Last Chance for Animals
Last Chance for Animals (LCA) is an interational, non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating animal exploitation through education, investigations, legislation, and media attention. LCA believes animals are highly sentient creatures who exist for their own reasons independent of their service to humans; they should not be made to suffer for the latter. LCA therefore opposes the use of animals in food and clothing production, scientific experimentation, and entertainment and promotes a cruelty-free lifestyle and the ascription of rights to non-human beings.
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Ban live markets and wildlife trade to prevent another pandemic
With COVID-19 ravaging the world, people are desperate to understand what caused the outbreak so we can prevent it from happening again. The leading theory is that the novel coronavirus first crossed over to humans from wild animals being killed and sold at a live animal market in Wuhan, China. These animal-borne illnesses are known as Zoonotic diseases, and the CDC claims “3 out of every 4 new or emerging infectious diseases in people come from animals.” These diseases result from the intersection of two dangerous practices: wildlife consumption and live animal markets. In live markets, animals are kept alongside a wide variety of species in cruel conditions that keep them weak and vulnerable to illnesses.This allows viruses and bacteria to evolve and spread between species and eventually infect humans. This problem is exacerbated when the animals being sold are a wild species and don’t often interact with humans. On Feb 10th, more than 200 organizations and individuals issued an open letter to the WHO, UN, and OIE, urging global action to close live wildlife markets and wildlife trade, noting also the practice’s major contribution to the global decline in wildlife and biodiversity. Nothing has been done. On April 8th, US Senator Cory Booker spearheaded a letter with over 60 other bipartisan lawmakers urging the WHO to condemn these markets. Nothing has been done. Live animal markets, wherever they are in the world, contain stressed, sick animals caged in close proximity, in a practice that offers the ideal breeding ground for deadly pathogens. Intolerably cruel conditions aside, these markets present a global health risk of which we’re starting to see the consequences. As long as these markets are operating and people are consuming wild animals, we are at risk for another, possibly worse, pandemic. Please take action and urge the World Health Organization, United Nations, and the World Organization for Animal Health to protect our most vulnerable and call for an international ban on live animal markets and wildlife consumption.
STOP Ontario Ag-Gag Bill 156!
The Ontario Government is trying to pass freedom-crushing legislation that would make it a crime to expose animal abuse! Introduced on 12/2/19 by the Hon. Ernie Hardeman, Bill 156 seeks to limit access to farms, slaughterhouses, and transport trucks and would make it a crime to uncover and report the truth about how farm animals are treated. Undercover footage routinely shows farm animals subjected to abuse and neglect. However, instead of imposing welfare standards or ensuring the proper treatment of farm animals, the Government is looking to conceal animal cruelty by preventing whistleblowers and journalists from reporting animal cruelty and neglect. It's a moral obligation to report any crimes of cruelty and neglect! If passed, Bill 156 will severely undermine Ontario's animal welfare laws and will allow companies and individuals to "continue business as usual." Urge the Premier of Ontario Doug Ford, the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Ernie Hardeman, and MPPs Jeff Yurek, Sylvia Jones, Doug Downey, Randy Pettapiece, Toby Barrett, John Vanthof, and Sarah Singh to OPPOSE Bill 156!
Stop Marineland from exporting belugas whales to the United States!
In June 2019, Canada passed Bill S-203: Ending the Captivity of Whales and Dolphins Act, which outlawed the keeping, breeding, and capture of cetaceans. Marineland is trying to get around the new law and has applied for an export permit to send five, captive-born beluga whales to the Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut, where the whales will be used for "research" purposes and still be forced to live a life in captivity. Mystic Aquarium has reported their intention to allow the whales to breed and has also requested an import permit from the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), informally known as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), in order to bring the whales into the United States. The Canadian Parliament's passage of Bill S-203 (Ending the Captivity of Whales and Dolphins Act) was a monumental win for animal welfare and for marine mammals in captivity. Marineland's attempts to export these whales greatly contributes to the animal welfare issues Bill S-203 was enacted to stop. Whales are highly complex, intelligent, and social beings that roam vast distances in the ocean. Scientific evidence shows that keeping them in display tanks causes them undue suffering and is unjustifiably cruel. Please demand the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Honourable Bernadette Jordan to DENY the respective import and export permits.
