neglect, with Chance being near Henneke 1. The system needs reminding by the public what their job duties are, whom they serve and the public to demand them to be carried out with a public pressure campaign. I ask that you all get involved with this next step – find Park county residents to drum up support. I believe the D.A. is elected and I can only hope he will not get another term, if this injustice will be his responsibility.

In this time of age where political agendas and corruption reckon over the very welfare and protection of animals, and whereas some within a system simply fail to carry out their job duties, we as a people are the only hope for these animals. This case clearly reflects the need to carry on with our pressure. As the animals were seized under court order, I was told by Park County Animal Control that a judge from Canon City (Fremont Cty.) signed the court order. Since Deputy D.A. Steve Sullivan is in the position to push for justice and has apparently not done so, either by failing to present evidence or claiming a cause – the judge had no choice in this but to return the animals. So the problem may lay with the D.A. as it has seemingly been for a long time and he had no comment in this case to protect the horses. Park county perhaps too long has been a place of unnoticed injustices against animals – carried out by some with a fancy title, personal agenda or financial motives, yet ineffective to protect those they are assigned to protect and therefore become pawns of political agendas in the end. Since the Dept. of Agriculture, the Bureau of Animal Protection and its “professional agents”  once again seem to conveniently stay out of the matter, I ask that you step up and continue to support this mission.

If court date of May 15th (Tuesday) stands for this case, a protest in Fairplay could be a step to lend our voices.

Thank you.

Monika Courtney

Attached:   Links to photos

Weight Chart

Photo of Little Big Man, seized by Routt Cty., and evidently in very bad shape

Horse body chart / Equine body scoring chart

Park Cty. Roster info for contacts

below a link to Henneke body scoring chart with photos




  • ·  Sentencing

Prosecutors, probation officers, and police should always urge the court to make forfeiture of the animal victims part of the sentence imposed in a cruelty or fighting case. In some states, the court is at liberty to direct return of some or all of the animals to the owner even following a conviction. Laws should be drafted to require forfeiture as part of the sentence in all animal fighting cases and in most if not all cruelty cases.


Securing a conviction in an animal cruelty or animal fighting case is just part of the goal of the prosecution. Ensuring that animal victims are not returned to their abusers when the criminal case is over is equally important to ensuring a just and humane result in these cases.

Contacts for letters:


Presiding over case:Brian Green
Park County Judge

Phone: 719-836-2940

300 Fourth Street
P.O. Box 190
Fairplay CO 80440

11th Judicial District Chief Judge
Charles M. Barton

142 Crestone
P.O. Box 279
Salida CO 81201

Deputy District Attorney Steve Sullivan

136 Justice Center Rd., #203

P.O. Box 1206

Canon City, CO 81212


310 4th St.

Fairplay, CO 80440


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For more information:
Ryan Cotter
(613) 992-3213


Dr. Hedy Fry’s bill: An Act to amend the Canadian Criminal Code (animal cruelty)

• Introduces the term ‘negligent’ and defines it as “departing markedly from the standard of care that a reasonable person would use”;
• Makes it an offense to kill any animal without a lawful excuse. Lawful excuse includes: hunting, fishing, farming, euthanasia, and protection of life and property. THESE PRACTICES ARE FULLY PROTECTED;
• Makes it an offence to kill an animal with ‘brutal or vicious intent’, whether or not the animal dies immediately;
• Introduces a definition of ‘animal’ and defines it as “a vertebrate, other than a human being”;
• Includes specific offences for poisoning, injuring or killing a law enforcement animal while it is working;
Moves animal cruelty out of the property section of the criminal code to better reflect contemporary Canadian values of seeing animals not merely as chattel but as beings capable or pain and suffering;
• Makes it an offense to train an animal to fight or receive money for animal fighting and training;
• Applies to all vertebrates equally whether or not they are owned or un-owned (wild, stray, etc.);
• Allows for a lifetime prohibition on future animal ownership (up from the current maximum of two years) and a minimum five-year prohibition for second or subsequent offences;
• Allows judges to order anyone convicted of cruelty to animals to pay restitution (such as veterinary bills and shelter costs) to the animal welfare organization that subsequently cared for the animal(s).
• Provides greater flexibility in sentencing by allowing animal cruelty crimes to be prosecuted as summary conviction or indictable offenses. Maximum penalties for an indictable offense would increase to a jail term of up to five years and unlimited fines; and for summary convictions, a maximum jail sentence of up to eighteen months and fine of up to $10,000.00.

