Petition to Justin Trudeau, Jonathan Wilkinson, Senator Michael L. MacDonald
End the cruel shark fin trade in Canada
Sharks have been swimming in our oceans for 420 million years - 200 million years before dinosaurs walked the earth. Today many species are in trouble. As apex predators, sharks play an important role in the ecosystem by maintaining the species below them in the food chain and serving as an indicator for ocean health. The demand for shark fins for delicacies such as shark fin soup means sharks are one of the most exploited species on the planet. Fins from up to 73 million sharks end up in the global fin trade every year. Shark finning is a brutal and wasteful practice. When a shark’s fins are cut off it is often still alive, then the shark is tossed back into the ocean where, without its fin, it will drown, bleed to death, or be eaten alive by other fish. Shark finning is illegal in Canadian waters; however, Canada is the largest importer of shark fins outside of Asia. Demand is growing in Canada, according to Statistics Canada more than 170,000 kilograms of shark fins were imported in 2017. This is more than a 60 per cent increase from the volume imported five years ago in 2012. More alarming, research shows the fins of several endangered and threatened sharks — including whale sharks, great hammerhead sharks and short fin mako sharks — are being sold in our country. Of the fin samples collected, an astounding 76 per cent were from threatened species. The good news, many Canadians want to see our government ban the trade of shark fins! Canadian filmmaker Rob Stewart exposed the fin trade to a global audience in his 2006 movie. Sharkwater. In theatres October 19, 2018, Sharkwater Extinction, the late filmmaker's final film, continues to further expose the illegal shark fin industry and pirate fishing trade. Kendra, an advocate from Delta B.C, turned her lifelong love of sharks into a petition calling on her local government to ban the sale and trade of shark fins. This petition has received over 64,000 signatures, illustrating how much Canadians care about this issue. Her local Mayor’s response was clear, they need senior levels of government to take action on a national level. Bill S-238 will stop the import and export of shark fin. This Bill seeks to end the import of shark fins into Canada. In the spring of 2018 the bill was unanimously passed by the Senate Fisheries committee, where it was strengthened to ban shark fin exports. Now the House of Commons needs to pass Bill S-238 so that it can become a law. Canada needs to be a world leader in protecting sharks and a nationwide ban on the import and export of shark fins is the best way to ensure that Canada is not supporting shark finning. Add your name now and tell Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard Jonathan Wilkinson to support the passage of Bill S-238 to end the cruel and inhumane practice of shark finning. Please join the movement to protect sharks and the environment, sign and share this petition! #FinBanNow Image credit: Rob Stewart For more information: Canadian filmmaker Rob Stewart exposed the fin trade to a global audience in his movie 2006 Sharkwater. Tragically Rob died while in production on his third movie Sharkwater Extinction. The film will be in theatres starting October 19 Ending the importation of shark fins in Canada: Presentation to the Senate Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans https://oceana.ca/en/publications/reports/ending-importation-shark-fins-canada-presentation-senate-standing-committee Bill S-238 http://www.parl.ca/LegisInfo/BillDetails.aspx?Language=E&billId=8884535 Shark finning bill passed unanimously by committee; moves on to Senate https://ipolitics.ca/2018/02/09/shark-finning-bill-passed-unanimously-committee-moves-senate/ Shark fin soup – a recipe for extinction - Senator Michael MacDonald https://sencanada.ca/en/sencaplus/opinion/shark-fin-soup-a-recipe-for-extinction-sen-macdonald/ DNA analysis of traded shark fins and mobulid gill plates reveals a high proportion of species of conservation concernhttps://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-017-10123-5
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End The Tragedy Of Horse Blood Farms
Although bleeding one’s victims until they are emaciated and weak may sound like the horrifying work of vampires, many will be surprised to learn about a very real industry in South America that preys on the blood of horses in order to turn a profit.Horse blood farms in Argentina and Uruguay collect blood from pregnant mares to supply the agricultural industry worldwide with a hormone that regulates and synchronizes the ovulation cycles of pigs, cattle and sheep. This hormone is known as Pregnant Mare’s Serum Gonadotropin (PMSG), and its production is a multi-million dollar international business.Numerous animal welfare violations have been identified on these blood farms: Violent handling of mares during the blood extraction process Installations and methods of restraint posing a high