Ban cruel chuckwagon races in Calgary
On July 14, 2019, three horses were euthanized after sustaining serious injuries during the final night of chuckwagon races at the Calgary Stampede's Rangeland Derby. In total, six horses were killed—making this year's 10-day event the deadliest in almost a decade. Rodeos and rodeo-type activities, including bull riding, steer wrestling, tie-down roping, and chuckwagon racing, are exhibitions of animal cruelty that are sanctioned in the guise of competition. The animals used in these events suffer egregious psychological and physical traumas like broken limbs, cardiac arrest, crushed tracheas, and more. The people involved in rodeos and rodeo-type activities suffer serious injuries as well. A study out of the University of Calgary found rodeo contestants are 20 times more likely to suffer catastrophic injuries than football players. The Calgary Stampede has the opportunity to evolve and be a cruelty-free, family celebration sans animal exploitation. Last Chance for Animals vehemently condemns all rodeos and, with the latest conclusion to the Calgary Stampede resulting in the deaths of six horses, is calling for an end to this barbaric "sport". LCA urges the City of Calgary to prohibit the use of animals in rodeos and rodeo-type activities like Rangeland Derby's archaic chuckwagon races in the city of Calgary.
Ban rodeos and rodeo-type activities in the city of Los Angeles
Rodeos and rodeo-type activities, such as bull riding, are exhibitions of animal cruelty that are sanctioned in the guise of competition. Due to events like bull riding, wrestling, calf roping, and steer tailing, calves, steers, bulls, horses, and other animals suffer horrific psychological and physical traumas including broken limbs, cardiac arrest, punctured lungs, torn ligaments, ruptured organs, broken necks, crushed tracheas, and more. Rodeos and rodeo-type activities also employ the use of tools of torment in order to encourage bucking, aggressiveness, and overall “wild” behavior of animals that are generally docile. Spurs, flank straps, 5,000-volt electric prods, and even anabolic steroids are routinely used to enrage the animals. The people involved in rodeos and rodeo-type activities suffer serious injuries as well. A study out of the University of Calgary found rodeo contestants are 20 times more likely to suffer catastrophic injuries than football players. A growing number of jurisdictions already have rodeo prohibitions or restrictions in place. These include Fort Wayne, IN; Pittsburgh, PA; Southhampton, NY; Pasadena, CA; and Chino Hills, CA. Outside of the United States, Auckland, New Zealand, part of Brazil, Quebec, Canada, and the entire United Kingdom have instituted rodeo bans. The city of Los Angeles has become a national leader in protecting the rights and welfare of animals as can be seen with their recent fur ban. Rodeos and rodeo-type activities are clearly dangerous for animals and humans alike. LCA urges the LA City Council to prohibit the staging of rodeos and rodeo-type activities in the city of Los Angeles.
Urge Canadian House of Commons to Establish Universal Standards for Animals on Fur Farms
Nearly three million animals are bred annually in Canada to be used in that country's massive fur trade. But, there are no federal laws nor regulatory bodies empowered to hold the industry accountable to a single set of standards for the care of fur-bearing animals. An investigation by Last Chance for Animals (LCA) at Millbank Fur Farm in Ontario, Canada, which was conducted over the course of a year, revealed horrific conditions for farmed mink. Appallingly, there are few laws or regulations that govern fur farming to protect animals throughout Canada. In many provinces, there are only voluntary standards, with little to no penalty for those that fail to meet them. The footage captured in LCA’s investigation revealed numerous incidents of animal suffering and neglect among the 40,000 mink that live, and die, at Millbank Fur Farm annually. In addition to clear incidents of animal suffering, the evidence collected in the investigation shows animals with open, untreated wounds and infections, and documents a lack of adequate and sanitary mink shelters, and food. During the course of the investigation, LCA’s investigator never saw a veterinarian on site. LCA submitted a complaint to the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) which led to Millbank being charged with 14 counts of animal cruelty on May 11, 2018. Ontario’s limited regulations for animal welfare in fur farming are so weak that the vast majority of problems documented in LCA’s investigation were insufficient to warrant charges. In some provinces, enforceable standards don’t exist at all. As a result, we are urging the Government of Canada to create universal standards for animals on fur farm and urge it to strengthen our laws to include the following standards: Proper veterinary attention provided within a reasonable time frame. Fur farms accessible for unannounced inspections by SPCA inspectors. A humane method of euthanasia that meets the SPCA codes with professionally trained staff. Cages need to allow for group housing and provide room for the animals to move freely, have access to a smooth, flat surface and provide a nesting area that is accessible at all times. SPCA Officers given authority to charge fur farmers with failure to meet universal standards. We urge the Government of Canada to establish universal standards for the farming of fur-bearing animals. Note: LCA is an abolitionist organization and only promotes measures to regulate or reform industries only when those changes will alleviate suffering and make progress towards eliminating animal exploitation.
