animal welfare

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Petition to OMVQ

L'arrêt du défriffage 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
1,383 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

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
24,605 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Aurel Pantel, Shannon Gaultier

RM of Lorne: Say No to New Pig Barn!

In 2017, despite widespread opposition from citizens, scientists, animal advocates and environmental organizations, the Manitoba Government passed Bill 24 (The Red Tape Reduction Act) which gutted environmental regulations, weakened measures that protect pigs from barn fires, and opened the door to pig industry expansion in the province. Confirming everyone's worst fears, proposals for new pig barns have begun.   Late February, 2018 V.C. Hog Ltd submitted a proposal to build a large pig confinement facility which would hold 6,000 pigs just two miles south of Swan Lake. Manitoba already has the largest pig industry in the country, producing over eight million pigs a year—a number which doesn’t even reflect the total number of pigs born into the industry, as an estimated 11 per cent die before even leaving the farm. The lives of these pigs was exposed in an undercover investigation at a pig barn in Arborg just a few years ago. The footage showed horrific abuse, including the confinement of pregnant pigs in barren crates so small they were unable to turn around, the mutilation of piglets without any pain relief, and the complete lack of medical attention for sick and suffering pigs. The confined animals in the proposed new barn will produce an estimated 9-10 million gallons of raw sewage annually—enough to fill 14 Olympic sized swimming pools, all at a time when Manitoba is still coping with the devastating ecological and social consequences of past pig industry expansion which doubled the phosphorus load on Lake Winnipeg, contributing to the growth of deadly algae. Please help us protect animals, the environment and the health of local residents by signing our petition opposing the building of this new barn. Thank you for your support and for speaking out for animals!

Manitoba Animal Save
16,851 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
12,860 supporters