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Animal Cruelty Petition 2009

Here is what Melissa from WSPA has to say in her e-mail to all those who care about animals:

Firstly, I’d like to thank you for everything you are doing. I’m sure you rarely receive the recognition you deserve and the speed of progress in this cause is rarely as fast as we would like. This makes volunteer advocates like you especially worthy of admiration and appreciation. You certainly have mine.

Secondly, I want to let you know that the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) supports your efforts. Here are a few things that we are doing to help achieve stronger legislation:

Animal Cruelty Crimes are still going unpunished in Canada

We’ve just compiled a list of recent animal cruelty cases that prove why further amendments to the Criminal Code are needed. Read it here: http://www.wspa.ca/animalcruelty/Canadian-Animal-Cruelty-Cases-2008-2009.pdf.
This review received considerable media attention through a Canadian Press article that appeared in newspapers across the country over the Easter long weekend. Here’s a link to the full version of the article: http://thechronicleherald.ca/Canada/1116276.html.
Please keep us informed if you hear of another animal cruelty case that goes unpunished. We’ll help make sure the media and MPs know about it.

Petition to the House of Commons

We’ve created a petition which you can download here: http://www.wspa.ca/news.asp?newsID=225 . Feel free to use it. I’ve attached a word version so you can replace WSPA’s name and address at the bottom with information about your organization but please keep us posted on how many signatures you have collected.

Petition Strategy

When we receive the signed petitions in our office, we count and sort them according to political ridings. We then ask the MPs who represent those ridings to formally introduce the petitions in the House of Commons on behalf of their constituents. It’s amazing how differently MPs respond to the issue when they know how many of their potential voters support an issue! We also try to meet with as many of these MPs as we can to properly brief them on our concerns. We highly encourage you to adopt this strategy or send the signed petitions to our office and we’ll do the work.

Other Petitions

If you are using a different petition that’s great too but we’d like to discuss whether we should incorporate all of our ideas and all use the same version. WSPA supports Mark Holland’s private members bill but we decided not to mention it because it dates the petition. For example: Bill C-373 no longer exists so it is no longer relevant to submit petitions asking Parliament to pass it. While Mark Holland has re-introduced the bill, it’s now called C-229 and it is not scheduled for debate any time soon. Ideally we would like to encourage another MP who has the ability to bring forward a bill sooner to introduce a similar bill (particularly an MP from the governing party). So instead of referencing a specific bill, we think it’s better to describe why stronger legislation is necessary.

Write to the Minister of Justice

WSPA has also created an online action centre at http://www.wspa.ca/actnow to generate more letters to the Minister of Justice, Rob Nicholson. More than 4500 letters have been sent in just a week! So please help us maintain pressure on the Minister! He could ultimately introduce a government bill similar to bill C-229 (and all the good bills before it) and it would have a better chance of passing in the House of Commons. And if you know people who live in the Minister’s riding of Niagara Falls – we particularly need their help.

We would really appreciate your help in maintaining momentum on this issue. Please keep us posted of your activities. We’re happy to support your efforts in any way that we can.

I hope we can all help together or at the very least keep in touch with one another about what we are doing. If we can support each other’s work, we will be much more effective.

I’ve copied Barbara Cartwright, IFAW’s Campaign Manager and Shelagh MacDonald, CFHS’s Program Director on this email as I know we’d all benefit greatly from their suggestions on how to move this campaign forward. IFAW and CFHS have been leading the campaign to modernize Canada’s animal cruelty legislation since the first bill to update the law was introduced 10 years ago.

Thanks for all you are doing. Keep it up!

For the animals,
Melissa

Melissa Tkachyk, B.Env.Sc, M.E.S.
Programs Officer
WSPA Canada
World Society for the Protection of Animals
90 Eglinton Avenue East, Suite 960
Toronto, ON M4P 2Y3
p: (416) 369-0044 x108
f: (416) 369-0147
tf: 1-800-363-9772

WSPA, the World Society for the Protection of Animals works internationally to improve the welfare of animals and end cruelty towards them. To find out more about our work log on to: www.wspa.ca

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Harb Seal Bill


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.

TAKE ACTION
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.

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Latest Updates

PETITION UPDATE FROM PAULA JAMES
http://queenwaldorf.org/petition-update
VOTE FOR ANIMALS
http://www.wspa.ca/voteforanimals/index.html

http://www.wspa.ca/voteforanimals/survey.html

UPDATE:
Ex-owner fined in Queen Waldorf abuse case
– Niagara Falls Review – Ontario, CA – February 21, 2009
UPDATE:
Queen Waldorf case in court today
– Niagara Falls Review – Ontario, CA – February 20, 2009
UPDATE:
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.

(Source http://www.pet-abuse.com/cases/11262/ON/CA/)

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Help stop the Seal slaughter

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Canadian Animal Abuse Database

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Permission to use photos of Queen Waldorf provided by Niagara Falls Humane Society


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Falling Behind:
An international comparison of Canada's
Animal Cruelty Legislation

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Permission to post cruelty report given by IFAW