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There has been much by way of   emailing between parties with reference to the controversial No Kill Movement, and in addressing the issues and conversation that ensued, I have received permission from Ms. West to copy and paste her response in one of her communiques.    My own comments are made first and I agree wholeheartedly with Ms. West.

Bloggers Comments:

Over population is definitely NOT and animal problem.  It is in fact a HUMAN problem period!  Every single day, in every single town, city and province countless kittens and puppies are born and cats and dogs are either turned into shelters, are found abandoned and dumped.  Why, because educating the masses as well try to do, stressing the need for spay/neuter is being totally ignored by the ignorant, the money hungry and the irresponsible pet owners not only in Canada but elsewhere throughout the US and every country on the Globe.  It is a HUMAN problem.  We see it everyday, and we clean up the mess and horror left behind.

As far as the laws governing companion animals in this country, we all know how archaic and antiquated these laws are, yet each time a new Bill is brought before the House to improve the legislation and declassify animals as mere property, it is voted down by the current government in power.  Further, shelter funding for the most part is not subsidized by provincial or federal funding and often depends solely upon donations.  What municipally owned shelters there are, are dictated to by the municipal bureaucrats who dictate!!

Over burdened shelters, and especially No-Kill Shelters trying so desperately to find forever homes for those in need,  unlicensed back yard breeders, the human failures of spaying and neutering companion animals, the total lack of responsible pet owners and the failure of municipal, provincial and federal government to properly address the issues of inadequate veterinary services in many areas across Canada, the Federal Legislation, the lack of very real animal protection By-Laws within our communities, municipalities and not having enough qualified, fully educated Animal Cruelty Investigators within each SPCA, town, city, municipality and province/territory is also part of the problem.

We need the powers of Seizure to save distressed animals held in the confines of ongoing neglect, disregard and failures to provide the necessities of life.  Here in Canada, we need the powers that are given to SPCA’s within the US.  Here instead we must depend upon the local police forces for seizure and quite honestly folks they have enough on their hands and distressed and abused animals are the last of their concerns.

Major movements within this country and elsewhere, as Sarah has pointed out, must have one focus to be effective Any problem regarding animal welfare is NOT  a single faceted one The No Kill Solution is taking the shelters to task.  This is one of the problems we have with bad shelter management, lack of cooperation with rescues, not socializing dogs and the list goes on!

We have seen the scandals surrounding the OSPCA, my God my computer files are enormous on that particular issue alone.  Then you take into account the Whistler case, that massive slaughter was unnecessary and fueled only by greed and a failure to effectively monitor such operations. The subsequent investigation into the slaughter was too little too late, and the outcome of the judgement issued by the Courts for this mass murder was merely a slap on the wrist.

WE must, support each other.  WE must be united period.  WE must not criticize or judge that which is being done by any one group or organization in their fight to end cruelty to animals in this country or anywhere else period.  Dissention among the troops proves only to make the army very shaky and ineffective.  While one has the right to disagree, and I will defend that right, we all have one common goal and purpose..to save animals.  Since the Federal Government shows total disrespect and total disregard, often branding many of us as ‘terrorists’ if we speak out against the lack of very real Animal Protection, cutting off charitable status to organizations that openly oppose current ridiculous antiquated legislation and policies..we have only each other from which to draw strength and resources.

 

Ms. West writes:

Areas of Focus That must be Addressed Regarding Pet Overpopulation and Animal Cruelty

 

  1. Education and awareness both public the government courts police and the media ( Bonnie is working on this )
  2. Education and awareness both public the government courts police and the media that animals are sentient beings
  3. Education and awareness with regards to THE CAMBRIDGE DECLARATION ( that animals have the same consciousness as we do) yes we all know this but it’s NOT public knowledge and  certainly NOT known and recognized by the public courts government police and media
  4. Education and awareness via humane education in elementary schools ( I am working on getting certified as a humane educator ) for CFAWR
  5. Education and awareness with regards to the Animal Cruelty Syndrome ( for the public courts, government and media)
  6. Getting the TERM “ Companion Animal” listed in our dictionaries and  as  working on getting the use of this TERM in precedence setting legal cases
  7. Debunking the myth that shelter ect are somehow inferior or broken
  8. The destruction of whose who run puppy mills and back yard breeder
  9. Education and awareness regarding the necessity and positives if spaying and neutering
  10. Creating ways to make spaying and neutering ( more accessible and affordable ) for the public  Mobile vets  and subsidised procedures by the veterinary profession for low income citizens
  11. Legislation that bans the sale of puppies and kitten from pet stores ( Canada wide)
  12. Acceptability of TNR programmes by municipalities ( Canada wide)
  13.  Complete transparency and better shelter management by shelters and humane societies ( FOCUS for the NO KILL MOVEMENT) and Bill Bruce the Calgary Model Bonnie also working on this
  14.  Animals removed as property from the Canadian criminal code and PROPER Animal welfare legislation brought into Canada ( CFAWR is trying to work on this tiny step  by tiny step
  15.  Creating and establishing relationships with those MP’s trying to make changes to federal and provincial cruelty legislation ( Peggy Nash Mac Harb Mark Holland ect
  16.  Contraception for cats and dogs Alliance for Contraception in Cats and Dogs
  17. Cohesiveness, elimination of back biting and power struggles inherent in many animal welfare rescuers and groups ( animal advocacy underground)
  18. Animal advocacy volunteer training/ support regarding education speaking with media, animal care and networking for animals in need