Liberal MP Dr. Hedy Fry introduces 5 Private Members Bills | Hedy …


20 Sep 2011 – Liberal MP Dr. Hedy Fry (Vancouver Centre) today re-introduced five  “I reintroduced these bills because they have long been a priority for me,” explained Dr. Fry.  Moves animal cruelty out of the property section of the criminal code to better  is impersonal and they can therefore say whatever they want.

Please get in touch with  Dr Hedy Fry and do all you can to share this and support her bill ? Please also check out the CFAWR  link regarding Canada’s Animal Cruelty legislation .It is virtually nonexistent!  


Thank you  all,so much for your support!


CFAWR | Current Legislation


Current Canadian Federal Animal Cruelty legislation has its roots dating back Richard Ryder writes that the first known legislation against animal cruelty in the .


Sarah West Founder/President

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

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Canadian Ambassador World Animal Day



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“Prime Minister Steven Harper and  the Honorable Kathy Dunderdale Premier Newfoundland and Labrador we would like YOU  BOTH specifically and particularly to read this (below)  Look at the numbers it does not add up?”

“I don’t think Canadians appreciate you supporting the seal hunt in the guise of a welfare payment program

let alone your support of this barbaric slaughter of tiny baby seals !  There is no hunt it is a misnomer!! A sealer walks up to a baby seal and spits its head open with a huge metal hook and or shoots it! It cannot run away or hide and its Mother watches distraught and crying for her baby.”

“I challenge you both on behalf of all twenty seven million two hundred and eighty seven thousand  Canadians to go and watch and witness this bloody slaughter ?”


Canadians 80%  of 34 million,108,572 of US … YES US… this is 27,287.001 people  DONT WANT this hunt

The world does not want the hunt or its bloody products !

When are you going to give this up?


You both continue to bring shame and disgust to our country of Canada and its citizens


Give it up you will though… so start providing job retraining your 6000 seal slaughter/ hunt team!!


Patronage and seals…by Ed Hollett    ed_hollet@hotmail.com


Thursday’s announcement by fisheries minister Darin King should give you a pretty big reminder that the local political scene remains mired in the past.


The provincial government is giving a private sector company a $3.6 million.  They are calling it a loan.  In effect, the provincial government is going to pay a cash subsidy directly to fishermen to kill twice as many seals as the company involved could buy. That’s according to a company official at the news conference on Thursday.


Interestingly enough, this is exactly the type of subsidy that helped to decimate the cod stocks since it encourages fishermen to over-harvest the resource.  The excuse for it is much the same as well:  it is supposedly just bridge financing to help the industry get through some difficult times now. Things will get better in the future.


There’s no truth in it of course.  There never has been.  Those are just the official excuses the politicians need to avoid the decisions that are tough but that would actually improve the fishery.


Even more interestingly, there’s a growing international effort to wipe out these subsidies. Yet while people around the world are trying to change the behaviour that led to the loss of our fish stocks, the locals are just carrying on as if everything was just peachy.


This looming change in the fishery and the fish markets is part of the story behind the more recent fisheries crisis, by the way, but that’s another issue.


One sentence in the seal subsidy release leaped out.  it’s down towards the bottom. It’s vague and written in the passive voice, which likely means the person who wrote the release was just filling up space.  Here’s the claim:


The value of the industry to the provincial economy has been estimated at close to $100 million in total in recent years.


has been estimated”.


By whom?


Well certainly not the provincial government.  The fisheries department website gives information for three years.  They are from a time before the most recent collapse of the markets:


The Sealing Industry contributed on average approximately $16 million to harvester’s income, and approximately $37 million to the provincial economy in the last three years:


1.    2006: approximately $30 million in landed value and approximately $55 million to the provincial economy.

2.    2007: approximately $11 million in landed value and approximately $32 million to the provincial economy.

3.    2008: approximately $7 million in landed value and approximately $24 million to the provincial economy.

4.    From $30 million in landed value and $55 million in total in 2006 to a mere $7.0 million in landed value and $24 million total value two years later.


So $100 million in total value to the economy?  Only, if you add up a bunch of years and that doesn’t seem to be what they meant.


This province won’t have a viable, local fishing industry in the future as long as the provincial government sticks with bad policy ideas like doling out cash to fishermen and local companies as they did in the seal announcement on Thursday.





