animal welfare

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Petition to Lisa Helps

City of Victoria: Ban Horse Drawn Carriages

CITY OF VICTORIA: BAN THE HORSE-DRAWN CARRIAGES.City of Victoria Mayor and Council, we call on you to take action for the safety, health, and integrity of the horses used in the horse-drawn carriage industry in Victoria B.C., and for the visitors and citizens who live here. WHEREAS past efforts to regulate the horse-drawn carriage industry have not stopped collisions in the streets or inhumane treatment of the horses used in this industry.  Currently, there is virtually no regulation or public oversight of this industry. AND WHEREAS in the last 20 years, Victoria has experienced dozens of collisions, accidents, and safety concerns involving the horse-drawn carriages which threaten the lives and safety of the horses, visitors, and residents in our city.   AND WHEREAS there is documented evidence of improper maintenance of the carriage equipment placing horses, drivers, and pedestrians at risk. AND WHEREAS there is documented evidence of careless and reckless operation of the horse carriages by those driving them in the streets. AND WHEREAS there is evidence the City of Victoria is losing $20,000 in annual revenue from the current rental agreement established between the City and the horse carriage companies. AND WHEREAS it has been documented that carriage companies pollute water systems by disposing horse urine and feces directly into storm drains against city bylaws. AND WHEREAS documentation of Victoria horse carriage horses feet indicate improper and inadequate care which has been condemned by certified farriers, and which has led to a cruelty complaint being filed with the BC SPCA.   AND WHEREAS research indicates that the “bit” used to communicate with the horses in the Victoria horse carriage industry causes them pain and discomfort which can lead to chronic physiological and psychological health issues. AND WHEREAS recent footage of horses collapsing and struggling to get up exemplify the lack of professionalism of the carriage operators and reinforce the inappropriateness of horses working on city streets. THEREFORE WE, THE UNDERSIGNED, urge the City of Victoria’s Mayor and Council to act in the interests of the horses used in the horse carriage industry, as well as the interests of citizens and visitors of the City by passing a resolution for a phasing out of the horse carriage industry, leading to a natural ban to be effective Dec 31st, 2018. Thank you for signing Jordan Reichert Victoria Horse Alliance

Victoria Horse Alliance
32,704 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Saputo Dairy Products Canada, Canadian Dairy Commission, Dairy Farmers of Ontario

Saputo: Time to MOOve Towards an Ethical Dairy Industry

Do you feel like you should avoid eating beef, because the animal has to be slaughtered, but you continue to buy delicious dairy products because you believe they are harmless? Dairy has become a staple food and dairy farming is a practice that provides jobs all over the world. However, dairy cows often live short and cruel lives. Like us, in order to make milk, a cow needs to give birth. To ensure high volume production, factory farm milk cows are often kept in small, confined areas, continuously impregnated, milked for a few years and then slaughtered for meat consumption. Dairy farming also has significant environmental impacts. Holy cow! Some dairy industry facts: A dairy cow only lives as long as she’s productive, which is on average 5 years. Her natural lifespan is somewhere between 18-22 years! Many dairy cows will never set its hooves in a field, spending their whole lives confined indoors; and cows really enjoy grazing. Calves often spend less than 24 hours with their mother before being taken away. Her milk, after all, is for our consumption. Cows are maternal creatures. When their babies are pulled away, they reportedly bellow for days. Because they are constantly milked, cows can develop painful, sometimes fatal infections, called mastitis. Some cows have their tails surgically removed, sometimes without painkillers. It’s believed that doing so keeps the udder clean, which is false. They need their tails to swat away flies. Cows are also often dehorned, a process in which the farmer will cut or burn off the horns. Sometimes no painkillers are provided. The Dairy industry also emits about 20% of the total greenhouse gas emissions from the main livestock sectors and also leaves a huge water footprint. So, how can we improve dairy farming and make it not just beneficial for humans, but sustainable for the world? We need a leader willing to participate in a milk revolution. Concrete steps can and should be taken to ensure dairy cows are treated humanely. They need healthy and spacious living conditions and they should be allowed to graze in fields with their calves. No unnecessary suffering should be brought to them. Professionals should perform necessary surgical procedures - with pain killers. Concrete steps can also be taken for farms to reduce their carbon and water footprints, as well as improve the use of farm land. Embracing organic farming standards is a step in the right direction. We challenge one of Canada’s favourite dairy companies, Saputo, to be a leader and source its dairy ethically, from Canadian Organic Standards farms. We invite them to begin the revolution, one cheese at a time. Sign this petition to speak up for all the cows who currently face cruel lives.

Ingrid Mok & Tiffany Zhou
21,946 supporters
Started 4 weeks ago

Petition to OMVQ

L'arrêt du dégriffage des chats/Ending declawing of cats; a petition to the OMVQ

Pour les vétérinaires et techniciens en santé animale qui veulent promouvoir la discussion scientifique à propos du dégriffage félin au Québec. La médecine vétérinaire est un domaine de sciences appliquées. Pour cette raison, il est primordial que toute intervention soit supportée par une médecine factuelle. Étant donné le récent bannissement du dégriffage dans les provinces de la Nouvelle-Écosse et de la Colombie-Britannique, il est temps de rouvrir la discussion ici au Québec, surtout en ce qui a trait à la littérature scientifique sur les conséquences pour le bien-être du chat. Le sujet est certes controversé, mais pertinent à notre profession si nous voulons demeurer à l’avant-garde des sciences du bien-être animal. Veterinarians and animal health technicians who want to promote discussion about the scientific basis for declawing cats in Quebec. Because veterinary medicine is a field of applied science, any medical intervention ought to be evidence based. Given the recent banishment of declawing in the provinces of Nova Scotia and British Columbia, it is time to reopen the discussion in Quebec about the scientific literature on the welfare implications of declawing cats. It is a contentious but relevant discussion to our profession if we are aiming to position ourselves as leaders in animal welfare sciences.

Jordyn Hewer
3,260 supporters
Update posted 1 month 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
17,492 supporters