Posts Tagged ‘N.W.T’

Before you read any further please go to links below to get the full account of this case.

Euthanizing N.W.T. man’s 34 dogs ‘saddest day of my life’ for vet Dogs belonged to well-known Dene artist Archie Beaulieu

Dene artist denies neglecting his sled dogs


Let us all give a big round of applause to the NWT Justice System concerning the wonderful enlightened decision made concerning the case of the Behchoko Artist Archie Beaulieu.

When viewing this link, please be sure to read the comments posted.

Animal neglect charge stayed against northern artist

Now to play a little game: called Definition:

Please define the word WILLFUL, first in your own terms, then go to : http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/willful

Next define the word STARVATION, first in your own terms, then go to: http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/starvation

Define the word MORAL, first in your own terms, then go to: http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/moral

Now let’s try defining : CONSCIENCE http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/conscience

How about DISREGARD http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/disregard

Don’t forget about INDIFFERENCE http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/indifference

And definitely let’s not forget the word INJUSTICE http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/injustice

Now the best part of this little game is up to you. Having been given the details of the case , it is now your turn to be the JUDGE and JURY .   Being of solid moral conscience (remember the definitions) I feel confident that your determinations on this case of Mr. Archie Beaulieu, reknowned Northern Artist will be far different from that of the Crown. I feel confident that all of you would have allowed this case to go to trial, leaving it up to jurors to decide what Mr. Beaulieu’s fate would be. Of course the Crown did not think it worthy of the time and energies involved 0930sleddogs500.. “because of the unlikelihood of getting a conviction”. So with that decision now made by the Crown, can we safely say that it is open season on Northern Dogs? RCMP actually did lay the charge of animal cruelty, wow, and then the NWT Crown Prosecutor, chose to not follow through. Oh, what a wonderful message she sent…yes, open season on Northern Dogs and hey you RCMP don’t bother the courts with such trivia…. So please, play the game, define in your comments those words I listed above, and last but not least be the Judge and Jury.

What would your sentencing be for Mr. Reknowned Behchoko artist Archie Beaulieu?

Please be a strong voice against this form of disregard and injustice.  Thank you.

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Yet another case of failure to prosecute.  The recent case of the 3 dogs found starved and frozen to death in Tuktoyaktuk is another example why an animal protection act is absolutely necessary in the Canadian North.  These dogs were found frozen to the ground, discovered by the local dog catcher Chuck Gruben.

The RCMP Officer called in to investigate has decided not to press charges under the Criminal Code of Canada after having spoken with the owner of these dogs who claimed that the dogs were already sick and nothing could be done for them.  When question by CBC reporters as to whether a vet had been called in to confirm that indeed these animals had succumbed to their illness, the RCMP Officer stated no.    The officer also stated that under the Criminal Code that evidence must be prove that these animals were neglected in order to press charges, he did admit that the dead dogs and three surviving dogs looked pretty skinny.

Note that one caller to CBC North stated that a number of the sled dogs held at the Randa Boogie Pokiaks yard had broken loose and had entered her yard.  One of these dogs attacked and literally ate her puppy before her husband could chase them away.  Is this not an indication that these dogs were starving?

I was invited to do a personal interview with CBC North recently, topic of concern is this most recent case of willful neglect and my lobbying of the Northwest Territories Government for an Animal Protection Act.  I was more than happy to respond, I was allowed to hear the interview with the investigating RCMP officer prior to my interview.  The excuses given by the owner which were accepted by this officer, influencing his decision no to press charges, are unacceptable to myself and many others.  Pokiak made a conscious decision, he willfully failed to provide proper shelter in sub-zero temperatures and while he claimed to be feeding these animals, reports to the contrary were made by many witnesses.  Evidence lay in the starved carcasses frozen to the ground and the testimonies of witnesses that came forward to prove that this is an indictable offense.

In my view failing to prosecute this individual is sending a negative statement that there is no accountability for ones actions, that animal cruelty is condoned, and accepted, that one is free to do whatever they choose to with consequence.  The current Animal Cruelty Legislation as contained in the Criminal Code of Canada only applies to particular areas of the country.  The Criminal Code and this Animal Cruelty Legislation applies to everyone anywher in Canada.

If you are as outraged as what I am please sign my petition posted below “An Appeal for the Voiceless” and send a clear, precise and pointed message to the Government of the Northwest Territories that not only are the offenders of these horrendous acts accountable for their actions, but that the government is also accountable for their inaction.

I intend to keep up this fight and with you help enough pressure can be put on the Legislature for them to act..that is my hope.

Please go to the petition: An appeal for the voiceless

While this petition denotes 1,000 signatures I am urging everyone to surpass that number, to pass this case on to contacts, to make everyone aware of what is going on urging all to take positive action to put an end to this madness and suffering.

Read the CBC article on this case

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Pass Animal Protection Act in Canadian North -NWT and Nunavut
Please sign the petition.

Look into their eyes…


(photos courtesy of Linda Eccles)

three surviving dogs: (photos courtesy of Linda Eccles)

Currently the Northwest Territories and Nunavut do not have an Animal Protection Act.

Every second of each day in the Canadian North, dogs and cats, both mature and very young, suffer needlessly at the hands of negligent owners, who care nothing for their health, welfare or care. Without proper legislation in place this situation will continue to go unabated and without consequence to those criminals who inflict such terrible suffering. Dogs and pups, will continue to freeze to death in sub-zero temperatures tethered to chains or be rounded up and shot. The mature and the very young, cats and dogs, will continue to be dumped in an unforgiving wilderness left to suffer an agonizing death, or be tormented and abused in their own backyards and on the streets.

Related Links:

PETA presses Tuktoyaktuk RCMP to charge owner of dead dogs

Dead Tuktoyaktuk dogs weren’t neglected: police

Euthanizing N.W.T. man’s 34 dogs ‘saddest day of my life’ for vet

Dene artist denies neglecting his sled dogs

N.W.T. to look at increasing fines for negligent dog owners

Dog deaths bring law into question

Inuit have long alleged that the RCMP killed a total of about 20,000 sled dogs throughout the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s in Nunavut, the Nunavik region of northern Quebec, and the Nunatsiavut region of Labrador.
The RCMP, which has denied allegations of an organized dog slaughter, conducted its own investigation into the issue. A 2005 interim report cleared police of any wrongdoing.

Inuit associations want inquiry into dog deaths

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