Petition to The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould
Protect Animals in Canadian Labs
The terrible truth behind the undercover investigation at ITR Laboratories in Montreal is that the case is not an isolated one. Animal abuse is inherent in the very system which allows invasive experimentation on animals. Canada is the only G8 country without federal government inspectors with the power to enforce rules governing animal treatment in testing and research labs. Instead, Canada has the Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC) - a body which can only investigate complaints with the co-operation of the research labs, and has never removed certification from any facility, no matter how egregious its violations. The CCAC is also only responsible for publicly-funded organizations, leaving animals held at privately-funded labs completely unprotected. While the undercover investigation focused on animals used for testing, millions more are used for research, over 60% of whom suffer for basic, curiosity-driven research with no practical application. Also making Canada unique is the fact that the CCAC specifically allows animals to be subjected to severe pain, even that which is "near, at, or above, the pain tolerance threshold for unanesthetised, conscious animals" (category of invasiveness E). This level of deliberately inflicted suffering is considered criminal cruelty in Europe. In 2009, Canada became a member of the International Cooperation on Alternative Test Methods (ICATM) but has since failed to comply with the agreement in refusing to actively seek out and implement alternatives to animals in experimentation. Meanwhile, countries like New Zealand, the UK, Germany and Spain have decreased their use of animals in testing and research by up to 26% , with the Netherlands committing to phase out all animal experimentation by 2025. We urge the Canadian government to fulfill its commitment and reduce its use of animals in testing and research. In the meantime, Canada must immediately regulate animal treatment in testing and research labs, suppliers and teaching facilities that use animals.
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. https://www.thestar.com/opinion/star-columnists/2017/12/21/no-more-silence-about-the-torture-of-animals.html See the complete graphic footage which was shared in the Toronto Star article: https://www.dropbox.com/s/uc0fnc0vwq4wdbe/RYDING%20MEDIA%20REVISED.mp4?dl=0 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: http://www.inspection.gc.ca/about-the-cfia/contact-us/eng/1299860523723/1299860643049 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 email@example.com 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 www.veg.ca to take the veggie challenge and for more information. Please support our work by visiting our website www.TorontoPigSave.org or www.patreon.com/torontopigsave
Petition to Justin Trudeau, canadian council of animal care, Leader, Liberal Party of Canada/Chef, Parti libéral du Canada Justin Trudeau, The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister’s Office – Health Canada
Ban animal testing in Canada
We must work toward phasing out the use of any and all animals for any testing for any purpose. Although it would seem easier to use animals, we are realizing it is cruel and we have no right to do so. Alternatives must be created and discovered, regardless the cost increase. Our advances in medicine and animal care have come at the expense of millions of animal test subjects over hundreds of years, performed by scientists from various countries. What we thought of acceptable experimentation on animals is now being regarded as a violation of humane treatment. Animal testing gave us the knowledge we have now, but it does not need to continue this way. "Vivisection (from Latin vivus, meaning "alive", and sectio, meaning "cutting") is surgery conducted for experimental purposes on a living organism, typically animals with a central nervous system, to view living internal structure." Guidelines for animal testing have included methodology such as: "The Three Rs "The Three Rs (3Rs) are guiding principles for more ethical use of animals in testing. These were first described by W.M.S. Russell and R.L. Burch in 1959. "The 3Rs are: "Replacement which refers to the preferred use of non-animal methods over animal methods whenever it is possible to achieve the same scientific aims. These methods include computer modeling.Reduction which refers to methods that enable researchers to obtain comparable levels of information from fewer animals, or to obtain more information from the same number of animals.Refinement which refers to methods that alleviate or minimize potential pain, suffering or distress, and enhance animal welfare for the animals used. These methods include non-invasive techniques. "The 3Rs have a broader scope than simply encouraging alternatives to animal testing, but aim to improve animal welfare and scientific quality where the use of animals can not be avoided.* These 3Rs are now implemented in many testing establishments worldwide and have been adopted by various pieces of legislation and regulations. (*Invertebrates could be a possible substitution for assistance to phase-out animal usage.) "Despite the widespread acceptance of the 3Rs, many countries—including Canada, Australia, Israel, the United Kingdom, and Germany—have reported rising experimental use of animals in recent years with increased use of mice and, in some cases, fish while reporting declines in the use of cats, dogs, primates, rabbits, guinea pigs, and hamsters. Along with other countries, China has also escalated its use of GM animals,* resulting in an increase in overall animal use. (*Genetically modified) As we know, The Quebec national assembly has passed legislation that better protects animals and defines them as sentient beings. With this shift in thinking, Canada should further make use of the momentum by taking a larger step: no longer using animals for any testing. The changes needed for this can be gradual. New policies will need to be drafted. But Canada can become a world leader in animal rights and welfare. once new practices are employed. We want a Canada to be proud of. Intelligent, modern, compassionate, and protective of all -humans and animals- residing in her boarders.