risk of injury Emaciated and cachectic horses left unattended on vast pastures, as well as weak, dull, lethargic horses Sick, injured and lame horses left untreated No veterinary supervision or care observed Horses dying on the pastures without euthanasia Abortions carried out systematically Insufficient or nonexistent hoof care Lack of man-made shelter or dry resting area. Horses who survive the repetitive cycle of impregnation, blood extraction, and abortion are so weakened that they are no longer able to become pregnant. Such horses are either left to die in fields or are shipped to slaughter.Please view this excellent video by Animal Welfare Foundation/Tierschutzbund Zurich provides more information on the cruelties of the horse blood trade in South America: https: //www. youtube. com/watch?v= Rc1rhfMVIO8 . For further information, please read the November Newsletter of the Canadian Horse Defence Coalition on the blood farms, the extraction process, and the conditions these mares endure - http://hosted-p0.vresp.com/1032343/5c21a090ab/ARCHIVE?fbclid=IwAR3094tRBgbYLlTQY2HKyw84nqAlZgbdL3STzM1jvrTgLEMbKe9B3yQnz9AThe tentacles of this gruesome industry have even reached Canada, one of many countries where the product is sold! Please add your voice to a rising tide of opposition against this cruel practice.We petition: 1) Mr. Greg Shewfelt, President, Partnar Animal Health, firstname.lastname@example.org, to stop importing PMSG from South America and to sell synthetic alternatives to PMSG instead. 2) Jean Szkotnicki, President, Canadian Animal Health Institute (CAHI), email@example.com, to stop supporting the import of PMSG from South America and to support the sale of synthetic alternatives to PMSG instead. Partnar Animal Health is a full member of CAHI. 3) The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association https://www.canadianveterinarians.net/contact/default.aspx whom we encourage to take a leading position against the use of horses for the production of PMSG.
Petition to West Edmonton Mall
Free the Sea Lions in West Edmonton Mall
Summary: Sea lions do not belong in captivity and we must end their suffering by ensuring their release. The issue: For years sea lions have been held captive in West Edmonton Mall forced to perform. It’s unarguably inhumane. With the recent passing of bill S 203 banning the breeding and captivity of cetaceans (whales), the government of Canada has recognized ethical issues with keeping marine life captive. The sea lions do not belong in captivity and they need to be released. Find more information here. https://www.google.ca/amp/s/www.thedodo.com/amphtml/archive/captive-sea-lions-perform-in-mall-with-dark-historyTake action! As a society we can not allow the exploitation of animals. Few individuals are profiting from the direct pain and misery of innocent creatures. We have the power to end these animals misery. Sign today.
Petition to All Governments
Ban pig cages
It is unbelievable, inhumane, unbearable to think living beings that can make good companions, that are very bright, that are loving, sentient, beings are being confined to cages that suppress their every movement!
Petition to Ms. Li Xiao Lin
Compassion for Canines - Ending the Yulin Dog Festival
As a fellow dog owner and lover, I was heartbroken to hear that thousands of dogs are brutally tortured and eaten in Yulin, China every year during a 10-day stretch in June. And yes, sadly it's scheduled to continue on as planned this summer. What's even worse is that many of the dogs transported to The Yulin Dog Meat Festival are pets that have been snatched off of the street near their family homes... still wearing their collars. Once they arrive in their cramped cages (if they don't succumb to any injuries received during transportation) they are slaughtered in heinous ways in open markets and, shockingly enough, sometimes next to elementary schools. If you, like me, know that this brutality needs to end, join me in taking a stand for canine compassion.I will be organizing events over the next few months in Vancouver, B.C. If you are in the area, feel free to join! All proceeds received will be used to promote education, rescue dogs/cats from slaughter, and locate new homes for survivors.The more we are a choir, the more the tune is forced to change.-Maria
Petition to Ginette Petitpas Taylor
Ban Testing Tobacco On Animals in Canada
