Petition to Tracey Braun, Krystal Penner, University of Winnipeg
University of Winnipeg: Don't use lethal poison for pigeon control
Beginning January 20th, the University of Winnipeg intends to begin poisoning pigeons with Avitrol - a lethal poison that causes excruciating pain and death. In its announcement, the university stated that the poison is a "scaring agent" as it causes sustained and violent spasms, sentencing birds to agonizingly painful deaths that can last more than four hours. Avitrol is an indiscriminate killer and hazardous to non-target species such as the endangered peregrine falcons who nest just blocks away and for whom pigeons are a primary food source. Avitrol has been banned in a number of Canadian cities because it is hazardous to both humans and domestic animals and poses a risk of water contamination. Many non-lethal strategies to limit pigeon populations are available. There is no reason for the University of Winnipeg to sentence pigeons and other species to such grizzly deaths.
Petition to Councillor Jon Dziadyk, Councillor Andrew Knack, Councillor Mike Nickel, Councillor Michael Walters, Councillor Tony Caterina, Councillor Scott McKeen, Councillor Bev Esslinger, Mayor Don Iveson, Councillor Aaron Pacquette, Councillor Mohinder Banga, Councillor Sarah Hamilton, Councillor Ben Henderson, Coucillor Tim Cartmell
Allow a panel of external elephant experts to examine Lucy
Lucy, a beautiful Asian elephant, arrived at the Valley Zoo on May 19, 1977. She came to Edmonton after being captured in Sri Lanka. Since there were no records of her birth, it was estimated that she was approximately two years of age – so Lucy is estimated to be 43 today! Lucy lived alone at the zoo for approximately 12 years. Then Samantha, a female African elephant, was brought to the zoo to keep Lucy company. In 2007, Samantha was sent to the North Carolina Zoo on a long-term breeding loan and Lucy has been alone since that time. Lucy's life in Edmonton does not even compare with the life she could be living if she was moved to a sanctuary. Currently, she lives a very solitary life with only human contact during “working hours”. Female elephants are highly social and suffer greatly when kept in isolation. Edmonton's freezing winter weather and the zoo's policy of locking Lucy indoors when the zoo is closed means that Lucy spends the majority of her time in a small barn. When she is allowed outside, she is restricted to an enclosure that is approximately one-half acre in size. Lucy exhibits signs of mental distress and has health issues—including upper respiratory problems, arthritis, obesity, and chronic foot ailments —attributable to inadequate conditions for the health and well-being of an elephant. Both elephant and animal welfare experts agree that Lucy’s chronic health issues are exacerbated by being housed in a northern climate, which subjects her to confinement on cold, hard flooring, for the majority of the time. They also agree that her diseases are both chronic and advanced, and that she needs better living conditions and a more comprehensive program of medical attention than can be provided at the Valley Zoo in Edmonton. Lastly, they argue that keeping a female elephant alone, runs contrary not only to what science knows of elephants, but also national and international zoo association recommendations. Despite strong scientific evidence, the City of Edmonton is resolute in their claim that Lucy is a well-adjusted healthy elephant overall and just fine where she is. In defense of their inaction in moving her to a sanctuary, they claim that Lucy is “too sick to move” and have convinced the media and their citizens that the “move will kill her”. However, they have never provided any medical evidence to that effect and have refused to broadened access to external experts to examine Lucy, continuing to allow only one external veterinarian to see her. A number of experienced and renowned veterinarians world-wide have offered their support and services (at no cost to the City), yet the City and Zoo continue to insist that they have Lucy’s situation well in hand. Nonetheless, her condition continues to go undiagnosed – a situation that results in on-going pain and suffering for Lucy. Please sign this petition asking the Mayor and City Council of Edmonton to ensure that Lucy is examined by an independent panel of elephant experts (a minimum of 9) to determine her medical condition (if any) and evaluate her “fitness” to travel to sanctuary. The experts chosen would be selected and agreed upon by both the City of Edmonton and Zoocheck Canada in order to ensure impartiality – affording the best advice for Lucy and all that care about her.
Petition to Premier John Horgan, Honourable Andrew Weaver, Honourable Doug Donaldson, Honourable George Heyman, Tom Ethier, Elizabeth May, Opposition to Lengthen Wolf Trapping Season on Vancouver Island
Save B.C. Wolves!
