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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Justin Trudeau, Catherine McKenna
Ban the Sale of Elephant Ivory in Canada
Photo Credit: Larry Laverty Will we be the generation that allows elephants to become extinct? A shocking 96 African elephants are killed every day for their ivory. That is 36,000 elephants a year. At this rate, African elephants could be extinct in the wild in only 8 years. Ivory is so valuable on the black market that organized terrorism syndicates such as the Lord’s Resistance Army are now committing mass slaughter using helicopters, night-vision goggles and AK-47 rifles. In 1980 Africa had more than 1.3 million elephants - today it has approximately 415,000. In less than 40 years, 70% of elephants have disappeared. In 1989, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) made it illegal to sell elephant ivory internationally. But each country makes its own laws regarding the sale of ivory within their borders. When domestic trade is allowed, it permits illegal ivory (poached after 1989) to be sold along with legal ivory because it's difficult to know how old ivory is. The only way to protect elephants from extinction is to ban ALL ivory trade. At the IUCN World Conservation Congress in August 2016, Canada was 1 of only 4 countries to oppose the closure of domestic ivory markets across the globe. Two months later at the CITES conference, Canada voted against placing all elephants in Appendix I - the highest protection level to help prevent extinction. Sadly, the higher protection was not granted. The US - the 2nd largest importer of ivory - banned practically all domestic ivory trade in June 2016. In December 2016, China announced the shut down of its domestic ivory trade by the end of 2017. If China, the largest consumer of ivory in the world, can stop its domestic trade, why can't Canada? We ask the government of Canada to make the import and domestic trade of all elephant ivory illegal. We also request that Canada votes to move all elephants from all range countries to Appendix I at every future opportunity. Sincerely, Fran Duthie - President, Elephanatics www.elephanatics.org
Petition to MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT AND THE SENATE OF CANADA / DE LA CHAMBRE DES COMMUNES ET DU SÉNAT DU CANADA
SUPPORT BILL C-246, THE "MODERNIZING ANIMAL PROTECTIONS ACT"
UPDATE: Bill C-246 was defeated in the House of Commons on October 5, 2016. We are subsequently petitioning the Minister of Justice to immediately undertake a review of the animal cruelty sections of the Criminal Code.Please sign and share the petition:English http://bit.ly/2jlekBVFrench http://bit.ly/2jUI1uvBE SURE TO SEND BACK THE CONFIRMATION EMAIL! Download and circulate the identical paper petition:English http://bit.ly/2ki5yICFrench http://bit.ly/2kqFmIV Join and invite all Canadians to our Facebook Group: http://bit.ly/2j2VlMM [la version française suit] In late 2014, Canada was given a rating of “D” on the animal protection index, one of the main reasons for which was our country’s “archaic anti-cruelty legislation.” In a bid to update this legislation, Nathaniel Erskine-Smith, Member of Parliament for Beaches-East York, has introduced Bill C-246 in the House of Commons. IF THIS BILL IS TO BECOME LAW, IT WILL NEED WIDE SUPPORT FROM MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT AND SENATORS. THIS IS WHERE YOU CAN HELP. By signing this petition (anyone can sign, you do NOT need to be Canadian) you are asking Members of Parliament and Senators to support Bill C-246. Please also take the additional important actions noted below, which are also crucial if this bill is going to pass. THE PETITION, TO MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT AND THE SENATE OF CANADA:We, the undersigned, respectfully request that you support Bill C-246 by voting in favour of the bill when it comes up for reading and adoption in the House of Commons and Senate. ABOUT BILL C-246:Bill C-246 would modernize our animal protection laws and bring them into the 21st century by doing 4 things: ban the import of shark fins; close loopholes and strengthen the Criminal Code's animal protection provisions; and ban the sale of cat and dog fur within Canada and require