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Petition to Amy McQuaid-England, Rick Kerr, John Henry

Animal Rescues in Oshawa urgently need your help

The city of Oshawa's "Responsible Pet Owners Bylaw" uploads/16/ ResponsiblePetOwners14-2010. pdf does not currently provide any support or exemption for volunteer rescue organizations who use foster homes to support and rehabilitate dogs & cats in need.  Currently, the bylaw allows 3 dogs &/or 6 cats at any given time in one dwelling. In relation to animal rescue, this arbitrary limit has three significant implications.  First, it is a love of animals that leads people to volunteer and foster.  This dedication often develops from their love of their own animals, meaning that many volunteer foster families end up over the legal limit of 3 dogs &/or 6 cats.  These volunteers only want to support animals and do not set out to defy the law.  However, without an exemption to support foster families, these dedicated volunteers find themselves at odds with the city bylaws.  Second, many of the animals taken in by rescues have been poorly treated prior to coming into the rescue - many have been physically abused or neglected.  A shelter is a loud & scary place for any animal but it is especially traumatic for those who have already been abused and are fearful.  The place to rehabilitate these animals is in the home setting with other stable animals offering friendship and support to the traumatized animal.  Third, limiting the number of animals in foster care with volunteer organizations increases the number of animals in already over-crowded city funded shelters, further limiting available space for strays & other animals in need.  Additionally, by comparison, shelters are very expensive (cost of the building, heat, light, staffing...).  This costs tax payers' money.  After almost a decade of fostering dogs with physical handicaps and fear issues (from abuse & neglect), I now have to stop fostering because I was found to be over the 3 dog limit.  Each dog is well fed & cared for, has received appropriate vet care, and the fosters are progressing towards physical and psychological health.  However, only the number "3" matters - not the health of the animals, not the emotional impact of moving them before they are ready, not the level of care that they are receiving, not the references offered from the rescue and the vet clinic - only the number "3".  Being forced to move dogs out before they are ready and when it is clearly not in their best interest is devastating to me. In 2013, with the assistance of Animal Justice, http://www, the city of Toronto amended their bylaws legdocs/municode/1184_349.pdf  to add an exemption for animals in foster care.  Amendment 349-5C states that the limit of 3 dogs &/or 6 cats "shall not apply to individual members of a rescue group who are keeping dogs or cats for or on behalf of that rescue group."  Note: within this document, a Rescue Group is defined as - "A not-for-profit or charitable organization, registered with Toronto Animal Services, whose mandate and practices are predominately the rescue and placement of animals, and facilitating the spaying or neutering of animals, for animal welfare purposes."  This common sense approach supports the animals, the rescue organizations, and the tax payer. We are asking Oshawa City Council to advocate for animals in need and support volunteer rescue organizations by incorporating a similar amendment into Oshawa's Responsible Pet Owners Bylaw.

Kimberley Mack
2,030 supporters
Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to Justin Trudeau, Jonathan Wilkinson

End the cruel shark fin trade in Canada

Sharks have been swimming in our oceans for 420 million years - 200 million years before dinosaurs walked the earth. Today many species are in trouble. As apex predators, sharks play an important role in the ecosystem by maintaining the species below them in the food chain and serving as an indicator for ocean health. The demand for shark fins for delicacies such as shark fin soup means sharks are one of the most exploited species on the planet.  Fins from up to 73 million sharks end up in the global fin trade every year. Shark finning is a brutal and wasteful practice. When a shark’s fins are cut off it is often still alive, then the shark is tossed back into the ocean where, without its fin, it will drown, bleed to death, or be eaten alive by other fish. Shark finning is illegal in Canadian waters; however, Canada is the largest importer of shark fins outside of Asia. Demand is growing in Canada, according to Statistics Canada more than 170,000 kilograms of shark fins were imported in 2017.  This is more than a 60 per cent increase from the volume imported five years ago in 2012. More alarming, research shows the fins of several endangered and threatened sharks — including whale sharks, great hammerhead sharks and blue sharks — are being sold in our country.  Of the fin samples collected, an astounding 76 per cent were from threatened species. The good news, many Canadians want to see our government ban the trade of shark fins! Canadian filmmaker Rob Stewart exposed the fin trade to a global audience in his 2006 movie. Sharkwater. In theatres October 19, 2018, Sharkwater Extinction, the late filmmaker's final film, continues to further expose the illegal shark fin industry and pirate fishing trade. Kendra, an advocate from Delta B.C, turned her lifelong love of sharks into a petition calling on her local government to ban the sale and trade of shark fins. This petition has received over 64,000 signatures, illustrating how much Canadians care about this issue. Her local Mayor’s response was clear, they need senior levels of government to take action on a national level. Bill S-238 will stop the import and export of shark fin. This Bill seeks to end the import of shark fins into Canada.  In the spring of 2018 the bill was unanimously passed by the Senate Fisheries committee, where it was strengthened to ban shark fin exports.  Now the House of Commons needs to pass Bill S-238 so that it can become a law. Canada needs to be a world leader in protecting sharks and a nationwide ban on the import and export of shark fins is the best way to ensure that Canada is not supporting shark finning.   Add your name now and tell Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard Jonathan Wilkinson to support the passage of Bill S-238 to end the cruel and inhumane practice of shark finning. Please join the movement to protect sharks and the environment, sign and share this petition!  #FinBanNow Image credit: Rob Stewart  For more information: Canadian filmmaker Rob Stewart exposed the fin trade to a global audience in his movie 2006 Sharkwater. Tragically Rob died while in production on his third movie Sharkwater Extinction. The film will be in theatres starting October 19 Ending the importation of shark fins in Canada: Presentation to the Senate Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans Bill S-238 Shark finning bill passed unanimously by committee; moves on to Senate Shark fin soup – a recipe for extinction - Senator Michael MacDonald  DNA analysis of traded shark fins and mobulid gill plates reveals a high proportion of species of conservation concern

