Petition to Mélanie Joly, Justin Trudeau, Society of Canadian Ornithologists
Let's have the Gray Jay returned to its' original name the Canada Jay.
After a heated and somewhat controversial campaign by Canadian Geographic, the Gray Jay has been selected to represent Canada's national bird. We think that is great! So does the Royal Canadian Geographic Society as they have endorsed the Gray Jay and are hoping to have it adopted by the Canadian government upon their recommendation to help celebrate Canada's 150th birthday. The problem is that the Gray Jay's true name Perisoreus canadensis is not the Gray Jay after all, but the much more apt "Canada Jay". According to Dan Strickland in an article written in Ontario Birds April 2017 this name change should never have happened. In a somewhat convoluted attempt to streamline nomenclature the American Ornithologists' Union in 1957 released list 5 with the "Canada Jay", as it had been historically identified, replaced with the name "Gray Jay". This, according to Strickland, with no valid taxonomic or nomenclatural reason. This petition seeks to restore the name "Canada Jay" to this ubiquitous Canadian bird before the Canadian government adopts it nationally. Let's give back the true name to this fantastic bird and return its' authentic name so that it can truly represent the spirit of the nation it will henceforth carry the burden of symbolizing.
Petition to Jeff Leal
Ban Fur Farming in Ontario, Canada
Petition to: Jeff Leal (the Ontario minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs) Please stop the cruel and inhumane treatment of fur bearing animals and enact a province-wide ban on fur farming in Ontario. We demand a ban on fur farming be enacted for the following reasons: A poll conducted by Environics (2015) showed that 92% of Canadians are in favour of better animal protection laws. Another poll conducted by Humane Society International (2014) showed 68% of Canadians support a ban on fur farming. Confining and killing animals such as fox, mink, chinchilla, and rabbit for an unnecessary luxury item like fur is unethical and cruel. Many Canadian retailers have fur free policies in place and refuse to sell fur. Many prominent clothing designers also refuse to use fur in their clothing lines. Numerous countries and regions recognize fur farms cannot meet the basic needs of animals and have already passed bans on fur farming and/or bans on the import of fur. Animals such as mink and fox cannot be domesticated on fur farms where they are bred for pelt traits and not traits of domestication. These undomesticated animals are restricted from performing natural behaviours (like swimming and interacting with a sand/earthen floor). They are subject to long periods of inactivity and lack of stimulation leading to frustration, stress, and stereotypical (abnormal repetitive) behaviour such as pacing, cage biting, self-mutilation, physical deformities (bent feet), and high levels of infant mortality. Fur farm killing methods such as anal electrocution are still currently in use and are not humane. Photo Credit: Jo-Anne McArthur/Montreal SPCA
Petition to Hon. Kathryn McGarry
No traps on trails
Unfortunately this petition involves some sad and disturbing news. While out walking with my dogs before Christmas in 2014, our dog George's head was caught in a baited kill-trap (Conibear). He died a slow death while I struggled unsuccessfully to free him. The trap was located on Crown Land just a few feet from a side trail and within 20 ft of a popular snowmobile/ATV trail. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF), through our local Conservation Officer, was informed of what happened and is investigating. However, they told us that there are no rules about how close to trails the traps can be set and no requirement to notify the public that they are there. There does not seem to be any way for the public to find out where traplines are; they could be anywhere on Crown Land, on your neighbour's property, even in Provincial Parks and you wouldn't know. Ontario Tourism is currently running ads that show a family cross-country skiing while their dogs run off-leash beside them. Where is it safe to do that? We no longer feel secure anywhere except on our own property. Sadly, at least one other dog died this way in Ontario in December 2014. The Belleville Intelligencer reported the death of a dog in a Conibear trap on the Heritage Trail, a popular all-season multi-use trail. The kill-trap was set within 30 feet of the trail. My husband and I both grew up in rural areas. We had no idea the risk we were taking every time we took our dogs out on this trail. One of our responsibilities as pet owners is to keep them safe. We failed George in that regard. Please help us make sure this doesn't happen to another family pet, or worse, a child out on a walk with his parents. To prevent more deaths on Ontario trails and improve the safety of everyone sharing our outdoor spaces, we urge the MNRF to: 1. launch a public awareness campaign about the danger to pets and people from active traps - including publishing maps online that show registered trapline areas, and 2. improve trapping practices and regulations – including setting a minimum distance from public trails, and marking trails that run close to traplines. We hope we can turn this event into a catalyst for positive change. Thank you. For more information: Visit our website at www.NoTrapsOnTrails.org Follow us on Twitter @NoTrapsOnTrails and Facebook.com/notrapsontrails Email us at email@example.com June 13, 2016: Following a cabinet shuffle in the Ontario government, this petition is now addressed to Hon. Kathryn McGarry in place of the former Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry Hon. Bill Mauro.