 

If we have groups and movements taking on any of these’ issues of this multi-faceted program…. it is a good thing!   No one group can do it all and we cannot criticize each other if any one of us feel that something is fundamentally wrong with a specific group then don’t work with them  Keep doing what you are doing, but I feel other than that we must work together as Bonnie says.

 

Think about this list above.  This is a huge problem  almost beyond comprehension but we can neither be “ overwhelmed” or critical.  All efforts are helping and the No Kill movement may be doing some things you don’t like  but the fact that Nathan Winograd has started this is a good thing.  Many animals lives have been saved by his movement and that is a good thing regardless. I for one glad am he is on the ground fighting back with the No Kill Movement

All of us have to pick one focus and working on creating a dove- tail relationships with others who have a different  mandate and focus! It is out of “ combined” efforts that will and do make a difference for all the animals we care for so deeply.

 

We can’t change other countries but we can all come together to do what we can for Canada and her animals and creatures, wild, marine, stray ,farm and companion.

 

Sincerely

 

Sarah West Founder/President

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

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Letter from CFAWR Copied and pasted (unedited and with permission)

(links and pictures provided from prior Blog posts)

Subject: TO STEVEN HARPER YOUR LIST OF POLITICAL BLOWS TO THIS COUNTRY GETTING LONGER

STEVEN HARPER STOP DESTROYING OUR COUNTRY PIECE BY PIECE?

 

       YOU ALLOW THE SEAL HUNT TO CONTINUE in flagrant denial and disregard of 80% of Canadian citizens… that’s 27 million people… and the world.. WHO WANT IT STOPPED

      YOU ARE MESSING UP THE LIVES OF CANADIAN SENIORS!!!!

      YOU ARE TRYING TO DESTROY OUR ENVIRONMENT AND SELL OUT CANADA

https://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2012/06/02/stop-harpers-war-on-canadas-environment-stop-government-sell-out-protect-our-nation/

       YOU ALLOW FARM ANIMALS TO BE TRANSPORTED AND SLAUGHTERED IN THE MOST INHUMANE CONDITIONS AND DON’T  MONITOR THE TRANSPORT DRIVERS OR FOOD INSPECTION AGENCY OFFICERS

https://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2011/09/25/horrific-stats-on-factory-farm-animals-burned-alive-in-just-four-days-in-canada/


YOU HAVE DONE NOTHING TO SUPPORT YOUR GOVERNMENT’S
COMMITMENT IN PRINCIPLE TO THE UDAW UNIVERSAL DECLARATION ON ANIMAL WELFARE

      YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO BE AN “ ANIMAL LOVER” BUT ALLOW PRODUCTS INTO THIS COUNTRY MADE FROM CATS AND DOGS FUR.. ANIMALS WHO HAVE BEEN SKINNED ALIVE.

https://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2012/04/20/i-am-the-owner-of-this-coat/

       YOU ARE ALLOWING HORSES TO BE SLAUGHTERED  AND ALLOWING  THE PRACTICE OF HAVING TO SHOOT A HORSE 11 TIMES ON OCCASIONS BEFORE IT IS DEAD

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

Billboard placed just outside of Ottawa, Ontario…the Nation’s Capital

      

Mare sniffing foal murdered at birth

DID YOU KNOW UNDER CANADIAN LAW YOU CAN BEAT YOUR DOG TO DEATH WITH A HAMMER... AS LONG AS IT DOES NOT “ SUFFER” TOO MUCH YOU WILL NOT BE PROSECUTED “    Actual case? Yes.

