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Petition to Eric Denhoff, Rachel Notley, Brett boukall, Robert Simiertsch, Shannon Phillips, Travis Ripley, Jason Caswell, Matt Besko, Ron Bjorge, Kathleen Ganley

Allow the Rehabilitation of Orphaned Bear Cubs Left Behind Due to Trophy Hunting.

If you would like to know the background for this petition:  please check out: Currently our Alberta government allows the killing of bear cubs left behind by trophy hunters who "accidentally" kill mother bears for a head to mount on their wall.  Bear cubs are shot by Fish and Wildlife or left to starve to death, or be victims of predators.  This includes both black bear and grizzly bear cubs , as well as many other species found in Alberta. A petition was delivered to the Legislature in March by MLA,  Dr. David Swann.  Albertans and people throughout the world made it clear that allowing injured wildlife to succumb to "Nature taking its course" is unacceptable.   The Alberta Environment & Parks Department, as stewards of Alberta’s wildlife, have failed in their responsibility towards orphaned bear cubs and other indigenous wildlife species. This government has failed their clear duty by omitting to provide Alberta Environment & Parks, AEP's approved “applicable protocols” that they, themselves, require before orphaned bear cubs, lynx and bobcat kittens, fox cubs, and elk calves can be rescued, reared and released back into the wild. To quote from Alberta’s 2018/2019 Wildlife Rehabilitation Permits “…the permittee may only rehabilitate that animal in accordance with the applicable protocol that has been adopted by AEP” To quote from Brett Boukall AEP, (3/29/2018) “As of right now, there are no approved protocols for orphaned black bear cubs in Alberta. When AEP approves a protocol for any species or updates existing ones, the wildlife rehabilitators will be the first to know.” Does this matter? Yes, and for many reasons, but the most vital, for bear cubs is the most immediate. The Spring Bear hunt opens on Sunday (April 1, 2018) and though it is illegal to do so, every year hunters accidentally kill female bears with cubs. The cubs are tiny, they can weigh less than a newborn baby… the hunters are up a tree over their bait barrels, so they often can't sex the bear they are shooting, nor see the cubs.  This is why it is a legitimate concern for bear cubs in Alberta.  This is why Alberta Environment and Parks need to complete protocols for bear cubs and the other species listed in “Schedule A”. On this day,  3 orphaned bear cubs were found in a Banff National Park bathroom (no doubt due to the accidental killing of their mother during hunting season) and were allowed to be transported to a wildlife sanctuary in Ontario, the plan, to be rehabilitated and returned to the park this year for release.  Why is this acceptable when the rehabilitation of bear cubs like Russell are not allowed, because of supposed threats to public safety?  The government has no science to back this view.  The government needs to act responsibly and do the right thing:  complete written protocols so approved wildlife rehabilitation sites may rehabilitate the orphaned animals in accordance to the “applicable protocol”.   If our Alberta government wants to allow trophy hunting to continue in our province, then they need to be responsible for the orphans who are left behind.  We urge Alberta Environment and Parks to complete the protocols necessary so orphaned wildlife may be rehabilitated by a responsible organization and these orphans may be released back into the wild.       Thank you so much for your support! Please share! Lisa xo  

Lisa Madsen
25,517 supporters
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Petition to Brick City Rescue