Thank you on behalf of baby Canadian Seals



Sarah West Founder/President

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

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Original 2008 post about Brindi




Stone Free Brindi

Jimi say, “Turn her loose, baby!”

Brindi has never, ever, bitten a child or an adult. Nor has she ever inflicted anything worse more than a few tiny “spots” (direct quote from dog owner) on another dog. She has what is called “good bite inhibition”. And because of that, and the fact that her excellent trainer stands behind her and her guardian, Francesca Rogier, she should be freed and given the same tolerance and understanding Halifax animal control gives to scores of other dogs who have committed worse transgressions!
But despite this, her good obedience training (Francesca’s hard work) and several positive behavioral assessments, Halifax still locked her up for nearly four years. And is still locking her up. Her health has suffered, needless to say. A trial is underway and it does not look very good at the moment, hence the need to solicit help from higher powers.

A lot of people have turned a cold shoulder to Brindi and F… more

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If Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty has his way, there will be NO protection of animals in Ontario…..period.  The revised Bill of Jack MacLaren, if passed will certainly see to that.

We cannot allow this to happen!!!

Just IN:

Rally to oppose the new Bill 37 to be introduced on Monday by MPP Jack McLaren:


After public outcry and strong criticism, MPP Jack MacLaren of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario withdrew private members Bill 37 but is now introducing The Prevention of Cruelty of Animals Act, 2012 in its place…

Question:  Are theSe the apparent kinds of situations and people that Ontario’s elected officials wish to protect??  Seemingly so!!

Living in squalor: After years of complaints, SPCA seizes hounds, birds from Elgin-area farm

By Hugh Adami, The Ottawa Citizen March 15, 2012

Read more: http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/Living+squalor+After+years+complaints+SPCA+seizes+hounds+birds+from+Elgin+area+farm/6308553/story.html#ixzz1pTT0UPCm

“OTTAWA — About 40 hounds and 145 fowl and game birds were seized this week from an Elgin-area farmer, notorious over the years with neighbours and animal-welfare groups for alleged neglect and mistreatment of his dogs.”

To quote a private source in Ontario:

“The fact is that neither OMAFRA nor any police organizations have discussed  this Bill with Jack MacLaren nor entered into any agreement to take over the  responsibility of policing and investigating animals.

Therein lies the danger in this Bill. He has sent out an “Explanatory Note”  with his revision which is not honest and at first glance will have many  people thinking it is a good thing. It is most definitely not. It will take
our animal welfare back into the dark ages. He is counting on people not  bothering to compare his explanation with the actual Bill and the way he  has worded it makes it look like the arrangement  with the Ministry of
Agriculture (OMFRA) Ontario Ministry of Agriculture ,Food and Rural Affairs  is a done deal.

Unfortunately many people will not read between the lines, nor understand  that his explanatory note and the Bill say two different things. People are  not usually willing to wade through the legality of a Private Members Bill.

A reliable source who spoke with the Minister of Agriculture has noted that not only would he not support this, he  had not even seen the Bill. It is all smoke and mirrors.”

It is MOST IRONIC that the Animal Legal Defense Fund had applauded Ontario’s Animal Protection Laws stating in their 2011 Report


We can all wonder just what the ALDF must be thinking now!!

 10/06/2010 10:20:49 AM

CTV.ca News Staff


“Animals in Ontario, meanwhile, enjoy the best protection in Canada, the ALDF says, which ranked the province in the top spot. It applauded, in particular, Ontario’s mandatory restrictions on future ownership of animals for those convicted of animal cruelty.”

Here’s the full ranking list:

Top Tier:

  • 1. Ontario
  • 2. Nova Scotia
  • 3. Manitoba
  • 4. New Brunswick

According to yet another un-named reliable source this comment has been made:

“- Jack MacLaren’s Bill 37 which proposed to gut the Ontario SPCA Act and strip the SCPA of pretty much all of their powers has indeed been withdrawn as has already been reported

– According to a template response being sent out by MacLaren’s office, the MP has drafted a new OSPCA bill which is apparently similar enough in intent to allow it to proceed to second reading on March 29th

– According to MacLaren, this bill would create a distinction between cruelty to dogs and cats and cruetly to farm animals, limiting the SPCA’s powers in the case of the latter

– It would also take away the SPCA’s enforcement and policing powers leaving them with the power to investigate and report their findings to police who would determine whether charges were warranted

It seems to me though from reviewing a copy of the new bill that MacLaren is not being completely upfront, in that his bill does a few more things than he’s suggesting.

