Petition to Catherine McKenna, Dr Stephen Lucas
Ban the Sale of Elephant Ivory in Canada
Will we be the generation that lets elephants become extinct? A shocking 20,000 elephants are killed every year for their ivory. Scientists and conservationists agree that at this rate, both African and Asian elephants will be extinct in the wild within our lifetime. Even so, at the last IUCN World Conservation Congress, Canada was 1 of only 4 countries to oppose the closure of domestic ivory markets across the globe. Ivory is so valuable on the black market that organized terrorism syndicates such as the Lord’s Resistance Army are committing mass slaughter using helicopters 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 our 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 differentiate between old and new ivory without extensive and costly testing. The only way to protect elephants from extinction is to ban ALL elephant ivory trade. China is the largest consumer of ivory in the world. It shut down its domestic ivory trade at the end of 2017. If China can stop their domestic trade, why can’t Canada? On March 1, 2018, the United States lifted the ban on the importation of elephant trophies. If the U.S. cannot protect elephants, there is even more onus on the rest of the world to do all we can to save this iconic species. We feel new legislation can protect both elephants and the indigenous trade of narwhal and walrus. We ask the government of Canada to: 1. ban all domestic trade of elephant ivory; and 2. make the import, export and re-export of all elephant ivory illegal. Let’s make Canada one of the many countries changing their laws to allow the survival of the world’s largest land mammal before it’s too late. Sign for an #ivoryfreecanada. Sincerely,Fran DuthiePresident, Elephanaticswww.elephanatics.org Photo Credit: Larry Laverty
Petition to Lethbridge Police Department
Fire Lethbridge police officer that ran over injured fawn with police cruiser
In the late hours on January 5, a police officer responded to an injured fawn that was hit by a car. The fawn appeared to have broken its back legs. The officer then drove over the fawn with his police cruiser multiple times while the fawn shrieked everytime it was ran over. The officer then stopped his vehicle completely on the fawn until he saw it was dead. He then got out of his vehicle, moved the fawn to the side of the road, and drove off. ASIRT is investigating but this officer still remains on active duty. This is inhumane, and disgusting. Fish and wildlife should have been notified. This officer should no longer be part of the police department for his inappropriate actions! Sign this petition to make it clear to the police department that this officer should be fired!
Petition to MP Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Say NO to the Pacific Herring Roe Fishery
Conservancy Hornby Island is requesting the federal government to shut down the Pacific herring roe fishery planned for March 2019. Again this year, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) has approved the catch of approximately 200 million spawning herring in the Georgia Strait - the last viable herring roe fishery on the coast - without considering what impact this may have on all the other sea creatures who rely on this one species of forage fish. Pacific herring is the basis for the food web that supports the salmon, killer whales and most of the other mammals, seabirds and other creatures who, with us, call this place home. 80% of the chinook salmons' diet is herring, and over 80% of the endangered southern resident killer whales' diet is chinook. The herring fishery is worth little money and produces few jobs. 30 years ago the fishermen got as much as $5000 a ton for the fish, now it is as low as $150 and maybe $700 in a good year. What happened? Japanese taste changed. Where herring roe was once considered a delicacy it is no longer by younger Japanese. Times change and yet DFO keeps allowing this outdated fishery to carry on. Even worse, 90% of the herring are ground up for fish farm food and pet food. Using wild fish for non-human consumption is illegal under the federal Fisheries Act. When 90% of the herring is used for fish farm and pet food is the federal Minister of Fisheries breaking the law? DFO states that management will be guided by the principles of “Ecosystem Based Management" and "Risk Aversion" and "Precautionary Principle" yet DFO management has, in the last 20 years, resulted in the closure of 4 of the 6 major herring stocks on the BC coast. How can we believe that DFO is managing this valuable public resource in the best interests of all of us and our marine ecosystem? The last remaining major Pacific Herring spawn from Washington State to Alaska is in the northern Strait of Georgia from Nanaimo to Comox. Wouldn’t it make sense to leave this stock alone to hopefully rebuild all the herring schools on our coast and the marine life that need them for survival? Please sign this petition now to send your concerns to the politicians who can stop this unsustainable fishery. Then write to the following people who can make this happen: The most effective communication with politicians is by personal letter or email. Please use the points above to write your letter (no postage needed for House of Commons addresses) and/or email to: MP Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister, Fisheries and Oceans CanadaHouse of Commons, Ottawa, Ont. K1A 0A6Jonathan.Wilkinson@parl.gc.ca (604) 775-6333 Fin Donnelly, MP, NDP Critic for Fisheries, Oceans and Coast GuardHouse of Commons, Ottawa, ON, K1A 0A6Fin.Donnelly@parl.gc.ca (613)947-4455 MP Catherine McKenna, Minister of the Environment House of Commons, Ottawa, Ont. K1A 0A6Catherine.Mckenna@parl.gc.ca (613) 946-8682 MP Gord JohnsHouse of Commons, Ottawa, Ont. K1A 0A6Gord.Johns@parl.gc.ca (250) 947-2140 Scott Fraser, MLA, Mid Island-Pacific Rim3945 Johnston Rd, Port Alberni, BC V9Y 5N4scott.fraser.MLA@leg.bc.ca (250) 720 4515 Lana Popham, MLA, Minister of Agriculture260 – 4243 Glanford Avenue, Victoria, BC V8Z 4B9Lana.Popham.MLA@leg.bc.ca (250) 387-1023 To find out more facts about this issue and how you can help, please visit Conservancy Hornby Island. Photo credit: Ian McAllister: pacificwild.org
Petition to RCMP - Grande Prairie (Sexsmith - Alberta)
Charges need to be laid!