       YOU ARE DOING NOTHING TO UPDATE OUR USELESS INEFFECTIVE 120 YEAR OLD ANIMAL CRUELTY LEGISLATION

Dogs starving in NWT, no charges ever laid      

BLOGGERS NOTE:  YOU FAIL TO ACKNOWLEDGE AND RECOGNIZE THE LINK BETWEEN ANIMAL CRUELTY AND HUMAN VIOLENCE

Maher: Animal rights activists started chasing Magnotta years before mutilation murder

http://www.canada.com/life/Maher+Animal+rights+activists+started+chasing+Magnotta+years+before+mutilation/6710225/story.html

YOU HAVE DECIDED FOR US THAT WE ARE NO LONGER A MEMBER OF THE KYOTO PROTOCOL ( you never asked us how we felt)

      YOU PAY YOUR FAVORITE SUPPORTERS …YES we have noticed that so many of your supporters are now in high paying government positions?????????

A quarter of defeated Tory candidates landed in public jobs after 2011 election: Analysis

www.theprovince.com

        YOU ARE INVADING OUR RIGHT TO PRIVACY…. and that’s not even half of what you are doing to this country  !!!

 

CFAWR is one of the few groups that are connecting all the dots with regard to your ineffectiveness  as a leader we can trust and rely on ! Our list of your “ political blows” to Canada is getting longer by the minute. You are seriously eroding this country’s integrity and our international and global reputation inch by inch .

 

WE SERIOUSLY WANT YOU GONE and we will do all in our power to educate  the public and the media via …legal ,appropriate and professional means … in looking at all the destructive and politically “ unsound” decisions you are making. We the people got you voted in and we the people want you out and we will get you out!.

 

CFAWR Invites the media contacts we have sent this to ….. to  take some time and create a big picture of exactly what you doing to this country, week by week… month by month… hour by hour!

 

You are most welcome to respond and yes we have used caps because we are shouting at you ! The tide is turning against you and If you have any sense left you will pay attention to Canada and her citizens. You do not have our permission to destroy our country or our lives Steven Harper

 

Yours Truly

 

Sarah West Founder/President

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

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BLOGGERS NOTE:  Until such time that WE as Canadians stand up to protect our country, our Charter of Rights and Freedoms, our Privacy, our Environment, Animals and Wildlife, our fresh water resources AND our mineral rights Canada will continue to be SOLD OUT to highly profitable foreign investors.  The continued EXPLOITATION of our country must be STOPPED.  The VIOLATION of our Charter of Rights and Freedoms MUST be STOPPED.

Dictatorship destroys Democracy!!

Canada belongs to all Canadians, not JUST one Canadian in power with a seemingly personal agenda.

ADDED TO THE GROWING LIST: 

INADEQUATE WATER MONITORING OF POLLUTANTS ENTERING ATHABASCA RIVER FROM ALBERTA’S OIL SANDS RESULTING IN THE POISONING OF FIRST NATIONS PEOPLES, THE LAND, FISH, WILDLIFE AND HABITAT!!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Fort Chipewyan community alarmed: Two deformed and lesion covered fish caught

Feds to gain power with NWT Act amendments

srj.ca

http://www.blackoutspeakout.ca/about.php

Franke James » What is Harper Afraid Of?

www.frankejames.com

Defend Canada’s Democracy and Environment from Bill C-38

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/286/802/967/?z00m=20308889

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Raging-Boomers/470689556279856

 

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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:

https://www.facebook.com/events/256701237751312/

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

http://www.aldf.org/article.php?id=1714

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

 10/06/2010 10:20:49 AM

CTV.ca News Staff

http://news.sympatico.ctv.ca/home/contentposting?feedname=CTV-TOPSTORIES_V3&showbyline=True&date=true&newsitemid=CTVNews%2f20100610%2fanimal-rights-laws-100610

“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:

http://ottawa.openfile.ca/blog/curator-blog/morningfile/2012/morningfile-toasting-eric-czapnik-condoms-saint-paul-ospca-clampd

http://www.betterfarming.com/online-news/agriculture-ministry-should-enforce-farm-animal-welfare-says-mpp-5242

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

http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/bills/bills_detail.do?locale=en&BillID=2581&detailPage=bills_detail_the_bi

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

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

http://www.ontla.on.ca/bills/bills-files/40_Parliament/Session1/b037.pdf

Revised PC Party Act Still Guts Animal Cruelty Laws

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

 http://www.lawyersforanimalwelfare.com/media/

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

www.makeanimalsmatter.ca/learn/the-canadian-campaign-for-a-udaw

 

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.

