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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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 could go extinct unless we act now. Australia's economy depends on tourism -- sign this petition to let them know that until they start protecting the koala, you refuse to visit the country! 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. Australia is in desperate need of a conservation plan that will save the koalas and their land. But the government wants to wait until June 2018 to complete the plan – and then wait another 90 days for comments. The koalas simply do not have that long. Australia must come up with a conservation plan at once, and then implement that plan as soon as possible. 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!
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!
Support a Ban on Whale Captivity in Canada!!
Captive marine animals in Canada need your help. An investigation by Last Chance for Animals exposed disturbingly inadequate treatment, housing and care of marine mammals at Marineland, Canada, the world's largest confiner of beluga whales. Last summer, Gia, one of the whales LCA documented, died after being undernourished, emaciated and isolated. No animal should be forced to live or die this way. With your help, we can ensure no other captive marine animals suffer the same fate. Bill S-203, also known as the Ending the Captivity of Whales and Dolphins Act, is on the table in Canada’s Parliament but continues to be delayed by conservative senators who are more concerned with protecting corporate profits than the health and well-being of captive marine animals. Sign this petition today to show your support for bringing the critically important S-203 bill to a vote. WHAT IS BILL S-203?The Ending the Captivity of Whales and Dolphins Act aims to criminalize the ownership and breeding of cetaceans (whales, dolphins, and porpoises) in captivity. The bill would prohibit marine parks, aquariums and others from using captive cetaceans for the purpose of performance, entertainment and profit. S-203 also amends the Fisheries Act to prohibit the taking of a cetacean into captivity and the Wild Animal and Plant Protection and Regulation of International and Interprovincial Trade Act to prohibit the import of a cetacean into Canada and the export of a cetacean from Canada. Punishments for the violation of this bill would include imprisonment and/or fines. The bill was first introduced in December 2015 by Senator Wilfred Moore, who was inspired after seeing the documentary "Blackfish." Manitoba Senator Murray Sinclair took over sponsorship of the bill in January 2017, when Moore retired. Green Party leader Elizabeth May will sponsor S-203 in the House of Commons. On May 29th, 2018, the third-reading of the bill began in the Senate. The full text of Bill S-203, and updates on its progress are available here. WHERE CAN I LEARN MORE?Click here for more information about LCA’s Marineland Investigation and Bill S-203. HOW ELSE CAN I HELP?After you’ve signed this petition, please consider taking the following actions: Share this petition with friends and family on social media and encourage them to sign it. Don’t visit marine parks or aquariums that profit from keeping wild animals captive. Write to your local marine park or aquarium and ask them to stop capturing wild animals. Educate others about the cruelty of marine parks. Visit www.lcanimal.org for more tips and resources