Save the Koalas From Extinction!
Australia's koalas are in danger, and urgently need your help. The iconic animals have suffered devastating population decline due to human development and are now being threatened by the country's raging wildfires. As a result, they could go extinct unless we act now. Australia's economy depends on tourism—sign this petition to let them know that you refuse to visit the country until they start protecting the koala! While millions of koalas used to roam in the wild, their populations have plummeted by as much as 95% since the 1990s, with as few as 43,000 remaining. Koalas only live in Australia, and rely on eucalyptus trees to survive. But the eucalyptus trees—the koalas’ only food source—are being destroyed at an alarming rate. Shortsightedly placing profit above all else, developers have decimated the koalas' natural habitat. Loss of habitat makes koalas climb to the nearest high area, even if no trees are around. They may end up in people’s backyards or other unnatural places, and risk being run over on roads and highways. Habitat loss also leads to encounters with cattle, which is very dangerous for the koalas. Tragically, the Australian government is failing to protect the koala. LCA is working with Australians for Animals to put the pressure on Australia’s government to take swift action. Sign the petition to tell Australia’s tourism boards that you refuse to visit the country until a koala conservation plan is enacted. We cannot let the koalas go extinct!
Cruauté dans un laboratoire de recherche de Montréal. Que justice soit faite pour Grace.
En mars 2017, Last Chance for Animals (LCA) a dévoilé des images tournées à l’intérieur d’une entreprise de recherche contractuelle de la région de Montréal. Un enquêteur de LCA a travaillé chez International Toxicology Reseach Canada (ITR) à Baie-d’Urfé, dans la région de Montréal pendant plus de quatre mois en 2016. Il a filmé de nombreuses infractions aux lois provinciales de protection des animaux. L’investigation de LCA montre le cas d’une jeune macaque, Grace, tournant sans cesse dans sa cage et ayant une grande plaque sans poil, deux signes de stress sévère causés par le confinement et l’absence de socialisation avec les autres animaux. Lorsque l’enquêteur de LCA a montré ces symptômes à un employé d’ITR responsable des soins quotidiens aux animaux, l’entreprise a avisé ses techniciens de ne pas noter la perte de poils ou d’autres comportements répétitifs dans les carnets de santé. Les lignes directrices d’évaluation quotidienne des animaux de laboratoire demandent pourtant à ce que les indicateurs de comportement et de bien-être soient mesurés. Grace était traitée comme n’importe quel instrument de laboratoire. Mais ce n’est pas le cas! C’est un jeune animal qui sera gardé en vie pendant des années, voir des décennies. Son corps sera utilisé étude après étude, et elle va souffrir des effets des produits toxiques qu’on la force à ingérer, de l’isolation, de la peur et du stress constant d’une vie dans un laboratoire. Aucun animal ne mérite ce traitement. Nos enquêteurs ont vu des animaux être jetés et violemment et frappés pendant les procédures et la manipulation de routine. Ils ont aussi pu observer des animaux présentant des plaies ouvertes et des infections pas traitées ou traitées inadéquatement. Les gestes ont souvent été posés devant les superviseurs qui n’ont pris aucune mesure pour empêcher d’autres abus ou pour corriger la situation de négligence systématique des animaux. LCA a transmis les éléments de preuves et déposé des plaintes officielles auprès du ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation (MAPAQ), du ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs (MFFP) et du Ministère de l’Énergie et des Ressources naturelles (MERN). LCA demande que les lois soient appliquées dans les cas suivants: Des animaux jetés, frappés, suspendus par les oreilles ou les membres. Les coups étaient si forts qu’ils peuvent être entendus sur l’enregistrement ; Des plaies et les infections non traitées ou mal traitées ; Des animaux soumis à des procédures douloureuses et angoissantes à la vue d’autres animaux ; Des beagles et des macaques à qui on refuse toute possibilité de socialisation avec les humains ou d’autres animaux, et qui n’ont accès à aucune forme exercice, dans certains cas pendant une étude de neuf mois (à la fin de laquelle les animaux sont tués) ; Des macaques qui n’ont pas accès à de l’eau potable en quantité suffisante ; Des techniciens qui ont reçu l’ordre de ne pas prendre note de la perte de poils chez les macaques, même si cette perte de poils était la conséquence de comportements répétitifs développés par le stress d’être confiné dans un logement inapproprié, et même si les lignes directrices pour l’évaluation quotidienne des animaux dans les laboratoires exigent que les indicateurs de bien-être soient mesurés ; Un logement inadéquat où les animaux étaient confinés sans literie appropriée ou une zone sèche et plate pour se reposer. Les animaux étaient exposés à de forts bruits et à des niveaux nocifs de gaz causés l’accumulation d’urine et de matières fécales derrière les cages. Les animaux risquent également d’être pris dans le grillage de leurs cages ; Des beagles incapables de se retourner complètement parce qu’ils sont constamment attachés avec un cathéter inséré entre leurs omoplates ; Un cas anecdotique d’un singe macaque laissé sans surveillance pendant qu’il est restreint dans un dispositif d’inhalation pour ensuite suffoquer jusqu’à la mort. Exigez que la justice soit faite pour Grace et pour tous les autres animaux observés pendant l’enquête de LCA.
