animal welfare

39 petitions

Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Shut Down Ryding Regency Slaughterhouse!

‘No more silence about the torture of animals.' Toronto Star published an article on Dec 21 2017 by journalist Linda McQuaig exposing horrific cruelty at Ryding-Regency Meat Packers captured by Len Goldberg, Chris McGinn and Toronto Cow Save activists. See the complete graphic footage which was shared in the Toronto Star article: Filming through an open window at the back of the Ryding-Regency slaughterhouse, footage obtained clearly shows a large brown cow thrashing about on the floor, trying to get up, as blood gushes out of a gaping wound on her neck. A black-and-white cow similarly struggles on the floor, while a worker bends over and cuts her throat. Cows hoisted upside down, dangling from one leg, appear to be still conscious with their eye lids opening and closing, while workers tear off the skin from their faces with knives. It is illegal to hoist a conscious cow in Canada. Blood is everywhere. Dr. Armaiti May, a California-based veterinarian who watched the video, commented: “I was horrified to see fully conscious, alert cows writhing and flailing in agony as the blood drained from their slit throats.” We demand the government of Canada: Do the right thing and withdraw Ryding-Regency Meat Packers federal licence and shut them down. The regulatory agency, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) have taken no action to date despite this compelling video. Please call the CFIA on 1-800-442-2342 and ask them to take action or contact them using their feedback form: What you can do: You don't have to wait for the Government to intervene. You can stop these atrocities now by voting with your wallet and BOYCOTTING the animal agriculture industry. STOP supporting this cruelty. Help shut down the most violent places on the planet! If you live in Toronto, join us for our weekly vigils, Tuesday mornings 9:30am - 12:00pm at Ryding-Regency Meat Packers, 70 Glen Scarlett Road, or email for information about vigils in your area or to start a group. If you eat cows, you can help by no longer paying for animals to be killed in their infancy: Veal calves are killed at 1-24 weeks, beef cows are killed at 18 months and mother “dairy” cows are killed at around 4 years. Average life expectancy of a cow is 15-20 years. Cows are individuals with personalities. Devoted mother cows bellow frantically for their calves who are snatched away. They mourn their loss for weeks. Switch to a whole foods plant based diet and live cruelty free! Save the animals, the planet and your health. Go to to take the veggie challenge and for more information. Please support our work by visiting our website or

Toronto Pig Save
100,744 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Shannon Phillips, Constituency Office, Andre Corbould, Rob Simieritsch, Kelly Williams, Jason Caswell, Matt Besko, Ron Bjorge, Travis Ripley, Katherine Ganley, Rachel Notley, Paul Frame, Brett Boukall


For at least the last 3 weeks a young black bear has been wandering in a farmer’s field south of Calgary, along Trans Canada Highway and Highway 22.  This bear has sustained an injury, and will not put weight on its left hind leg.   The Cochrane Ecological and Wildlife Society has offered to help this bear who is needlessly suffering.  They have the facilities to rehabilitate and house this black bear.  The Provincial Wildlife Act does state that the Minister may, in writing and in the prescribed form, transfer the Crown’s property in wildlife on terms and conditions that the Minister considers appropriate and that are specified in the transfer instrument.  As the Minister you have the right to transfer ownership of this bear from the Province to the Cochrane Ecological and Wildlife Society.  I put it to you that it is your moral duty to allow the citizens capable of alleviating this bear's pain to exercise their right to answer to their own moral compasses. A spokesman for the Government stated that “The best thing to do is let it recover naturally”.  This representative does not have a degree in veterinary medicine, nor a related degree or diploma that would make him a subject matter expert.  It would be impossible, even for a veterinarian, to diagnose an animal and provide a prognosis based on visual inspection from a great distance.  This bear, at the very least, deserves an assessment of the injury.  The bear should not have to live the next several months in pain and possibly succumb to infection, or starvation, when it may well be easily corrected.   Wildlife suffers daily from illness and injury due to human contact, be it our sprawling construction, our vehicles through their habitat, both on our highways and with our off road vehicles.  It behooves us, then, to also step in to benefit injured wildlife. As an Albertan and a Canadian, I pride myself in helping others which includes all animals.  We live in a society in which we have the means to help this bear.  Our society can not stand by and watch this bear suffer and possibly die a prolonged death.  Mahatma Gandhi eloquently stated “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” I ask that Honourable Minister of Environment and Parks, Shannon Phillips, issue a temporary permit to allow this black bear a chance at rehabilitation and treatment of its injuries. Thank you so much for signing my petition.  Please share. 

Lisa Madsen
17,695 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Alberta Veterinary Medical Association

Ban Cat Declawing in Alberta

Declawing is not like a manicure. It is serious surgery. A cat's claw is not a toenail. It is actually closely adhered to the bone. So closely adhered that to remove the claw, the last bone of the cat's claw has to be removed. Declawing is actually an amputation of the last joint of your cat's "toes". When you envision that, it becomes clear why declawing is not a humane act. It is a painful surgery, with a painful recovery period.  A cat's body is perfectly designed to give it the grace, agility, and beauty that is unique to felines. Its claws are an important part of this design. Amputating the important part of their anatomy that contains the claws drastically alters the conformation of their feet. The cat is also deprived of its primary means of defense, leaving it prey to predators if it ever escapes to the outdoors. Unlike most mammals who walk on the soles of the paws or feet, cats are digitigrades, which means they walk on their toes. Their back, shoulder, paw and leg joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments and nerves are naturally designed to support and distribute the cat's weight across its toes as it walks, runs and climbs. A cat's claws are used for balance, for exercising, and for stretching the muscles in their legs, back, shoulders, and paws. They stretch these muscles by digging their claws into a surface and pulling back against their own clawhold - similar to isometric exercising for humans. This is the only way a cat can exercise, stretch and tone the muscles of its back and shoulders. The toes help the foot meet the ground at a precise angle to keep the leg, shoulder and back muscles and joints in proper alignment. Removal of the last digits of the toes drastically alters the conformation of their feet and causes the feet to meet the ground at an unnatural angle that can cause back pain similar to that in humans caused by wearing improper shoes.   Adapted from Edmonton Humane Society

Trisha Barranoik
2,943 supporters