– distress is redefined, possibly making it more difficult to prosecute for neglect – instead of meaning “the state of being in need of proper care, water, food or shelter or being injured, sick or in pain or suffering or being abused or subject to undue or unnecessary hardship, privation or neglect”, MacLaren’s definition limits distress to “any sickness, injury or physical pain or suffering resulting from abuse or neglect”

– it would also add policing costs and court costs– possibly in the millions or tens of millions of dollars — as it asks the police to dedicate time and resources to dealing with animal cruelty crimes after the SPCA has already investigated, creating unnecessary duplication and waste (triplication if you consider that OMAFRA investigators may also now be involved in cases that they previously would have left to the OSPCA) — and it involves the courts in issuing animal protection orders and removal orders, thousands a year and also warrants for situations that don’t now require warrants — would this money be made available or would animal crimes simply not be prosecuted?”

Here’s a couple of articles which talk about what MacLaren is doing:



Bill 37, Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Amendment Act, 2012


Note that the FIRST READING in the House carried!!!

 The “Smoke and Mirrors” :  the Bill and the Explanatory Note say two different things:


Revised PC Party Act Still Guts Animal Cruelty Laws

Tuesday, March 13, 2012


In a recent letter to Premier McGuinty written by CFAWR:

This amended bill by Jack Maclaren  has a clear conflict of interest and bias in this proposed Ontario legislation … Passage of the Bill would provide for zero transparency and accountability in a notoriously inhumane industry. Imagine: the very people who slaughter animals for food will be the ones to “ensure” standards are maintained

If you all do one thing today after you receive this E mail PLEASE click onto the web links and see for yourself what you will be allowing to happen to farm animals in Ontario Every animal welfare advocate and citizen in Canada and Ontario is asking that you DO NOT PASS THIS BILL

If an abused animal has to wait to be seen by a veterinarian what happens to all the abused animals who NEVER get taken to the vet .This  point (7) is nothing short of allowing those who inflict torture and abuse on animals a free ride! Does Jack McLaren really believe a person who abuses their pet or other animal is going to take it to the vet ????

British Columbia knows firsthand that by the time you report and animal being abused and WAIT to get the paperwork the animal is “ disappeared “ or dead  The BCSPCA has a very successful animal control force that can seizes an abused animal from the area it is located in. When any animal is being abused and tortured it cannot “ wait” for paperwork to be brought to safety!!!!

BC SPCA: Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (PCA Act)

www.spca.bc.ca › Cruelty › Legislation

Enables BC SPCA constables to obtain a warrant to seize an animal using the  BC SPCA officers can

 enter property and act immediately to help an animal in 

Please most kindly make yourselves aware of the  federal Animal Cruelty legislation It is barely 3.5 pages There is virtually nothing in it to protect animals and nothing concrete that the judges and courts can utilize in make sound judgments with regard to prosecuting animal cruelty perpetrators  Its basic tenets were written over 118 years ago! This is critical and in reference to point (9) of the proposed Maclaren Bill.

Current Legislation

CURRENT LEGISLATION. Current Canadian Federal Animal 

Farm animals maybe food animals but they feel and suffer as we do and  as all sentient creatures do. Please, please think about the  catastrophic devastation and  unspeakable pain and suffering you will be allowing to happen to factory farm animals, family pets and other animals…. if this bill is allowed to pass and its effect on all of those animals and creatures… who cannot speak up in their own defence? By not passing this bill you could  be making the first and historic step in supporting Canada’s commitment in principle to the UDAW Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare

The Canadian campaign for a UDAW » Animals Matter to Me



Set a shining example  for the rest of Canada ? Please …do the right thing and protect the animals in Ontario?? Their million voices now lie in your hands !

Thank you

Yours very Sincerely

Sarah West. Founder Canadians For Animal welfare Reform CFAWR www.cfwr.org

Co-Founder Canadian Animal Welfare Coalition.

Ambassador for Canada WORLD ANIMAL DAY

CETFA – Canadians for Ethical Treatment of Food Animals.