Petition to CNN , People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)
Barbaric Animal Cruelty on CNN
Anthony Bourdain's show on CNN, "Parts Unknown" frequently shows a giddy Anthony Bourdain often torturing and killing innocent animals just for food. An example of this was in Season 6, specifically the episode "Borneo", where Bourdain is shown along with others killing a pig, who was first captured by local villagers and then suffocated, being tied up in a net. Bourdain was shown stabbing this pig with a spear. Squeals of this poor, innocent animal can be heard throughout, with the camera then concluding with a shot of Bourdain standing in a pool of blood. This is but one example of the barbaric nature of Bourdain that CNN allows. It is disgusting, and we need to tell CNN to stop this inhumane individual from displaying this evil behaviour on tv.
Petition to Canadian Veterinary Medical Association
Make Veterinarians Accountable for Murdering our Companions
I am calling upon the Canadian Veterinary Association to consider following the Canadian Medical Association's model and offer programs for vets to become specialized in administering general anesthesia, and performing surgeries. They should also be prohibited from dispensing medication, which should be dispensed by a pharmacist. Sometime in 2015 my dog, Batman, slipped while playing fetch and hurt his shoulder. Over the years his condition worsened. He saw many veterinarians, but none were able to fix his shoulder. He was prescribed a list of many different medications, which grew over time. Little did I know that they were not helping but rather worsening his health. I voiced my concern to the slew of vets that were taking care of my Batman, but I was repeatedly told that they were helping and that he'd be fine. One week before his death, one of the veterinarians suggested giving Batman a cortisone shot for his shoulder. I'm not sure why this wasn't suggested earlier. This doctor insisted that he should take yet another pain medication, in addition to the other three that he was taking. I refused, but he insisted. I jokingly said "do you get a cut from the sales" and everyone in the waiting room at the clinic laughed. I trusted in the doctor’s professional judgement. Batman’s cortisone shot was scheduled for the following week. During those seven days he couldn't eat properly or drink enough water. When I called the clinic to ask for help I was told to increase his dose of medications. Meanwhile Batman was crying from being over medicated, not from being in pain. He kept on walking into the walls. When I brought him for his cortisone shot on Friday, he kept on walking under the chair & walking up to the wall and staying there. When I asked his vet about this, she was not concerned and assured me that Batman was just dopey from the medication. And yet, they continued to give him more drugs! I was frustrated by this, as my dog was clearly in distress. I also mentioned to both the doctor and the technicians to please give him an IV because he hadn't eaten all day. They never did, they did not seem to think my concern was valid. When I picked him up the next day, he was extremely disoriented and could hardly walk. Once we got home an hour later, he started to foam at the mouth uncontrollably and his jaw was locked. Extremely alarmed, my daughter and I rushed him to our local emergency animal hospital. The veterinarian there told us that Batman appeared to be overly sedated and he couldn't open his jaw. He stayed there over night on IV. The next day we were told that there was no change in his condition and that he appeared to have gone blind. We were then told that our best bet was to take Batman to the The Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon. We rushed him to the airport to go to Saskatoon. In the time that we prepared for our flight, Batman's condition got worse and worse. He kept thrashing around in his kennel in a very unnatural and painful way. We arrived at the airport, but realized that Batman would not make it. We did not get on the plane but instead drove back to the emergency vet hospital and put Batman down to relieve him of the extreme pain and distress he clearly was in. After his death, Batman's vet at his regular clinic said that his pain and untimely death was not due to the overdose of drugs that they gave him, but rather that he had a mysterious neurological condition. Only two days before this there was no mention of any neurological condition, nor did he ever have any sort of illness or complication with his brain throughout his entire life. On March 11th