www.cetfa.com/index.php?option=com_content&view…42

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

www.humanefood.ca/faqs.html

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 

thewe.cc/weplanet/valued_life/humans_and_animals.htm

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

www.farmsanctuary.org/issues/factoryfarming/photos/

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 

www.gan.ca/campaigns/factory+farms/factsheets/index.en.html

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

www.veg.ca/issues/animals.html

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.

dmcguinty.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

kcraitor.mpp@liberal.ola.orglalbanese.mpp@liberal.ola.org,

tarmstrong-qp@ndp.on.ca,bbalkissoon.mpp@liberal.ola.orgrbartolucci.mpp@liberal.ola.org,
cbentley.mpp@liberal.ola.orglberardinetti.mpp@liberal.ola.org, mbest.mpp.co@liberal.ola.orggbisson@ndp.on.cajbradley.mpp@liberal.ola.org,
lbroten.mpp@liberal.ola.orgscdryden@ndp.on.ca, dcansfield.mpp@liberal.ola.orgmchan.mpp@liberal.ola.org,
bchiarelli.mpp.co@liberal.ola.orgmcolle.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org, mcoteau.mpp@liberal.ola.orggcrack.mpp@liberal.ola.org,
ddamerla.mpp@liberal.ola.orgbdelaney.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org, vdhillon.mpp.co@liberal.ola.orgjdickson.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org,
dinovoc-qp@ndp.on.cabduguid.mpp@liberal.ola.org, dduncan.mpp.co@liberal.ola.orgkflynn.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org,
cforster-qp@ndp.on.cafgelinas-qp@ndp.on.cajgerretsen.mpp@liberal.ola.org, mgravelle.mpp@liberal.ola.orgrandy.hillierco@pc.ola.orgahorwath-co@ndp.on.caehoskins.mpp.co@liberal.ola.orghjaczek.mpp@liberal.ola.org, ljeffrey.mpp@liberal.ola.orgmkwinter.mpp@liberal.ola.org,
jleal.mpp.co@liberal.ola.orgtmaccharles.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org, amangat.mpp.co@liberal.ola.orgmmantha-co@ndp.on.ca, rmarchese-co@ndp.on.cadmatthews.mpp@liberal.ola.orgbmauro.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org,
tmcmeekin.mpp@liberal.ola.orgmonte.mcnaughton@pc.ola.org, pmcneely.mpp@liberal.ola.orgmmeilleur.mpp@liberal.ola.org,
norm.miller@pc.ola.orgpmiller-qp@ndp.on.cajmilloy.mpp@liberal.ola.org, rmoridi.mpp@liberal.ola.orgjulia.munro@pc.ola.orggmurray.mpp@liberal.ola.orgynaqvi.mpp.co@liberal.ola.orgtnatyshak-qp@ndp.on.ca, rick.nicholls@pc.ola.orgdorazietti.mpp@liberal.ola.org,

 

 

 

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

https://www.change.org/petitions/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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Summary:

-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.

https://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2011/09/25/horrific-stats-on-factory-farm-animals-burned-alive-in-just-four-days-in-canada/

https://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2011/09/26/posted-on-behalf-of-canadians-for-animal-welfare-reform-in-response-to-blog-post-on-factory-farming/

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EXCERPT FROM THE ANIMAL DEFENSE LEAGUE OF CANADA NEWSLETTER  BULLETIN #178  FALL/WINTER 2011

“FACTORY-FARM BARN FIRES FILL OVER 23,000 ANIMALS IN FOUR DAYS” From Canadians for Ethical Treatment of Food Animals (CETFA), Vancouver, B.C., July 26, 2011

(Paraphrased):

‘Factory-barn fires are preventable – but they continue to occur because, in order to cut costs, they are highly automated with insufficient human maintenance and oversight.  This in spite of the fact that the toxic air from the waste of thousands of animals doesn’t only corrode the lungs of the confined animals – it also corrodes electrical wires and raises the likelihood of fire.  Furthermore, these animal death camps often lack either smoke sensors or sprinkler systems.  In this fire-trap situation, with many of the animals confined to metal gestation crates, concrete pens or battery cages, for animals to escape from the inferno is virtually impossible.”

