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Petitioning Canmore Town Council Mayor John Borrowman and 8 others
This petition will be delivered to:
Canmore Town Council
Mayor John Borrowman
Canmore Town Council
Councillor Sean Krausert
Canmore Town Council
Councillor Vi Sandford
Tourism Canmore
tourism bureau
Canmore Town Office
Canmore Town Office
Canmore Town Council
Councillor Hans Helder
Canmore Town Council
Councillor Jim Ridley
Canmore Town Council
Councillor Joanna McCallum
Canmore Town Council
Councillor Gordie Miskow (Canmore Town Council)

End the Slaughter of Pet Rabbits in Canmore

End the Slaughter of Pet Rabbits in Canmore

Despite international objection and offers from several groups to fund the rescue of these pet rabbits, the town council in Canmore, Alberta, Canada, has began gassing hundreds of them. They have rejected offers and assistance to relocate the rabbits to temporary holding areas whilst the paperwork, space and other details for the rescues are being arranged.

Not only have they refused to allow the animals to be rescued they have also made it extremely difficult for the rescuers by insisting on over pedantic and unnecessary criteria and permits for each rabbit rescued. It is very clear that they have intentionally set out to frustrate all efforts to save the animals.

The gassing method used to kill the rabbits is extremely cruel and is banned in many American states. It can take up to half an hour for an animal to die from being gassed, and some animals don’t die on the first attempt. Many people think that the reason that the council refuses to let people rescue the animals and the reason that they are not being euthanized by injection is because the council is letting the contractor sell the meat and pelts and that a deal had been made before anyone even had the chance to object. This would explain why officials have made quick decisions without even considering peoples views or the welfare of the animals, it would also explain why they have turned down all offers to save the rabbits.
These animals need assistance not brutality. These unfortunate pets were dumped on the street by neglectful owners and left there to fend for themselves. It is extremely irresponsible to have caused the problem in the first place and then to try and brush it under the carpet ready for the tourist season. People need to know about this so that they can choose to boycott the town for its irresponsible and cruel behaviour. Such violence is not a justified response to the situation and using lethal methods to control animal populations never effectively eliminates the problem anyway. Trap, neuter, release is more effective than the lethal measures and is cheaper and the results will be faster but the council refuses to do it and is wasting time and money to inhumanely kill the pet rabbits.

This reflects very badly on the global reputation of the town. It is a very disturbing message that they are teaching their children and citizens - that violence against the vulnerable and weak is acceptable, that its fine to needlessly kill animals for petty reasons, that animal cruelty is acceptable, and that pets are disposable?!

This issue has the potential to seriously affect tourism in the area.

People will not want to visit a town known only for its brutality and shameful behaviour.

We the undersigned urge that the pet rabbits are handed over to rescue organisations or taken to temporary holding areas to await placement in rescues if rescues are not immediately available.
Meanwhile the most effective measure to be taken is to trap, neuter and release the animals, local vets and rescues have offered their services free or at cut price so there is no excuse to favour needless barbarism over effective and ethical methods.
We the undersigned pledge to boycott Canmore until they can behave in a more evolved and civilised manner.


Letter to
Canmore Town Council Mayor John Borrowman
Canmore Town Council Councillor Sean Krausert
Canmore Town Council Councillor Vi Sandford
and 6 others
Tourism Canmore tourism bureau
Canmore Town Office Canmore Town Office
Canmore Town Council Councillor Hans Helder
Canmore Town Council Councillor Jim Ridley
Canmore Town Council Councillor Joanna McCallum
Canmore Town Council Councillor Gordie Miskow (Canmore Town Council)
It has come to my attention that The town council of Canmore is needlessly killing hundreds of pet rabbits.

I object strongly to these innocent pet animals being killed. They are there because of neglectful owners and are being murdered because officials are too short sighted to even consider how the situation should be handled. Officials have made quick decisions without even considering alternatives or the welfare of the animals, and rabbit rescue and welfare groups have not even been consulted on the matter.

I will definitely take part in the campaign exposing this cruelty and will spread the information far and wide.
I also refuse to ever visit Canmore again if they engage in such thoughtless and atrocious behaviour towards pet animals.

The majority of the residents of Canmore don’t want the rabbits harmed so why have the town officials gone against public opinion and global outcry against pets being killed in Canmore?

Vast amounts of public funds would be wasted on killing the rabbits where it would be far cheaper, ethical and effective to hand over the situation to the rescue organisations who have stated that they will trap, neuter and re-home the rabbits. Groups have offered to fund the rescues and temporary holding areas, and vets have offered their services free.
Time and assistance should be given to the rescue groups so that they can remove the rabbits, then everyone will be happy with the outcome. We urge that the pet rabbits are handed over to rescue organisations or taken to temporary holding areas to await placement in rescues if rescues are not immediately available.

This reflects very badly on the global reputation of the town. It is a very disturbing message that they are teaching their children and citizens - that violence against the vulnerable and weak is acceptable, that its fine to needlessly kill animals for petty reasons, that animal cruelty is acceptable, and that pets are disposable.
This issue has the potential to seriously affect tourism in the area.
People will not want to visit a town known only for its brutality and shameful behaviour.

Thankyou for your time on this issue and I hope that you will do the right thing and ensure that these pets are neutered and spayed and found homes, and that meanwhile no harm comes to them.

Many thanks,