The Canadian Government Must Provide Adequate Funding For Animal Rescue Organizations in Remote Regions of Northern Canada
  • Petitioned Honourable Stephen Harper

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Prime Minister of Canada
Honourable Stephen Harper
Justice Minister & Attorney General of Canada
Honourable Robert Nicholson
Finance Minister of Canada
Honourable Jim Flaherty
Minister of Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada
Honourable Gerry Ritz

The Canadian Government Must Provide Adequate Funding For Animal Rescue Organizations in Remote Regions of Northern Canada

    1. L.A Bowden Leonard
    2. Petition by

      L.A Bowden Leonard

      Halifax, Canada

The importance of this issue goes without saying, changes are needed and funding for animal rescue is critical. In remote northern regions in Canada, the population is too sparse to support Animal Rescue programs such as spay/neuter clinics. More often than not, veterinarian facilities are a luxury not a standard in remote regions. Regretfully, communities that have no other means to control overpopulation issues unfortunately carry out 'Dog Culls' on a regular basis. A very non humane alternative in Canada which can cause a rift not only within communities but throughout the rest of Canada as well as most lack the understanding as to the direct needs of those within remote regions. 

Northern Communities within Provinces such as North West Territories, Nunavut, the Yukon, Manitoba, Labrador, Saskatchewan, Quebec, Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia are often plagued with many animals suffering with disease, starvation and injury. in Norway House, Manitoba daily they take in stray, abused, neglected, injured and abandoned dogs wandering terrain maimed, alone and starving. In Saskatchewan they face impending sustained 'Dog Shoots' where strays are rounded up and killed. Having to take a rifle out and kill animals simply because they are overpopulated speaks to the need for Government funding. The mental, emotional and psychological stress of the communities, the Animal Rescues, the general public but also the animals is daunting ancoconuts easily be rectified with monetary assistance. No one in any community enjoys having to shoot an animal just because, it is regretfully the only means people have to try to alleviate over population of dogs in their region. 

This should not be acceptable by Canadian standards, we proclaim to hold the highest standards with our Humanitarian efforts yet these daily abuses go unnoticed, non funded and dismissed by our Canadian Government.

As a citizen of Canada and having received correspondence from you previously in regards to Labrador I am imploring that the Federal Government allocate generous sustained funding to Northern Canadian Animal Rescues.

Having adopted three beautiful dogs from Labrador and knowing the painstaking process by which they are rescued, fostered, transported and adopted out, I can not accept that there is nothing the Federal Government can do to ease their humanitarian efforts. Those who volunteer their time, effort, safety in order to rescue animals in Northern Canadian Communities deserve better. They deal with daily abandonment, neglect, abused and stray populations of animals and I do not know how they manage to do what they do with next to nothing.

It is our duty as Canadians to help any living, breathing being in need. We are known throughout the World for our leadership, compassion, kindness and acceptance of any and all. You must set a standard for other Countries to adhere to with Animal Welfare and Protection and help those who can not help themselves.

Prove to the World that Canada does not tolerate Animal Abuse, Neglect, Abandonment. Assist those who save the lives of these animals with the funding and resources they need and be proud that you have made a difference when no one else could!

L.A. Bowden Leonard

To:
Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada
Honourable Robert Nicholson, Justice Minister & Attorney General of Canada
Honourable Jim Flaherty, Finance Minister of Canada
Honourable Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada
Provide Adequate Funding to Animal Rescue Organizations in Remote Northern Canada Regions

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    1. Reached 1,000 signatures
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      L.A Bowden Leonard
      Petition Organizer
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      L.A Bowden Leonard
      Petition Organizer
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      L.A Bowden Leonard
      Petition Organizer
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      L.A Bowden Leonard
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    6. Dog Shoot scheduled for September 16th-2013 Saskatchewan

      L.A Bowden Leonard
      Petition Organizer
      The Dog Shoot: Stray Rescue Dogs of Deschambault Lake Reserve Saskatchewan, Canada To Be Extracted

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    7. Operation Rescue 2013 to save 40 Dogs from Stray Dog Shoot in Saskatchewan

      L.A Bowden Leonard
      Petition Organizer
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    8. Reached 750 signatures
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      L.A Bowden Leonard
      Petition Organizer
      FDX ALPA NC Daily

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    10. Another Dog Cull due to a Child being Maulled

      L.A Bowden Leonard
      Petition Organizer
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      L.A Bowden Leonard
      Petition Organizer
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    12. Reached 500 signatures
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      L.A Bowden Leonard
      Petition Organizer
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    14. Graphic Dog Cull images from Manitoba

      L.A Bowden Leonard
      Petition Organizer
      Groups call for end to dog shoots

      A dog rescue group and Pawtipsters are calling on the province and First Nations leaders to end the practice of dog culls.

    15. CBC Manitobe Covers Manitoba Dog Cull April 2013

      L.A Bowden Leonard
      Petition Organizer
      Woman calls for ban on First Nation dog culls - Manitoba - CBC News

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    16. Reached 250 signatures
    17. MacLeans Magazine Article

      L.A Bowden Leonard
      Petition Organizer
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    19. Morning Greeting in Natuashish Labrador

      L.A Bowden Leonard
      Petition Organizer

      http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=vyGPZdJV76Y

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      Morning greeting

      Uploaded by Arthur Miller on 2013-02-26.

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    • Kathryn Hamilton WALDEN, NY
      • 8 months ago

      I believe 'Dog Culls' to be a very non humane alternative in Canada and worldwide.

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    • Leslene Dunn CLAREMONT, SOUTH AFRICA
      • 9 months ago

      It is their bloody duty!

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      • 9 months ago

      Please do not fail these poor, suffering, helpless, defenceless, innocent, voiceless animals - victims of humanity's brutal inhumanity to animals.

      Society demands that these stray suffering animals be treated with care, kindness, love & respect - they must not be abandoned to fate or slaughtered. Our governments simply must come to their aid now.

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    • Adrian Freeman TORONTO, CANADA
      • 9 months ago

      Compassion and respect for our fellow animals, please

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    • Elisa Rico TORONTO, CANADA
      • 9 months ago

      All these animals are Canadian citizens too.

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