Demand Justice for Grace, Victim of Cruel Research Lab
For four months in 2016, a Last Chance for Animals (LCA) investigator worked at International Toxicology Research Canada (ITR), located in Baie d’Urfe, Quebec (a suburb of Montreal), and documented numerous violations of provincial regulations covering the humane treatment of animals. One of these victims was Grace, a young macaque monkey who turned in endless circles in her cage. and had patches of fur missing from her skin, both signs of severe stress caused by confinement and a lack of any stimulation or socialization with other animals. When LCA’s investigator pointed these symptoms out to an ITR employee responsible for the animal’s’ daily care, they were instructed not to record Grace’s condition, blatantly disregarding guidelines for the daily assessment of animals in laboratories, which require the measuring of behavioral well-being indicators. Grace was treated as nothing more than another piece of lab equipment -- but she isn’t. She is a young animal who will be kept alive for years, maybe even decades, her body used in study after study as she suffers the painful effects of the toxins that she is forced to consume, and the isolation, fear, and constant stress that life in a laboratory will mean for her. No animal deserves this treatment. Sadly, Grace was just one of many victims at ITR. LCA’s investigation also reveals: • Animals thrown, slammed, suspended by their ears or limbs, and struck in the face • Animals subject to painful and distressing procedures in full view of other animals (in violation of Canada Council on Animal Care guidelines) • Beagles and macaques denied any chance of socialization with humans or other animals, and further denied any opportunity to exercise, in some instances for the duration of a nine-month study (at the end of which the animals were killed) • Inadequate housing with no appropriate areas to rest, in which animals were exposed to constant loud noises and harmful levels of gasses due to the build-up of urine and feces behind the animals’ cages; and where animals risked being caught in the wire grilling of their cages • An anecdotal instance of a macaque monkey left unsupervised while restrained in an inhalation device, and subsequently suffocating to death These abuses often happened in full view of supervisors, who made no effort to prevent further abuse or to correct systematic neglect of the animals. LCA has submitted evidence in official complaints to Le ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation (MAPAQ), Le ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs (MFFP), Ministère de l'Énergie et des Ressources naturelles (MERN) and is demanding enforcement for: Demand justice for Grace and for all of the animals documented during LCA’s investigation. Sign to urge authorities to prosecute ITR and all individuals responsible for this horrific abuse!
OSPCA: Push for Lifetime Ban on Marineland, Canada from Owning ANY Animals!
Following an investigation by Last Chance for Animals, the OSPCA has charged Marineland, Canada with 11 counts of animal cruelty. The maximum possible penalty includes a lifetime ban on owning animals for Marineland's board of directors. Sign now to urge the OSPCA to push for this ban! This is LCA’s second investigation of animal cruelty at Marineland, and it is crystal clear that animals have no place at this deplorable theme park. The evidence gathered by LCA reveals numerous instances of improper care and mistreatment of their land animals, including: The discovery of multiple dead animals—including deer, fowl and bison—on a daily basis. The dead bodies are stored in an onsite freezer before they are buried in Marineland’s mass grave Animals with severely infected eyes receiving no medical treatment Countless fallow deer limping from undiagnosed injuries Hundreds of fallow deer warehoused on a barren lot hidden from public view, with inadequate access to shade A fallow deer fawn left to die in the hot sun; after being discovered with a hole in its abdomen, the Marineland supervisor said that they would pick up the deer the next day, after it had died Male pheasants being injured and killed because of aggressive flock mates Bears, whose diet included moldy produce and fly-infested fish, suffering from chronic diarrhea As seen in these findings and in the findings of LCA’s previous investigation of marine mammals, Marineland consistently fails to take proper care of its captive animals. The OSPCA must do the right thing and request the maximum penalty if Marineland is convicted; a ban on owning ANY animals!