ProblemOver the weekend a video surfaced online of two boys beating a coyote to death. Laughing while they slam the still alive animal against their snowmobile. The videos is so disturbing to watch. The boys taunt the animal as they clearly take pleasure in ending its life. The RCMP is undecided as to whether or not charges will be laid. This shouldn’t be a question of if. This inhuman, sociopathic behaviour needs to be punished. Sign of you agree.SolutionCharge the individuals responsible.Personal storySomething needs to be done. These acts of violence against a defenceless animal cannot be tolerated.
Petition to Marc Garneau, Catherine McKenna, Justin Trudeau, Johnathan Wilkinson
Save the Orca Families from Extinction!
Our oceans are the home to families of orcas who are now hungry and living in noisy and polluted waters. The Southern Resident killer whales (orcas) are endangered and require immediate protection, or they will disappear forever. These iconic, intelligent beings live in family pods their entire lives and contribute to the fragile balance of marine ecosystems. There are now only 74 Southern Residents remaining and the time to act is running out. This petition urges Fisheries and Oceans Minister Johnathan Wilkinson and Environment Minister Catherine McKenna to take immediate action and implement an emergency order to protect the endangered Southern Resident orcas who live off British Columbia and Washington State. They are responsible for taking action to implement an emergency order under the Species at Risk Act for these orcas who have been facing imminent human threats to their survival and recovery. They can make a difference and save the orca families from extinction! The three major causes of their rapidly declining population is lack of food, vessel traffic/harassment, and pollution. The emergency order should: Guarantee Safe, Abundant, and Healthy Food - Moratoriums must be implemented to rebuild the presently broken ocean food chain. Harmful fish farms, that threaten wild salmon, must be closed; Stop Vessel Traffic Noise and Harassment; Prevent and Clean up Pollution; Enforce Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) - MPAs must restrict activities, such as fishing, that interferes with and threaten orca’s lives. They must be increased in Canada and the US; Stop Invasive Experiments and the Cumulative Impact of Research on Orcas - As other orca populations are also at low numbers all satellite darting (spearing) and skin biopsies, that permit a pathway for infections and cause deaths, must be stopped. The Southern Resident orcas are counting on us to take action. Please sign and share this petition to ensure their survival. You have signed this petition and you want to take further action? You can contribute to protecting these orcas through making a donation to Lifeforce Foundation through Paypal.
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 Alberta Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley, SPCA, RCMP, Crown Counsel, Honourable Judge
Recommend and approve provincial and federal animal neglect and cruelty charges against April Dawn Irving and, if she is convicted, enforce the maximum penalty available, including a lifetime ban on owning animals under S. 447.1 of the Criminal Code.