we lost our very best friend and companion due to the lack of knowledge, care, accountability, and professionalism of his veterinarians. To become a physician in Canada, students are required to obtain a four year undergraduate degree with specific courses and another five years in medicine. If they desire to be specialized in different types of general anesthesia or surgery, that takes anywhere between two to five additional years of schooling. So to become a physician without specialty, it takes about nine years. With specialty, at least eleven years, specializing on one species: human beings. Pharmacists have five to six years of education. The two professionals work as a team to offer the best possible treatment for the patient. According to beadoctor.ca "the journey to becoming a doctor, including an undergraduate degree, a medical degree and residency training, usually takes a minimum of ten years". According to canadianveterinarians.net to become a doctor of veterinary medicine (DVM) in Canada, six years of university education is required (seven years in Quebec). Less schooling is required even though they must study and learn about different species (cats, dogs, etc). How can six years of school make the veterinarian doctors ready and confident to diagnose, treat patients, perform surgeries, administer general anesthesia, and most importantly dispense medications without a pharmacists involvement? The reason I am sharing my story is because I have now realized that my experience is not unique. I have talked to many friends and acquaintances about Batman's death and they have shared their own similar stories. Our four-legged family members should not have to suffer the consequences of their medical care-giver's incompetence. The purpose of this petition is to prevent future mistakes that are made by veterinarians across Canada. Batman was not just a pet. Losing him is like losing my best friend, my companion, my son. I feel betrayed by his health care professionals. I want to make sure what happened to our family will never happen to anyone else. I want his tragic death to save others. My complaint is not only against one clinic. It is a systemic problem that exists nation wide.
Petition to Justin Trudeau, Tom Mulcair, Elizabeth May, Hon. Lawrence MacAulay, Rhéal Fortin, Kathleen Wynne, Christy Clark, Philippe Couillard, Stephen McNeil, Brian Gallant, Brian Pallister, Wade Maclauchlan, Brad Wall, Rachel Notley, Dwight Ball, Bob Mcleod, Darrell Pasloski, Peter Taptuna, rona ambrose
Ban Battery Cages in Canada
UPDATE: Our new official House of Commons petition is being presented in Parliament! This is our golden to reach the Government. Sign it here: https://petitions.parl.gc.ca/en/Petition/Sign/e-766 Please sign this petition to tell the House of Commons and the Premiers of Canada to bring necessary change for hens being legally abused across our country. In Canada over 90% of egg-laying hens are being trapped in these small cramped “battery” cages their entire lives. When chickens are "living" in these cruel conditions they are unable to perform natural behaviours such as nesting, perching, dust bathing, stretching their wings or even walking around. On average each hen is given less space than a standard sheet of printed paper. Although this already is enough reasons to ban this inhumane practice, battery cages eggs also carry serious food safety risks. A study by the European Food Safety Agency, which analyzed data from 5,000 egg farms in over 20 countries found that eggs from battery hens were twenty-five times more likely to carry salmonella infection than uncaged free run hens! This practice is cruel and unsafe for consumers, which is why it must be banned and forgotten in all of Canada. Below you will find our letter that you send when signing this petition, to the Prime Minister, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, all party leaders in the House of Commons and all Provincial and Territorial Premiers. Dear Justin Trudeau, Lawrence MacAulay, Rona Ambrose, Tom Mulcair, Elizabeth May, Rhéal Fortin, Kathleen Wynne, Christy Clark, Philippe Couillard, Stephen McNeil, Brian Gallant, Brian Pallister, Wade MacLauchlan, Brad Wall, Rachel Notley, Dwight Ball, Bob McLeod, Darrell Pasloski, Peter Taptuna We would first off like to thank you for dedicating your time and effort to our country. We know that as officials elected by the citizens of Canada, you want to help and work for Canadians. The issue of most importance to myself and the Canadians signing the petition to "Ban Battery Cages in Canada" is no other than the issue of