labeling of source fur. update the definition of bestiality to include all sexual acts between humans and animals (the current legal definition, as decided by the Supreme Court of Canada on June 9, 2016, must include penetration) More information about the Bill is available at the links below. Several animal advocacy organizations have stated their support for Bill C-246, including Animal Alliance of Canada, Animal Alliance Environment Voters Party of Canada, Animal Justice, British Columbia SPCA, Canadian Coalition for Farm Animals, Canadian Federation of Humane Societies, FurBearer Defenders, Humane Society International/Canada, International Fund for Animal Welfare, Montreal SPCA, and Zoocheck. Our organization, Animal Cruelty Legislation Advocates Canada, fully supports the changes proposed by Bill C-246, and thanks MP Erskine-Smith and his team sincerely for their efforts in bringing this important legislation to the House of Commons. OTHER IMPORTANT ACTION TO TAKE:1) Please sign up for our Thunderclap campaign at this link.2) If you are Canadian, please phone your Member of Parliament and ask them to support Bill C-246 (click here to find your MP's contact information). If your MP says they do not support the bill, please see our website for more information about how you can follow up. If your MP says they do support the bill, please be sure to thank them and let them know you will share that information with your friends. If you get a response from your MP, please let us know by e-mailing that information to email@example.com so we can keep a list of which MPs are supporting the bill.BILL C-246 NEEDS OUR SUPPORT IF IT IS GOING TO BECOME LAW. Thank you for signing the petition and/or sending a letter to your Member of Parliament. If you wish to receive further information or participate in this and other animal cruelty initiatives please check out the following Facebook resources by clicking on the links:Animal Cruelty Legislation Advocates CanadaCaptain's Legacy: Ending Animal AbuseLINKS TO FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT BILL C-246:Text of the Bill: http://goo.gl/mWgKZDNews articles:http://www.animaljustice.ca/media-releases/new-bill-would-make-significant-improvements-to-animal-protection-laws-in-canada/http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/barbara-cartwright/animal-cruelty-loopholes_b_9351100.htmlhttp://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2016/03/03/nathaniel-erskine-smith-animal-bill_n_9377286.htmlhttp://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/canadian-politics/kady-omalley-everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-first-batch-of-bills-from-the-backbench Pétition adressée aux membresDE LA CHAMBRE DES COMMUNESET DU SÉNAT DU CANADApour appuyer le Projet de loi C-246,visant la modernisation de la Loi sur la protection des animaux Vers la fin de l'année 2014, le Canada s'est vu attribué la marque «D» d'après l'indice de protection des animaux, principalement en raison de ses lois et de sa réglementation archaïques portant sur la cruauté envers les animaux. Pour remédier à cette situation, Nathaniel Erskine-Smith, député de Beaches-East York, a présenté le Projet de loi C-246 à la Chambre des communes. POUR QUE CE PROJET DE LOI PUISSE ÊTRE ADOPTÉ, IL DOIT ABSOLUMENT OBTENIR LE SOUTIEN D'UN GRAND NOMBRE DE DÉPUTÉS ET DE SÉNATEURS. C'EST POURQUOI, NOUS AVONS BESOIN DE VOUS. En signant cette pétition (toute personne peut la signer, IL N'EST PAS NÉCESSAIRE D'ÊTRE CANADIEN) vous demandez aux membres de la Chambre des communes et aux membres du Sénat du Canada d'appuyer le Projet de loi C-246. PÉTITION ADRESSÉE AUX MEMBRES DE LA CHAMBRE DES COMMUNES ET AUX MEMBRES DU SÉNAT DU CANADA : Nous, ci-après soussignés, vous demandons respectueusement de bien vouloir donner votre appui au Projet de loi C-246 en votant en faveur de son adoption lorsqu'il sera mis aux voix à la Chambre des communes, puis au Sénat. À PROPOS DU PROJET DE LOI C-246 : Le Projet de loi C-246 vise à moderniser nos lois sur la protection des animaux afin de les adapter au 21e siècle en adoptant les trois mesures suivantes : 1. mettre fin à la pratique du coupage des ailerons de requins2. combler les lacunes et renforcer les dispositions du code criminel visant la