January 15, 2015: B.C. Government green-lights controversial wolf hunt in the South Selkirk and South Peace regions. As many as 184 wolves to be shot from helicopters. January 20, 2016: Courts asked to rule on B.C.'s controversial wolf cull: Pacific Wild and Valhalla Wilderness Society have filed an application for a judicial review to determine whether the provincial government’s decision to cull wolves reasonably constitutes proper management of wolves. May 3, 2016: Wolf kill numbers nearly double in 2016: Year two of five of the B.C. government’s tax-payer-funded wolf kill project is now complete, with the government announcing today their aerial snipers virtually doubled the body count. January 20, 2017: BC government admits culling of wolves is inhumane, yet still considers cull expansion. February 24, 2017: Governments of Canada and of British Columbia conclude study on protection of southern mountain caribou. March 26, 2017: Last day to submit public comment on Protection Study for Southern Mountain Caribou (Central Group) in BC, intended to inform provincial and federal decision-making with respect to the ongoing protection and recovery of southern mountain caribou populations and their critical habitat. January 10, 2018: Proposed BC-Canada Agreement to Protect Mountain Caribou Is Toothless January 19, 2018: The B.C. government is proposing to increase the wolf trapping season on Vancouver Island in a misguided attempt to preserve deer populations Three years later, these headlines continue today. Decades of habitat destruction and human encroachment have left B.C.’s mountain caribou on the edge of survival. Instead of protecting critical food and habitat for caribou, such as the lichen rich interior forests, the B.C. government has now placed the blame on wolves. Wolves are now being targeted for aerial killing and expanded legalized hunting and trapping of wolves. These highly social and intelligent animals, icons of our natural heritage, should not be killed because of government negligence. Killing all the wolves in B.C. won’t bring the caribou back in the absence of habitat protection. Wolves are social animals which are integral to ecosystem function. It is the view of Pacific Wild that they deserve protection and should not be exterminated because the B.C. government has continually failed to protect and recover enough habitat for caribou. Gross mismanagement of species at risk in B.C., a province with no endangered species law, results in unethical culls of predators and competing species, such as cougars and moose. There are solutions and alternatives to protecting B.C.'s caribou, but killing animals should not be one of them. ***(PLEASE NOTE you are NOT donating to Pacific Wild when asked after you have signed the petition - you are donating to change.org) Learn more and support the campaign to end the wolf kill and educate the public about this issue. Go to: www.pacificwild.org to learn more and take action Share through social media: @pacificwild #saveBCwolves #WarOnWolves Connect with us on Facebook, Instagram and TwitterContact Pacific Wild: email@example.com Pacific Wild is a B.C. based non-profit wildlife conservation organization and a leading advocate for changes to wolf management in British Columbia. www.pacificwild.org
Petition to Kathryn McGarry, Justin Trudeau, Canada Goose
Ban Leg-Hold Traps in Canada
Scared, hungry, thirsty, sick, cold, and trapped for days; this is the reality for animals caught in leg-hold traps. Yet in Canada, every province and territory still has legal leg-hold traps. The problem these traps have is the abrupt force put onto an animals limb, leaving the animal in extreme pain. The animals caught in leg-hold traps are left trapped in a panic for days, and sometimes even up to a week. Leg-hold traps are used to kill coyotes (one example) for the trim around the hoods of Canada Goose jackets. Canada Goose claims they receive their fur from "ethical" sources. Is leaving an animal immobilized, keeping them from eating, caring for their young, or finding shelter ethical? Is leaving coyotes trapped to die of dehydration, infection, disease, and/or frostbite ethical? Is shooting the coyote, after being stuck in a leg-hold trap for days, or a week, ethical? In some cases, animals have chewed off their own limbs in order to free themselves from the trap, leaving them with broken bones and teeth. Leg-hold traps are not an ethical way in which an animal can be killed. In some cases, the leg-hold traps can close on other parts of animals, such as their heads. There have also been cases where domesticated animals, such as dogs, have been found caught in these traps. In January 2017, there were 5 different cases in which a pet cat and 4 pet dogs were caught in traps meant to catch animals for fur. Out of these 5 cases, one dog died, one dog broke his neck, and the others were left with minor injuries. By banning leg-hold traps, we can begin a movement to completely ban genuine fur in Canada. For now, coyotes at least deserve the chance to die in a more "ethical" (loosely used words) way. Animals deserve the right to not be used and killed only for a fur trim. They deserve a life where they choose their actions and roam around freely without the chance of having a leg-hold trap snap on their legs. Canada Goose not only represents their brand negatively, but most importantly all of Canada. Our name is on their logo. I stand with PETA in supporting the end to leg-hold traps. I support an end to the use of fur for clothing. Join me.