Oceana Canada
24,578 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to John Horgan, Carole James, Lana Popham, Adrian Dix, Rich Coleman, Dr. Andrew Weaver, Lawrence MacAulay

Ban Battery Cages in British Columbia

What’s the first thing you see when you wake up? What if it was a cage? What if every single day you woke up, you saw a cage? Would you enjoy that? I know I wouldn’t, and I know the over two million egg laying hens in B.C. don’t enjoy it either. They also hate being crammed together in these cages with on average less space than a standard piece of printed paper (94 square inches). That tiny space is all they will ever have for their entire lives. They aren’t treated like living animals, they’re treated like machines. They aren’t given a proper place to lay their eggs, nor are anywhere to dustbathe or perch. These are natural behaviours that are important to them, and it is extremely stressful and uncomfortable when they cannot perform these behaviours. To make matters worse, instead of dustbathing, hens are often forced to bathe in urine and feces that fall from other hens in cages stacked above. The list of welfare risks and cruelties that these animals endure on a daily basis is endless, which is why it's up to us to call on the government to ban this cruel and dangerous practice. Please sign this petition to urge Agriculture Minister Lana Popham and the B.C. Government to ban battery cages in our egg industry. This would not only benefit millions of neglected hens, but it would also drastically lower the risk of salmonella infection for B.C. citizens. A study by the European Food Safety Agency, which analyzed data from 5,000 egg farms in more than 20 countries found that eggs from battery caged hens were twenty-five times more likely to carry salmonella infection than uncaged free run hens! Momentum is building in the cage-free movement. Major food chains such as Mcdonald’s, Subway, Tim Hortons and Burger King have committed to sourcing only cage-free eggs in the future. Major grocers such as Loblaws, Metro, Sobeys and Walmart Canada have done the same. Recently, the Egg Farmers of Canada have pledged to end the use of battery cages by 2036. This is a big step in the right direction, but the 2036 timeline is ridiculously drawn-out. If the B.C. government truly cares about the safety of B.C. citizens and B.C. farm animals it must lead by example and ban caged housing in our egg industry, allowing a far shorter timeline. This is simply the right thing to do. - Ned Taylor UPDATE: Like our Facebook page to enhance the fight for a cage-free BC:  Bibliography  

Ned Taylor for Saanich Council
64,966 supporters
Started 4 months ago

Petition to Tracy McElman, Office of the chief insp

OSPCA should be fostering all animals! stand behind their policies and bring Rosie home!

To make a change we need to recognize the need for change. OSPCA  does not use fostering for dogs but they do for cats and this is the problem when there someone willing to be the foster home for an animal while they wait for their next journey in life. When an animal comes from A puppy mill or harsh living conditions I feel it inappropriate to put them in a cage when A foster home would be more appropriate. IT is very hard to take care of an animal for a week of ongoing care  as well as trying to find it’s home and realizing she came from a puppy mill!  I did my research and made sure that I was following the right protocol to make sure the remainder of the animals were saved as well but that involved me surrendering Rosie.  OSPCA has A  policy that when you are the one that surrenders an animal you would get the first opportunity to adopt the animal you surrendered This is a policy but not utilized when there’s an animal in their care that they would like to own!  This policy must be made mandatory!  In this case this policy was avoided And they have done nothing to rectify the situation although I have made it very clear that we are heartbroken and disturbed by the emotional turmoil we’ve had to go through for more than a month and a half. Daily messages asking how she was doing and when she would be available to adopt were sent to ospca!  The situation became even more emotional when they said I could see her and then refused to allow me to see her when I arrived.  I seen the other dogs online available to adopt from other SPCA units so I sent them a message requesting more information about Rosie. My heart shattered when I read the message that she had been adopted out to the vet sister! I was more than clear that I would like to adopt Rosie and as I was told their policy and it made me feel confident That I would be the first one to have the opportunity to adopt her.   I believe Rosie belongs with me no matter how long the fight to get her back will be! Rosie is a hero for saving 30+ dogs but she’s going to be an even bigger hero For making things right for all people and animals that have to deal with OSPCA  in the future.  Correcting mistakes is never easy but if you don’t correct them They are always there!  Preventing these mistakes from ever happening again will Help provide peace of mind that these policies are in place and are made to be utilized!  The policies that have been broken in this case are going to require other policies to be broken to bring Rosie home but I think it’s only appropriate as they made the wrong decision in avoiding their policy To accommodate the vet sister! The fact that Rosie went to the vet sister to avoid these policies needs to be rectified!  

Angela Vos
381 supporters