protection des animaux,3. bannir la vente de la fourrure de chats et de chiens au Canada et exiger la mention de la source de la fourrure sur l'étiquette. Vous trouverez plus de renseignements sur ce Projet de loi en suivant les liens indiqués plus bas. Plusieurs organismes défenseurs des animaux ont déclaré leur appui au Projet de loi C-246, entre autres : Animal Alliance of Canada, Animal Alliance Environment Voters Party of Canada, Animal Justice, la Coalition canadienne pour la protection des animaux de ferme, la Fédération des sociétés canadiennes d'assistance aux animaux, FurBearer Defenders, Humane Society International/Canada, International Fund for Animal Welfare, la SPCA de Montréal et Zoocheck. Notre organisme Animal Cruelty Legislation Advocates Canada, appuie sans réserve les changements proposés par le Projet de loi C-246 et remercie sincèrement le député Erskine-Smith et son équipe pour toute l'énergie qu'ils ont déployée jusqu'ici afin de présenter cette importante mesure législative à la Chambre des communes. AUTRES MESURES IMPORTANTES À PRENDRE (POUR LES CANADIENS SEULEMENT) :Vous êtes Canadiens ? Nous vous demandons de bien vouloir appeler votre député pour lui demander d'appuyer le Projet de loi C-246 (cliquez ici pour trouver les coordonnées de votre député). S'il vous répond qu'il ne soutient pas ce Projet de loi, n'hésitez pas à aller sur notre site web pour obtenir plus de renseignements sur le suivi que vous pouvez faire. Par contre, si votre député déclare qu'il soutient le Projet de loi, n'oubliez pas de le remercier et de lui souligner que vous allez le dire à vos amis. Quand vous obtiendrez une réponse de votre député, veuillez aussi nous le faire savoir par courriel à firstname.lastname@example.org afin que nous puissions dresser une liste des députés qui appuient ce projet de loi. NOUS DEVONS APPUYER LE PROJET DE LOI C-246 SI NOUS VOULONS QU'IL DEVIENNE LOI. Nous vous remercions d'avoir bien voulu signer cette pétition et/ou d'avoir envoyé une lettre à votre député. Si vous voulez recevoir plus de renseignements ou aimeriez participer à ce mouvement ou autres initiatives contre la cruauté envers les animaux, veuillez jeter un coup d'oeil sur les ressources suivantes dans Facebook en cliquant sur les liens : Animal Cruelty Legislation Advocates CanadaPétition - Justice pour Capitaine LIENS POUR D'AUTRES RENSEIGNEMENTS À PROPOS DU PROJET DE LOI C-246 : Texte du Projet de loi : http://goo.gl/mWgKZD Articles dans les médias :http://www.animaljustice.ca/media-releases/new-bill-would-make-significant-improvements-to-animal-protection-laws-in-canada/http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/barbara-cartwright/animal-cruelty-loopholes_b_9351100.htmlhttp://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2016/03/03/nathaniel-erskine-smith-animal-bill_n_9377286.htmlhttp://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/canadian-politics/kady-omalley-everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-first-batch-of-bills-from-the-backbench
Petition to Justin Trudeau, Dr. Stephen Lucas, Honourable Catherine McKenna, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Dominic LeBlanc, Ed Fast, Member of Parliament, Todd Doherty, Member of Parliament, Rona Ambrose, Member of Parliament, Gulf Fisheries Center
You Can Make History - Stop the Canadian Seal Hunt
Every year hundreds of thousands of harp seals, hooded seals and grey seals are ruthlessly murdered in Canada. Most harp seals are murdered under the age of 3 months old. During the seal hunt, companies like PhocaLux International & Northeast Coast Sealers Co-op will target baby seals who have just been weaned from their mother's milk, but aren't yet old enough to swim. The hunters inhumanely shoot the baby seals with shotguns, or club and impale them with sharp picks. The Canadian & provincial governments subsidize the hunt with tax money. Only 1% of people in the provinces earn income from this, which could easily be replaced, as they only earn an average of $20 per baby seal pelt. Over 35 countries including Russia and the EU has banned the import of seal products as inhumane. It is time for Canada to ban this outdated industry. Show leadership during our 150 birthday Canada and stop this barbaric and useless hunt!