CETFA investigators recently concluded an investigation into conditions in Canadianbarns that spanned 4 provinces. The footage covers nearly all species of CCFA | FAQ’s


Sadly, Canada’s anti-cruelty laws do not protect farm animals from suffering caused by factory farming systems provided they are considered standard industry 

Animal abuse – intensive farming – cruelty to animals – chickens 


7 Jan 2007 – Part II — good article to click after photographs of abused animals …..The majority of these are raised in factory farms where they are stacked in 

Factory Farming | Farm Sanctuary


These are actual photographs and videos documenting the abuse found in “food animal” factories, stockyards, and slaughterhouses. Many people will find them 

Global Action Network: Factory Farms: Factsheets: General 


Currently, there are 18 million pigs raised on factory farms in Canada, with this number set to rise over the coming years as export markets for pork increase.

Veg.ca – The lives of farm animals


7 May 2005 – Canada has around 2800 farms where broiler chickens are raised for meat. …. In order to maximize profits, factory farms often put the health of 

The MacLaren Bill must not be passed and NONE of the following below allowed

1.    Separate inspections into (a) farm animal inspections and (b) non-farm animal inspections

2.    -Farm inspections will be carried out by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)

3.    -Non-farm animal inspections will be carried out by the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA)

4.    -OMAFRA & OSPCA Inspection officers will be the first response to complaints and will be limited to observation, advisement, education, and writing reports on visits made

5.    -Inspectors will no longer have the power of a police officer and will not be able to inspect without the permission of the land owner

6.    -Enforcement will be done by the OPP or local police force ONLY after abuse has been substantiated and reported on by the inspectors. Police force enforcement to stop actual abuse should be few and far between

7.    -Abused animal removal will only be done with the recommendation of a veterinarian and sanctioned by a justice of the peace

8.    -OSPCA will no longer be able to invoice animal owners

9.    -Only the police will be able to lay charges under the Provincial Offenses Act or the Criminal Code of Canada

 You can add your voice in Opposing this Proposed Bill :  Write your own emails: Just Copy and Paste these addresses into your TO Box.



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Premier Dalton McGuinty: Do not pass revised ‘Bill 37’ for changes to animal rights protection


After public outcry and strong criticism, MPP Jack MacLaren of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario withdrew private members Bill 37 but is now introducing The Prevention of Cruelty of Animals Act, 2012 in its place on Monday, March 19th, at Queen’s Park.  This new bill will hand over inspection rights for farm animals to members of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA). This will undermine the protection of farm animals. This revised bill has a clear conflict of interest and bias. Passage of the Bill would provide for zero transparency and accountability in a notoriously inhumane industry. Imagine, the very people who slaughter animals for food will be the ones to “ensure” standards are maintained. It is unconscionable to hand over the welfare of farm animals to any group that has vested interests in the agriculture industry. Indeed, there is such an inappropriate bias here that it is insulting.

Also, under Bill 37, farmers will be allowed to call in their own veterinarians to determine whether abuse exists. Veterinarians who are paid by these farmers and make a living through servicing these farmers’ animals will, in many cases, not want to cause trouble and “bite the hands that feed them”, so they will be compelled to look the other way.

Separating farm animals’ rights from those of ‘pets’ also makes the point that farm animals do not deserve the same care and protection, that they are ‘products’, which is ludicrous. All animals suffer and feel pain and should be afforded equal protection.

There are also concerns about whether police officers have sufficient specialized knowledge of animal husbandry to recognize distress, whether they have the skills to deal with exotic, dangerous or aggressive animals and whether the police service has enough resources to take on this extra role.

Please send an email to MPP Tim Hudak (tim.hudakco@pc.ola.org) and Ontario’s MPPs, politely asking that they not support this Bill.

Premier Dalton McGuinty: dmcguinty.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

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-Separate inspections into (a) farm animal inspections and (b) non-farm animal inspections

-Farm inspections will be carried out by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)

-Non-farm animal inspections will be carried out by the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA)

-OMAFRA & OSPCA Inspection officers will be the first response to complaints and will be limited to observation, advisement, education, and writing reports on visits made

-Inspectors will no longer have the power of a police officer and will not be able to inspect without the permission of the land owner

-Enforcement will be done by the OPP or local police force ONLY after abuse has been substantiated and reported on by the inspectors. Police force enforcement to stop actual abuse should be few and far between

-Abused animal removal will only be done with the recommendation of a veterinarian and sanctioned by a justice of the peace

-OSPCA will no longer be able to invoice animal owners

-Only the police will be able to lay charges under the Provincial Offences Act or the Criminal Code of Canada

Listen to Jack McLaren’s interview on CBC here.



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