Petition to Shawn Pankow (Mayor, Town of Smiths Falls), Bill Dobson, Shaun McLaughlin, John Fenik, Aubrey Churcill, Brian Stewart, Keith Kerr, Louis Antonakos, Richard Kidd
End the Suffering of Abandoned Cats in Lanark County
Animal Pound Services are provided for dogs, but not for cats in seven out of eight municipalities in Lanark County, Ontario, Canada. If a resident of these communities, namely, the Towns of Mississippi Mills and Perth, and the Townships of Beckwith, Drummond North Elmsley, Lanark Highlands, Montague and Tay Valley find an abandoned cat in need and call the Animal Control Officer, they are turned away. If the person contacts a local cat shelter, they are told they are full. In Lanark County, only the Town of Carleton Place currently picks up stray cats. The Town of Smiths Falls, adjacent to Lanark County, also provides this service. While the other municipalities turn a blind eye to the problem, stray and abandoned cats are left to suffer neglect, abuse and predation by wild animals. Concerned citizens must take it upon themselves to find homes for unwanted cats, or transport them long distances to find care for them. All that is lacking is the political will to change the mindset that cats are expendable in rural eastern Ontario. The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals does not provide shelter to stray animals in Lanark County. One local cat shelter takes in between 350 and 450 cats each year, but they are not publicly funded, and cannot be expected to operate a pound as well. Programs are also needed to prevent the overpopulation of cats in these communities. These municipalities can ignore one voice, but may be convinced to make a change happen if enough of us raise our voices to end the suffering of homeless cats. Please sign this petition to demand that pound services be provided for the hundreds of cats abandoned in Lanark County every year.
Petition to Marco Mendocino, Doug Ford, Justin Trudeau, Carolyn Bennett, Bill Morneau, Julie Dabrusin
Require all single-use plastics bought and sold in Canada be biodegradable
The problem of plastic pollution is at its worst and is not getting better. Globally, waterways have become increasingly polluted, strangling marine life and creating garbage dumps of our magnificent oceans and Great Lakes. According to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation Report launched at the World Economic Forum in 2016, by the year 2050 we can expect to have more plastic in the ocean that fish, with an average of one refuse truck of plastic being dumped into the world's seas every minute. Plastic goods are only growing in demand and although many are recyclable, only 5% actually is. Not to mention the fact that unlike glass and other materials, plastic is only able to be recycled a limited number of times and is therefore unsustainable regardless. The long-term effects of the small fragments of plastic that are beginning to litter the seabed are unknown, however we are already witnessing the presence of these microplastics in marine life, including the fish we consume. Plastics leach harmful chemicals that easily migrate up the food chain, some of which have already found to be present in humans. The solution to this is for the world's governments to take action and finally put a ban on the use and distribution of single-use plastics that are not biodegradable. Countless options already exist made of various different materials. the UN Environment lists a few: edible cutlery made of sorghum, plates and cutlery made of bamboo or palm leaf, natural packaging foam made of fungus and agricultural waste, expired milk recreated as a natural clothing fiber, and even pineapple pleather as a replacement for shoes and other plastic goods. Canada can and should be a global leader in the initiative to save the global environment from plastic pollution, beginning in our own backyard with our Great Lakes and long coastlines. Please! The issue grows worse each passing day. Let us help us help ourselves by restoring a clean and livable environment that does not grow sick and polluted by our own hands.
Petition to Raise awareness on the endangerment of the northern hairy-nosed wombat
The Endangered Wombats need YOUR help
The northern hairy-nosed wombat is one of the largest land mammals in the world. They also the world's largest burrowing herbivore. Currently, there are only about 200 northern hairy-nosed wombats left, found at Epping Forest National Park and the Richard Underwood Nature Refuge. The continued existence of the northern hairy-nosed wombat is threatened by everything from potential local catastrophes and loss of genetic diversity, to competition for food and droughts. A few conservation efforts have been made, including the allocation of the wombats to a new location as well as further research/experiments since wombats are a notoriously difficult species for which to develop assisted breeding techniques in captive management. However, an enormous amount of effort still must be made in order for the wombat population to increase to a stable size. By signing this petition you are showing your vital support and raising awareness in saving these incredibly adorable creatures. Make a difference. Show your support
Petition to PetSmart, Ontario SPCA, Animal Activist Groups
On July 1st, Corey Dixon took his healthy, 4-year-old black lab/retriever (and cardiac service dog), Aspen, to board at PetSmart for the week. When Corey went to pick up Aspen on July 8th, something was clearly wrong. Aspen was shaking and was covered in her own drool and vomit. She'd also lost a significant amount of weight. Despite this, PetSmart did not notify Corey that anything was wrong with the animal. That night Aspen was rushed to an emergency veterinary clinic. Unfortunately, on July 15th, she passed away. PetSmart initially agreed to pay for all of Aspen's veterinary bills, only to go back on their word and state they would only pay a total amount of $5,000. PetSmart also released their own statement saying Aspen died from a pre-existing medical condition known as Myasthenia Gravis. However, a report released by Aspen's actual veterinarian states that she was a healthy dog and had no such condition. In other words, PetSmart lied to try and cover themselves. All of this being said, no one should trust their service animal in the care of PetSmart. They should be boycotted, and animal activist groups and the SPCA should call for an investigation into the company and their care of animals. Follow @CoreyDixon33 on Twitter for updates as he fights for #JusticeForAspen.
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. Farmers work very hard and some do a great job at treating their livestock as humanly as possible. However, some dairy cows can also 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 sometimes kept in small, confined areas, continuously impregnated, milked for on average five years and then slaughtered for meat consumption. Dairy farming also has significant environmental impacts. 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! Some dairy cows in factory farms 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. Sometimes cows have their tails surgically removed, reports indicate that this can be done without painkillers. Some people believe 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. Although Canadian guidelines recommend that painkillers be used for all surgical procedures, reports indicate they are not always used. 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. Concrete steps can be taken for farms to reduce their carbon and water footprints, as well as improve the use of farmland. Embracing organic farming standards can be 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 cows. If you wonder how a dairy farmer is treating his cows, you can also visit the farms you buy your products from. If they treat their animals well, they will be happy to give you a guided tour.