Petition to Jane Philpott, Justin Trudeau, Ginette Petitpas Taylor
Make Canada An Animal Testing Free Country by 2020
https://petitions.parl.gc.ca/en/Petition/Details?Petition=e-1018 CANADIANS, Please sign, share & post the above link for parliamentary petition e-1018 that will make Canada an animal testing free country. It is the below change.org petition made into a parliamentary bill which can become law with enough OF YOUR support. E-1018 is supported by federal MP Don Davies. We have 120 days to get as many signatures as possible. So, PLEASE SIGN, SHARE AND POST THE ABOVE LINK AFTER SIGNING THIS PETITION BELOW. YOUR SIGNATURES WILL BE PRESENTED TO THE HOUSE OF COMMONS TO MAKE CANADA AN ANIMAL TESTING FREE COUNTRY. Dear Right Honorable Prime Minister Justin trudeau and GINETTE PETITPAS TAYLOR, the Right Honorable Minister of Health, all parliamentarians and Senators, we are a loving and respectful people that treats the helpless and those that cannot act or speak for themselves as the we treat the best Canadians. Please phase out animal testing in Canada by 2020. Europe is phasing out animal testing by 2025, we can do even better and stop animal testing by 2020. And in the meantime, please ensure that ITR labs of Montreal is independently investigated for throwing and hitting beagle puppies and killing them when they are around one year old. Self-governing and self-policing by such organizations and by the CCAC is not working and has not worked in Canadian history thus far as it relates to lab testing facilities. We also understand that ccac (Canadian Council of Animal Care) has an inherent conflict of interest by receiving funding from those that they investigate (testing facilities and those that they represent). Since ccac receives the majority of its funding from the Canadian government (which comes from we the taxpayers and voters) and since the ccac has never decertified a animal testing lab in the past fifty years of its existence, we ask that the Canadian government fully fund the CCAC to prevent any inherent conflict of interest and make CCAC accountable for their behaviour and practises. We, the people hope the ccac can redeem itself fully with full funding from the government (and no longer accept any lab testing funding) until animal testing is phased out and stopped in 2020. We the people call upon Prime minister Trudeau, all parliamentarians and Senators of Canada to make Canada an animal testing free zone by 2020. We are a people of love, respect and kindness. How we treat the least of us, is how we treat all of us. We know that Canada can do better than a D rating internationally from the World Animal's Animal Protection Index. Please make Canada an animal protected Sanctuary and end all animal testing in labs by 2020.
Petition to John Horgan, Carole James, Lana Popham, Adrian Dix, Rich Coleman, Dr. Andrew Weaver, Lawrence MacAulay
Ban Battery Cages in British Columbia
What’s the first thing you see when you wake up? What if it was a cage? What if every single day you woke up, you saw a cage? Would you enjoy that? I know I wouldn’t, and I know the over two million egg laying hens in B.C. don’t enjoy it either. They also hate being crammed together in these cages with on average less space than a standard piece of printed paper (94 square inches). That tiny space is all they will ever have for their entire lives. They aren’t treated like living animals, they’re treated like machines. They aren’t given a proper place to lay their eggs, nor are anywhere to dustbathe or perch. These are natural behaviours that are important to them, and it is extremely stressful and uncomfortable when they cannot perform these behaviours. To make matters worse, instead of dustbathing, hens are often forced to bathe in urine and feces that fall from other hens in cages stacked above. The list of welfare risks and cruelties that these animals endure on a daily basis is endless, which is why it's up to us to call on the government to ban this cruel and dangerous practice. Please sign this petition to urge Agriculture Minister Lana Popham and the B.C. Government to ban battery cages in our egg industry. This would not only benefit millions of neglected hens, but it would also drastically lower the risk of salmonella infection for B.C. citizens. A study by the European Food Safety Agency, which analyzed data from 5,000 egg farms in more than 20 countries found that eggs from battery caged hens were twenty-five times more likely to carry salmonella infection than uncaged free run hens! Momentum is building in the cage-free movement. Major food chains such as