April Dawn Irving has been the subject of the seizure of 319 dogs in 3 separate incidents in 2 different provinces over the past 8 years. In the most recent case, 201 dogs were seized from a farm near Milk River, Alberta in January, 2015. The dogs were suffering from numerous injuries and ailments, including “gaping wounds, broken bones and malnutrition.” As if this story wasn’t horrific enough, according to an article by Michael Platt of QMI Agency, in 2007 the Alberta SPCA seized 36 Huskies and Wolfhounds from a northern Alberta kennel run by Irving. In 2010, officers from the Saskatchewan SPCA seized 82 dogs from a property near the town of Leslie, Saskatchewan. In the 2010 case, Irving was charged and convicted under the Saskatchewan Animal Protection Act. She was found guilty of “non-criminal neglect” and fined $5,000, the highest penalty available at the time. She was also banned from owning more than two dogs at a time for a period of 10 years. Unfortunately, prohibitions on animal ownership instituted under provincial legislation are only enforceable in the province in which the prohibition was ordered. Thus, despite the fact that Ms. Irving was banned from owning animals for 10 years in Saskatchewan in 2010, she simply moved to Alberta and was LEGALLY able to own more than 2 dogs in that province. Had she been charged under the Criminal Code of Canada rather than provincial legislation, if convicted, Ms. Irving could have been prohibited from owning animals and that prohibition would have applied across Canada. This is a serious gap in Canada’s animal cruelty and neglect legislation which needs to be addressed. Unfortunately the best that can be done at this time to address situations like this is to charge someone under the federal Criminal Code animal cruelty legislation and, if convicted, order a prohibition under that legislation that can then be enforced across the country. Given April Irving’s previous history and conviction for animal neglect, we respectfully request that decision-makers charge her under the Alberta Animal Protection Act and the Criminal Code of Canada legislation and, if convicted, that they enforce the maximum penalty available, including a prohibition on owning, having the custody or control of or residing in the same premises as an animal or a bird for the rest of her life in accordance with Section 447.1(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada. PETITION FACEBOOK PAGE:https://www.facebook.com/CaptainsLegacy.EndingAnimalAbuse/ TO DONATE TO THE CARE OF THE DOGS: http://aarcs.ca/donate/ LINKS TO NEWS ARTICLES: http://www.sunnewsnetwork.ca/sunnews/straighttalk/archives/2015/01/20150128-194818.html http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/april-dawn-irving-accused-alberta-dog-hoarder-has-history-of-animal-neglect-1.2936432 http://www.winnipegsun.com/2015/01/28/200-badly-neglected-dogs-seized-from-rural-alberta-property http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/april-irving-suspect-in-alberta-dog-neglect-case-1.2936615 http://ckom.com/story/accused-alta-dog-seizure-previously-convicted-sask/527965 http://globalnews.ca/news/91847/court-allows-siezed-dogs-to-be-adopted/ http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/sask-dog-breeder-slams-spca-after-seizure-1.964523
Petition to Hamilton City Council
Ban Plastic Grocery Bags in Hamilton Ontario.
A report from the government of Canada published in 2008 found that Canadians take 55 million plastic bags home per week. This report was published eleven years ago so things are bound to have improved, right? Well, that isn’t the case. In the past eleven years, less than a dozen Canadian cities have established plastic grocery bag bans and few supermarkets here in Hamilton have created plastic shopping bag fees for those who would like or, need to use them. With that, less than 1% of all plastic bags are being recycled so, where do they all go? While some are sent to landfill, the rest end up in our oceans and in the natural environment. It is estimated that around 18 billion pounds of plastic enter the world’s oceans each year, including plastic bags. Plastic shopping bags are especially dangerous for aquatic life since in water, plastic bags tend to resemble what many species eat. In fact, a third of all fish caught in the UK have been found to have consumed some form of plastic. The implications of using one-use plastic bags are bound to worsen as time goes on. The plastic shopping bag alternatives are literally endless. Paper bags, cloth and biodegradable bags, all serve as viable alternatives that could help save this planet, so why don’t we use them? For those reasons, I am calling on the city of Hamilton to ban plastic grocery bags. This petition urges The City of Hamilton to: - Ban businesses of all kinds from providing a plastic shopping bag for the customer to carry merchandise in. - Fine all businesses that provide plastic shopping bags to customers after the ban has been put in place. The ban would exclude: - Plastic wrapping. The ban would include: - Plastic grocery bags. - Plastic shopping bags. As a Hamiltonian, I think that we can have an impact on the sheer amount of plastic being littered every day. Over time, our city alone will prevent thousands, if not millions of plastic shopping bags from ending up in natural environments and will, therefore, save the lives of thousands of animals. Hamilton also lies in the most populated area in all of Canada. By banning plastic bags, we may be able to help promote the banning of plastic shopping bags in cities in the GTA. With the combined force of having prevented millions of plastic bags from being used, the impact of the environment will be evident and incredibly beneficial for the forests, lakes and the animals that inhabit them. By signing this petition, you will be helping thousands of living creatures live safer and happier lives. In addition to that, you will help keep the natural environments that surround Hamilton clean and beautiful so that you and future generations of Hamiltonians can enjoy it. Whether or not preventing the use of a single plastic bag will change the world, is debatable, however preventing the use of millions will most certainly make a difference. Just like this petition, one signature may not make a difference, but many will. For more information, you can read these articles: https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/05/plastics-facts-infographics-ocean-pollution/ https://www.biologicaldiversity.org/programs/population_and_sustainability/sustainability/plastic_bag_facts.html http://www.onegreenplanet.org/animalsandnature/marine-animals-are-dying-because-of-our-plastic-trash/