The lives of animals matter too! Animals are such amazing creatures, which are vital to the world and how it runs. We need to love and care for these animals. They are exactly as we, and they don't deserve to go through torment, torture and harm; endangering their lives for products that will, in the end endanger our lives as well. The majority of the population have known for decades that smoking cigarettes cause diseases in nearly every organ of the body, yet we still continue to manufacture these health damaging products, and continue to target harmless animals to conduct cruel, irrelevant lab tests on. With immense research, I have found that many people don't even realize that animals are still being used for these tests; being forced to breathe in the cigarette smoke for up to six hours straight, for many years, or, for how long it takes for them to pass, due to internal complications. From dogs and monkeys to smaller animals like mice and rats, have been forced to breathe in smoke, or they apply cigarette tar directly to the skin, to forcefully induce the growth of cancer/ tumors. Animal tests are not only extremely cruel, but are irrelevant to the health of humans. Each animal has a different system, which put forth different reactions at different times, with different strengths and effects. Humans aren't exposed to cigarette smoke as directly, in the same time frame and manner as the animals that are being tested. Creating the irrelevance of these tests, because they aren't realistic. Many animal activists, and privately owned organizations have been pushing to end the continuous experiments on animals for more than a decade. The population of different species of animals are slowly declining due to hunting (both legally and illegally), illegal killing for trade (furs, horns, ivory, skin, and more), keeping animals in unliveable captivity, the melting of the ice, the changing of climate, animal cruelty, and tobacco testing. All in which are an unnatural decline to the environment, breaking the natural growth and decline in population that should only be controlled by the other animals. That is the way it is supposed to be, exactly how it was before humans came along and started destroying their habitats and killing off each individual species. Without humans, the animal populations would be thriving, because there would be no human beings there to damage it. So many species are endangered, and are becoming endangered because of humans. Yet many people don't realize that our world is going to die if we continue the way we are, without fighting to save the animals. Once they are all gone, the human population is going to diminish until we are no more, because the animals are what sustain our life here on earth. Earth has just become something that many take for granite. We should be putting the money used to create lab experiments towards helping people with tobacco addictions so that harm to animals can end. With your help I believe the voices of the animals can finally be heard. Please help to ban tobacco product and ingredient testing on animals. Their lives matter too.
Petition to Lisa Helps
City of Victoria: Ban Horse Drawn Carriages
CITY OF VICTORIA: BAN THE HORSE-DRAWN CARRIAGES.City of Victoria Mayor and Council, we call on you to take action for the safety, health, and integrity of the horses used in the horse-drawn carriage industry in Victoria B.C., and for the visitors and citizens who live here. WHEREAS past efforts to regulate the horse-drawn carriage industry have not stopped collisions in the streets or inhumane treatment of the horses used in this industry. Currently, there is virtually no regulation or public oversight of this industry. AND WHEREAS in the last 20 years, Victoria has experienced dozens of collisions, accidents, and safety concerns involving the horse-drawn carriages which threaten the lives and safety of the horses, visitors, and residents in our city. AND WHEREAS there is documented evidence of improper maintenance of the carriage equipment placing horses, drivers, and pedestrians at risk. AND WHEREAS there is documented evidence of careless and reckless operation of the horse carriages by those driving them in the streets. AND WHEREAS there is evidence the City of Victoria is losing $20,000 in annual revenue from the current rental agreement established between the City and the horse carriage companies. AND WHEREAS it has been documented that carriage companies pollute water systems by disposing horse urine and feces directly into storm drains against city bylaws. AND WHEREAS documentation of Victoria horse carriage horses feet indicate improper and inadequate care which has been condemned by certified farriers, and which has led to a cruelty complaint being filed with the BC SPCA. AND WHEREAS research indicates that the “bit” used to communicate with the horses in the Victoria horse carriage industry causes them pain and discomfort which can lead to chronic physiological and psychological health issues. AND WHEREAS recent footage of horses collapsing and struggling to get up exemplify the lack of professionalism of the carriage operators and reinforce the inappropriateness of horses working on city streets. THEREFORE WE, THE UNDERSIGNED, urge the City of Victoria’s Mayor and Council to act in the interests of the horses used in the horse carriage industry, as well as the interests of citizens and visitors of the City by passing a resolution for a phasing out of the horse carriage industry, leading to a natural ban to be effective Dec 31st, 2018. Thank you for signing Jordan Reichert Victoria Horse Alliance www.banhorsecarriagesvictoria.org
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.