Petition to Waterfront Toronto and City Parks Staff
Build off-leash dog parks on City land in the Central Waterfront
There are hundreds, maybe thousands, of people living in condominium units in this area. Many of them own dogs who need outdoor places to play and do what dogs do. The by-laws require that they be leashed at all times on public property. The closest off-leash parks right now are in Coronation Park to the west and Clarence Square to the north. These parks are a long walk or bus ride away from our homes. We take our pets to the closer parks like Roundhouse and Ann Tyndall, but the dogs must stay leashed. How can they chase a ball or play with each other? We tried the official application process in June 2015 and have heard little since. Please help us set up a safe, fenced area for canine fun!
Petition to Michael Medline, Thrifty Foods
Eliminate live lobster tanks from your local Grocery stores!
This petition calls on major grocery chains including Sobeys Inc and those within its management (Thrifty Foods and Price Chopper) to end the use of live lobster tanks in stores across Canada. Studies show that lobsters have more complex emotions/behaviours and awareness than first thought. The fact that they are solitary creatures and forced into tanks with dozens of other lobsters is stressful and unethical. These tanks have been around since my childhood, and thus have been normalized, but, when you think about it - a) we take these solitary creatures out of their natural environment, b) transport them for long periods of time, and c) store them in crowded tanks in stores for ‘a month or longer’ to then be boiled alive (staff are not allowed to ‘kill’ them before boiling them, and despite popular belief, they do not die immediately.) I understand that eliminating live lobster tanks is not a small undertaking but, it is possible! John Mackey, the reputable CEO of Whole Foods, a 16-billion dollar grocery store, immediately ceased selling live lobsters in-store, after a 7-month internal investigation, given that their findings did not satisfy their requirements for the ethical treatment of these crustaceans. They now will only sell frozen raw and cooked products from suppliers with strict guidelines for the humane treatment of lobster. At this time, their main supplier is Clearwater seafood out of Nova Scotia! To be clear, the goal here is not to eliminate jobs or to reduce lobster fishing, as I know many families rely on this source of income, simply to fine tune the process to effectively reduce unnecessary animal suffering for our personal nutrition. I have begun conversations with Sobeys’ sustainable team and, in an effort to show public support in this endeavour, I am asking that you: 1) Please sign and forward this petition to as many people as you can or 2) Contact your local grocery store manager and/or 3) Express your concerns on site when shopping. Thank you for your support!
Petition to Shannon Phillips, Liz Breakey, Jerry Arshinoff, Constituency Office, Andre Corbould, Rob Simieritsch, Kelly Williams, Jason Caswell, Matt Besko, Ron Bjorge, Travis Ripley, Katherine Ganley, Rachel Notley, Justin Trudeau
INJURED BLACK BEAR REQUIRES MEDICAL ASSISTANCE
For at least the last 3 weeks a young black bear has been wandering in a farmer’s field south of Calgary, along Trans Canada Highway and Highway 22. This bear has sustained an injury, and will not put weight on its left hind leg. The Cochrane Ecological and Wildlife Society has offered to help this bear who is needlessly suffering. They have the facilities to rehabilitate and house this black bear. The Provincial Wildlife Act does state that the Minister may, in writing and in the prescribed form, transfer the Crown’s property in wildlife on terms and conditions that the Minister considers appropriate and that are specified in the transfer instrument. As the Minister you have the right to transfer ownership of this bear from the Province to the Cochrane Ecological and Wildlife Society. I put it to you that it is your moral duty to allow the citizens capable of alleviating this bear's pain to exercise their right to answer to their own moral compasses. A spokesman for the Government stated that “The best thing to do is let it recover naturally”. This representative does not have a degree in veterinary medicine, nor a related degree or diploma that would make him a subject matter expert. It would be impossible, even for a veterinarian, to diagnose an animal and provide a prognosis based on visual inspection from a great distance. This bear, at the very least, deserves an assessment of the injury. The bear should not have to live the next several months in pain and possibly succumb to infection, or starvation, when it may well be easily corrected. Wildlife suffers daily from illness and injury due to human contact, be it our sprawling construction, our vehicles through their habitat, both on our highways and with our off road vehicles. It behooves us, then, to also step in to benefit injured wildlife. As an Albertan and a Canadian, I pride myself in helping others which includes all animals. We live in a society in which we have the means to help this bear. Our society can not stand by and watch this bear suffer and possibly die a prolonged death. Mahatma Gandhi eloquently stated “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” I ask that Honourable Minister of Environment and Parks, Shannon Phillips, issue a temporary permit to allow this black bear a chance at rehabilitation and treatment of its injuries. Thank you so much for signing my petition. Please share.
Petition to Justin Trudeau
STOP THE CANADA COMMERCIAL SEAL HUNT: Don't Seal Their Fate.
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