Mcdonald’s, Subway, Tim Hortons and Burger King have committed to sourcing only cage-free eggs in the future. Major grocers such as Loblaws, Metro, Sobeys and Walmart Canada have done the same. Recently, the Egg Farmers of Canada have pledged to end the use of battery cages by 2036. This is a big step in the right direction, but the 2036 timeline is ridiculously drawn-out. If the B.C. government truly cares about the safety of B.C. citizens and B.C. farm animals it must lead by example and ban caged housing in our egg industry, allowing a far shorter timeline. This is simply the right thing to do. - Ned Taylor UPDATE: Like our Facebook page to enhance the fight for a cage-free BC: https://www.facebook.com/Cage-Free-BC-1840004186274923/ Bibliography http://www.bcegg.com/farm-to-table/bc-egg-producers http://www.spca.bc.ca/animal-issues/farm-animal-welfare/farm-animals/egg-laying-hens.html http://www.choosecagefree.org/cage-free-benefits http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/efsajournal/pub/97r http://www.humanefood.ca/battery.html
Petition to Amy McQuaid-England, Rick Kerr, John Henry
Animal Rescues in Oshawa urgently need your help
The city of Oshawa's "Responsible Pet Owners Bylaw" https://www.oshawa.ca/ uploads/16/ ResponsiblePetOwners14-2010. pdf does not currently provide any support or exemption for volunteer rescue organizations who use foster homes to support and rehabilitate dogs & cats in need. Currently, the bylaw allows 3 dogs &/or 6 cats at any given time in one dwelling. In relation to animal rescue, this arbitrary limit has three significant implications. First, it is a love of animals that leads people to volunteer and foster. This dedication often develops from their love of their own animals, meaning that many volunteer foster families end up over the legal limit of 3 dogs &/or 6 cats. These volunteers only want to support animals and do not set out to defy the law. However, without an exemption to support foster families, these dedicated volunteers find themselves at odds with the city bylaws. Second, many of the animals taken in by rescues have been poorly treated prior to coming into the rescue - many have been physically abused or neglected. A shelter is a loud & scary place for any animal but it is especially traumatic for those who have already been abused and are fearful. The place to rehabilitate these animals is in the home setting with other stable animals offering friendship and support to the traumatized animal. Third, limiting the number of animals in foster care with volunteer organizations increases the number of animals in already over-crowded city funded shelters, further limiting available space for strays & other animals in need. Additionally, by comparison, shelters are very expensive (cost of the building, heat, light, staffing...). This costs tax payers' money. After almost a decade of fostering dogs with physical handicaps and fear issues (from abuse & neglect), I now have to stop fostering because I was found to be over the 3 dog limit. Each dog is well fed & cared for, has received appropriate vet care, and the fosters are progressing towards physical and psychological health. However, only the number "3" matters - not the health of the animals, not the emotional impact of moving them before they are ready, not the level of care that they are receiving, not the references offered from the rescue and the vet clinic - only the number "3". Being forced to move dogs out before they are ready and when it is clearly not in their best interest is devastating to me. In 2013, with the assistance of Animal Justice, http://www animaljustice.ca/, the city of Toronto amended their bylaws http://www.toronto.ca/ legdocs/municode/1184_349.pdf to add an exemption for animals in foster care. Amendment 349-5C states that the limit of 3 dogs &/or 6 cats "shall not apply to individual members of a rescue group who are keeping dogs or cats for or on behalf of that rescue group." Note: within this document, a Rescue Group is defined as - "A not-for-profit or charitable organization, registered with Toronto Animal Services, whose mandate and practices are predominately the rescue and placement of animals, and facilitating the spaying or neutering of animals, for animal welfare purposes." This common sense approach supports the animals, the rescue organizations, and the tax payer. We are asking Oshawa City Council to advocate for animals in need and support volunteer rescue organizations by incorporating a similar amendment into Oshawa's Responsible Pet Owners Bylaw.
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!