STATISTICS:

QUEBEC:

Jan 7, 2011:   20,000 rabbits and 4,000 piglets burn alive

Jan 22,2011:  70 diary cows burn alive

Mar 5, 2011:   300 pigs burna alive

Mar 18, 2011:  125 beef cattle burn alive

ONTARIO:

Jan 24, 2011:   35 cattle burn alive

July 24, 2011:  650 pigs burn alive

July 25, 2011:  650 pigs burn alive

SASKATCHEWAN

Feb 26, 2011:  7,000 turkeys burn alive

MANITOBA

Mar 23, 2011:   16,000 chickens burn alive

May 21, 2011:   4,000 pigs burn alive

June 8, 2011:    12,000 chickens burn alive

July 22, 2011:  12,000 chickens burn alive

ALBERTA

Mar 31,2011:   2,000 pigs burn alive

June 8, 2011:   30,000 hens burn alive

July 24, 2011:   600 pigs burn alive

BLOGGERS COMMENT:  THIS IS TOTALLY PREVENTABLE!!!   THIS IS TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE!!!    THIS CAN NO LONGER BE TOLERATED!!!

Well put by the ADLC in their own comment:  “Insurance companies take note – please raise premiums for factory barns lacking smoke sensors and sprinkler systems.”

In the mind of this writer:  Logic dictates that the simple installation of these life saving devices would save hundreds of thousands of Factory Farm Animals…does it not?  Properly retrofitting existing barns, by investing any farm subsidies received from the Federal Government to run such operations..makes sense…does it not?

Consider the amount of money that insurance companies dole out when these horrific incidents occur…don’t think for a minute that those insurance premiums paid out are not somehow reflected and passed on in the insurance premiums increases that we all are subject to.

What is truly THE TRAGEDY is that these confined, imprisoned, terrified animals suffered an excruciating death…why…so that the owners/operators of these Factory Farms could save a buck!!!!

Factory Farms with their gestation crates/pens are repositories of pure hell.

Battery hens, turkeys, pigs, all manner of food animals suffer!!

One need only do their research to learn the truth!!

Warning some of the videos and images contained in the links below are extremely graphic and horrifying.

http://www.idausa.org/facts/factoryfarmfacts.html

The Website the Meat Industry Doesn’t Want You to See

http://www.meat.org/

Realities of farming in Canada

http://cfhs.ca/farm/farming_in_canada/

Factory Farming in Canada

http://www.chooseveg.ca/animal-cruelty-canada.asp

http://www.farmsanctuary.org/issues/factoryfarming/

Images from Factory Farms

http://www.google.ca/search?q=factory+farms&hl=en&biw=1920&bih=876&prmd=imvnsb&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=r4J_TsSRE4_UiALOw9W5Aw&sqi=2&ved=0CGgQsAQ

Canadian Coalition for Farm Animals

http://www.humanefood.ca/faqs.html

Cruelty of Factory Farming

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CaHXA1LLB_I

The Pork Industry

http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-food/pork-industry.aspx

Images  of Pig Factory Farming

http://www.google.ca/search?q=pig+factory+farming&hl=en&sa=X&biw=1920&bih=876&prmd=imvns&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&ei=TYV_Tp7iNIHjiALd15i6Aw&ved=0CF0QsAQ

Investigation Reveals Cruelty at Pig Factory Farm

http://www.youtube.com/verify_age?next_url=http%3A//www.youtube.com/watch%3Fv%3DfDiSR0LGry8

Undercover at Smithfield Foods

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

The Worst Abuses in Factory Farming

http://www.animalfreedom.org/english/information/abuses.html

Undercover Footage from Pig Factory Farm

http://www.youtube.com/verify_age?next_url=http%3A//www.youtube.com/watch%3Fv%3D7eQQQBn4dlo

The Battery Hen: Her Life Is Not For The Birds

http://www.all-creatures.org/articles/egg-battery.html

Images of Battery Cages

http://www.google.ca/search?q=battery+cages&hl=en&client=firefox-a&sa=X&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&biw=1920&bih=876&prmd=imvns&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&ei=tol_TqX_FfTXiAKr8PG5Aw&ved=0CEUQsAQ

 

Veal : A Cruel Meal

http://www.britishmeat.com/veal.html

Cruelty to Baby Calves at Veal Farm in Ohio

http://www.youtube.com/verify_age?next_url=http%3A//www.youtube.com/watch%3Fv%3DY82jTI3BqRM

 

Veal Factory Farming Images

http://www.google.ca/search?q=battery+cages&hl=en&client=firefox-a&sa=X&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&biw=1920&bih=876&prmd=imvns&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&ei=tol_TqX_FfTXiAKr8PG5Aw&ved=0CEUQsAQ#hl=en&client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla:en-US%3Aofficial&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=Veal+Factory+Farming&pbx=1&oq=Veal+Factory+Farming&aq=f&aqi=&aql=1&gs_sm=s&gs_upl=46095l54038l0l56644l33l29l0l0l0l15l261l4911l0.19.10l29l0&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.&fp=a2b7cc7595ae4c8d&biw=1920&bih=876

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