battery cages. According to the Canadian Coalition for Farm Animals, over 90% of egg laying hens in Canada are living in battery cages. These are tiny wire cages that chickens live in their entire lives. This not only damages chickens physically, but mentally as well, and studies show battery caged eggs to provide frightening food safety risks for consumers. Battery cages have been used on animals for decades and it is shameful that this inhumane practice continues. When chickens are put in battery cages for their entire lives, they act extremely unusual. Since chickens often die because of the terrible conditions in these cages, it’s not uncommon to find them cannibalizing other chickens. Chickens are smart and social animals that are almost never found doing this when living in regular conditions. According to farm sanctuary, chickens are outperforming dogs and cats on many tests of advanced cognition. The emotional intelligence of chickens is outstanding and far better than we ever thought so. But it’s not just chickens minds that are destroyed in these cages, it’s their bodies too. Chickens suffer feather loss and skin damage due to constant rubbing against the cage and other chickens. Their muscles and bones waste away due to lack of use, and in some cases, their skeletal systems become so weak that their spinal cords deteriorate and they become paralyzed; the animals then die from dehydration. This sad and awful situation is so common that the industry actually has a term for it, “cage fatigue”, and endless investigations show the remaining living birds forced to stand on the rotting, mummified bodies of their cage-mates. And there are even more negative effects on the chickens living in these cages. Since each hen on average is given less space than a standard piece of printed paper (94 square inches), they are unable to stretch their wings or even walk around. They are also neglected of other natural behaviours such as nesting, perching and dustbathing. These are activities that are important to them. To make it even worse for these hens, instead of dust bathing, they are forced to bathe in urine and feces that fall onto them from the hens in cages stacked above. The list of reasons to end this form of farming go on and on. Aside from the disgusting conditions these hens are force to live in, there are terrifying food safety risks to the consumers of battery caged eggs as well. A study by the European Food Safety Agency, which analyzed data from 5,000 egg farms in over 20 countries found that eggs from battery hens were twenty-five times more likely to carry salmonella infection than uncaged free run hens! Along with this, keeping hens in small cramped cages and not allowing them to perform natural behaviors causes exponential stress for these hens. When hens are constantly undergoing considerable stress, they can be more susceptible to diseases and more infectious. Battery cages are providing disgustingly cruel conditions for the hens that produce our food, and terrifying food safety risks to the consumers that eat these eggs. It is up to the the elected Ministers, Federal Leaders and Provincial and Territorial Premiers of our country to create the necessary change for this issue. We must move into the 21st century and ban the practice of battery cages in our egg industry. In conclusion, as concerned citizens of Canada we say to the elected officials working for us: For the sake of our animals, and our people, do the right thing. Thank you.
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 Vancouver Park Board, Vancouver City Hall
NO NEW DOLPHINS - NO NEW WHALES
at the Vancouver Aquarium
Whales and dolphins are highly intelligent and social animals who suffer greatly in captivity. The Vancouver Aquarium used to keep orca whales but after they all died and only one was left in the show tank, public protest and government intervention pushed the Aquarium to ship its last orca away and close that whale tank forever in 2001. On May 24, 2015, another dolphin died at the Aquarium - leaving only one remaining dolphin performing in the show tank. In November 2016, the last two surviving beluga whales died at the Aquarium. The beluga tank is empty. The Aquarium plans to continue bringing performing whales and dolphins to re-fill the tanks, but the Vancouver Park Board has the power to stop that from happening. The remaining dolphin should be shipped away and the Aquarium should close that show tank forever. It was the right thing to do for the orcas and it is the right thing to do for the dolphins and beluga whales. NO NEW DOLPHINS! NO NEW WHALES!