Sarah Dugan is a foster who has been working with Brick City Rescue, Inc., 501 (c) (3) domestic animal rescue, FEIN # 82-2472466, located in Lincoln Park, New Jersey, for the past 6 weeks. She has been the sole medical foster for a brutally abused bait dog named Hope that turned up in Newark, New Jersey, terrified, shaking and covered in lacerations and blood. The video of Hope shaking and trembling in fear has caught a lot of social media attention and her story has quickly spread across North America like rapid fire.  "I've watched her face her fears; the dark, the wind, being outside, the car etc. and slowly but surely she has overcome them! She has truly taught me the definition of strength and persistence. To be able to trust again after the trauma she has endured is remarkable and over the past six weeks I've been blessed with the opportunity to watch her continuously tackle new obstacles" says Hope's foster Mom, Sarah. From the moment Hope stepped into Sarah's home, she has documented their entire journey together and all of their online followers have witnessed the phenomenal transformation on Instagram @hope_our_hero. Perhaps the most incredible thing that followers have witnessed is the bond that Sarah and Hope have created together. Fellow Animal Rescuer and Activist from Canada, Chala Speciale, describes their bond as "something she has never witnessed before between a human and an animal!"  Sarah Dugan was originally signed through Brick City Rescue to provide foster care to Hope on February 27, 2018. However, once the two formed this unbreakable bond and Hope began slowly learning how to trust and open up to Sarah, she decided that she wanted to submit an adoption application to the rescue. In a statement to Brick City Rescue Sarah had mentioned that she does not feel she has the proper leadership skills required to properly train Hope but took it upon herself to prove to the rescue how much she loves this dog and wants to legally adopt her by inquiring into the services of Dog Behaviorist, Janice Wolfe who is known as New Jersey's Dog Whisperer. Janice agreed to help Sarah work with Hope and help her be the best leader for Hope and give her everything she needs as far as training goes. Janice had created a perfect plan for Hope's training program and had even personally reached out to Brick City Rescue herself. She has also generously offered her services for free and also offered if need be to bring Hope to either her New Jersey or Missouri farm to work with Hope until she is ready to be adopted. Janice has also agreed to adopt Hope personally or co-adopt her with Sarah to ensure Hope is given the proper training environment to maximize her growth. Janice goes on to say "I believe in speaking with Sarah and communicating with her extensively over the last couple of days, that she is the one who can bring this dog full circle".  The rescue has not responded to Janice's correspondence. Despite these efforts, Brick City Rescue has decided to remove Hope from Sarah's care. Hope's online community of over 1200 followers are up in arms over the decision, heart broken, frantically trying to pull together to help Sarah fight for Hope. In Hope's last Instagram videos with her foster Mom you can see the two of them falling apart while spending their last night together. Through tears, you can hear Sarah sob the words "I'm so proud of you. You're so strong. You're my baby" while Hope consoles her.  Hope's followers have been emailing, calling and messaging Brick City Rescue around the clock in an attempt to help them understand the bond that Hope and Sarah truly have. In a direct message to Brick City Rescue sent on April 17th, 2018 Chala Speciale tells them that they are making a mistake by solely focusing on Hope's behavioral training i.e. crate training, learning boundaries, being reactive to other dogs, etc. and not on the fact that Hope is finally starting to heal (physically and mentally) and acting like a dog for the first time in her life. "Removing her from the only human she has ever trusted and loved is not the smart move here. The moment Hope is separated from Sarah, they are going to see to a whole new array of issues surface that go way past just behavioral training, for example, emotional and psychological issues, depression, separation anxiety, etc. They aren't going about this the right way. They keep saying they have Hope's best interests in mind but I don't believe it." Chala has a three-year-old rescue very similar to Hope in almost every way, she was abused and is terrified of males, leash reactive etc. "I could never imagine having her taken from me to go to behavioral training because she would break down mentally, she would deteriorate. The only way she could be trained would be in the environment where she feels safe and loved. A broken dog is like a broken person, no amount of training or therapy can just snap them out of their past. It is all about the love they are given and trust that is built every single day. Without that, you have nothing. A dog will shut down. I have seen it and experienced firsthand in rescue."  On April 18th at approximately 3:00 p.m., Brick City Rescue picked up Hope from Sarah's home while she was at work. Sarah has cooperated with Brick City Rescue and given them access to her home to take Hope while she was at work. This entire experience has been extremely emotionally draining on both hope and Sarah. Going forward, Sarah Dugan, Chala Speciale and hundreds of supporters and animal activists, are doing everything in their power to take Hope and Sarah's story to the masses. Followers and fans of Hope and Sarah want their questions answered by Brick City Rescue. They want to know why Hope was taken out of a perfectly loving environment. "We just want transparency, every post, every comment, every message about Hope is deleted and blocked by them. They are keeping stuff from us and we want to know what it is and why" says Chala. While the rescue is deleting all of their comments and messages on Instagram, Hope's fans and followers are fighting on to reunite Hope with her Mom, the only person she has ever loved, Sarah.  Follow Hope's Journey on Instagram @hope_our_hero Join Our Group Chat On Facebook: Watch Hope's Rescue Video:

Hope Our Hero
1,416 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Justin Trudeau


WE RAISE OUR PAWS TO BRING FORTH URGENCY TO END THE CANADA COMMERCIAL SEAL HUNT --- UNITED WE STAND FOR LIFE!    As members of Canadian society, and an animal rights not-for-profit incorporation, we have always believed that Canada has represented itself as a progressive nation -- but such progression should not include sacrificing and inhumanely killing innocent life for making profit or products.    I am speaking and bringing to your attention of Canada's Commercial Seal Hunt, or "Harvest" as even the Federal Fisheries Department has claimed it to be - a definition basically stating that this slaughter and treatment to be mere hunting and collection of commodities that can be used for humanity's own personal & profit making gain such as fur, seal oil (health supplements) and aphrodisiacs etc.   It is truly a blemish upon the country, when its Government and Fisheries Department continues to defend the nature of such a dying industry, calling it humane and sustainable, and putting forth funding towards the inhumane and cruel suffering and death of innocent life ---- where the majority of innocent seals (by the hundreds of thousands) are either shot or clubbed in the head by instruments so that the pelt of such life is not damaged, and that the life suffering and dying are approximately 95 - 98% are 3 weeks to 3 months old.     According to the Federal Fisheries Department Website -- The Three-Step Process, which also applies to harvesters with personal use licences is: Striking - The Seal Harvesters must shoot or strike animals on top of the cranium with either a firearm, club or "hakapik" - a multipurpose hunting tool -- wooden club with a hammer head (used to crush seal's skull) and a hook (used to drag carcass away) on the end. Checking - the harvesters must palpate both sides of the cranium (left and right) following striking, ensuring that the skull has been crushed -- this ensures the seal is irreversibly unconscious or dead. Bleeding - The harvester must bleed the animal by severing the two axillary arteries located beneath the front flippers and must allow the minimum of one minute to pass before skinning the animal -- bleeding ensure the seal is dead. The much awareness and outrage of not only individuals, but organizations and celebrity endorsements as well has made a huge impact against the commercial seal hunt --- even bringing upon bans from other countries against the imports of seal products have caused a collapse in sales.    But even with such impacts, the Canadian Government  still funds this industry, and has even increased quotas, despite the decline and collapse in such a market.    We are truly appreciative and thankful to all those who have contributed and supported the efforts in raising awareness and impacts against this issue - Please continue the fight and urge the Canadian Government to finally abandon its efforts to save the commercial seal hunt. Spread and Sign The Petition Today! Raise Ur Paw

Raise UR Paw
136,978 supporters