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Harb Seal Bill

Posted under Latest Updates by admin on March 21st, 2009 12:00 am

This is our chance to pass a law to help seals!
Ask your Senators to support the “Harb Seal Bill.”

On March 3rd, Senator Mac Harb introduced a historic bill to end the commercial seal hunt in Canada. For the first time, Canadians can support a legislative initiative in our own country that would save hundreds of thousands of defenseless seal pups each year from a horrible fate.

Sadly, no other Senator has yet stepped forward to support the Bill, and many are organizing to work against it. We risk the “Harb Seal Bill” being lost if we don’t act quickly.

As a Canadian, speaking up for the seals has never been more crucial. We are asking that you send a message to your Senators — copying your Member of Parliament — to urge them to support Bill S-229 (the “Harb Seal Bill”) to end the seal slaughter. Then, let your friends and family know how they can help, too.

On our recent visit to see this year’s baby harp seals, we were overwhelmed by the beauty of their icy nursery. The pups nursed from their protective mothers as the water lapped against the ice edge. To know that this peaceful scene will soon be turned into an open-air slaughterhouse is too much to bear, and many of us were in tears as we looked at the trusting babies, so oblivious now to their likely fate.

But there is hope on the horizon. With the European Union poised to ban its trade in seal products as early as next month, there may be little demand this year for seal fur. Canada’s fishing industry is feeling the impacts of a US boycott of Canadian seafood, and may soon remove its powerful lobby on behalf of the sealing industry.

As the ProtectSeals team returns to the ice floes, I know I can count on each and every one of you at home to help us save the seals.

Latest Updates

Posted under Latest Updates by admin on April 13th, 2008 11:52 am

Ex-owner fined in Queen Waldorf abuse case
– Niagara Falls Review – Ontario, CA – February 21, 2009
Queen Waldorf case in court today
– Niagara Falls Review – Ontario, CA – February 20, 2009
New Date Set For Animal Cruelty Case
– The Welland Tribune – Ontario, CA – December 9, 2008
Queens Waldorf puts a face to the suffering; Queen Waldorf’s ordeal has inspired thousands to sign petition calling for tougher animal cruelty laws
St. Catherines, Ontario – December 30, 2007
Emaciated, wearing a collar that was too tight and with 2.25 kilograms in weights tied around her neck with a weathered rope, it may have seemed like the end for Queen Waldorf when she was abandoned near Marineland in Niagara Falls last spring.

But really, it was just the beginning for the German shepherd, whose story sparked an outcry for tougher animal cruelty laws.
Five months after a petition was started in Queen Waldorf’s honour, 8,600 signatures have been collected from Canadians calling on Ottawa to give penalties for animal abuse some teeth.

Queen Waldorf has since made a strong recovery and was adopted by Claudia Belson of St. Catharines. Her former owner was charged with causing unnecessary suffering to an animal by failing to provide veterinary treatment, failing to provide suitable and adequate care for an animal and abandoning an animal in distress.
“She puts a face to the suffering,” petition organizer Sherry Nath said about the dog. Suffering that Nath, a psychiatric nurse from Stoney Creek, said often doesn’t stop with animals. Animal abuse, she explained, can be a warning sign of more severe criminal behaviour to come in abusers. “Everyone knows by now there’s a human link,” Nath said. “It’s been well-documented for many years. It’s quite surprising Canada is so progressive a country and yet we have these laws (that are lax).”

Nath said Canada’s animal cruelty laws were first drafted in 1892 and have remained virtually unchanged since.
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Dog found abandoned with weights tied to collar
Welland, ON (CA)

Incident Date: Saturday, Apr 7, 2007
Disposition: Alleged

A dog found along the Chippawa Creek with two dumbbells tied around its neck has a new lease on life.

The Niagara Falls Humane Society has been flooded with calls from residents wanting to help care for the animal, since learning of its plight. Many people are offering financial help, while others want to give the elderly dog a new home.
Shelter staff have nicknamed the dog Queen Waldorf, as she was found last weekend near the King Waldorf Tent and Trailer Park.
Officials at the animal shelter continue to investigate the incident to determine if someone had weighted down the dog in an attempt to drown it.
After the dog was spotted by a passerby and brought to the shelter by Humane Society staff, it cowered in its cage, ears drooping.
“We are hoping that someone will recognize this dog and contact the shelter,” said Don Horvath, an inspector with the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

“Somebody out there knows this dog. If you recognize her, please contact us as soon as possible.”

The shelter will post updates on its website about Queen Waldorf’s progress and when she will be available for adoption.
“We will then begin taking applications to determine the best home for her,” Horvath said.

The dog was spotted last Saturday afternoon by two people riding ATVs along the Chippawa Parkway. Two dumbbells, weighing a total of 2.25 kilograms, were tied to a rope that was tied to the dog’s collar.
The collar was so tight, all the hair from around her neck was gone. Horvath said the dog has numerous health issues and is now under the care of a veterinarian.


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