Canada's humane societies and SPCAs have been telling their own individual stories since the 1800s, but we haven't had the chance to tell the collective, Canadian story until now. A new, first-of-its-kind sector report just released by the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies gives us that bigger picture view.
Experts say he's showing signs of mental decline.
For the most part, Canadians are a kind and polite people. We help each other, we donate to causes, we rally against injustice and we mind our manners. But our weakness is that we often believe things are better than they actually are. For one, we're loathe to admit that bestiality happens in Canada and often coincides with child sexual abuse.
Compassionate Canadians should boycott rodeos and speak out against the treatment of rodeo animals. They are not the willing "athletes" that rodeos claim they are. They are victims of abuse and anyone who believes in kindness to animals should not stand on the sidelines while they suffer.
The saga of Nosey the Circus Elephant is back in the limelight, with dissident voices getting louder. Despite nearly 200 animal welfare violations, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has recently renewed Hugo Liebel's license, so the ailing animal can be exploited for human entertainment, decries People for Ethical Treatment of Animals PETA.
Until this law was passed, there was no distinction between a car and a cat in terms of legal rights. Anyone who has ever lived with a pet knows that animals experience emotions and feel both physical and psychological pain, but this is the first time in North America that these basic truths have been entrenched in law.
Animals got their day in court last week, thanks to Animal Justice. The energy in the courtroom was palpable. This is the first time the Court is considering legislation that protects animals from harmful conduct, and our legal arguments may make all the difference.
The BC SPCA received over 8,800 complaints in 2014 alone.
Those who find kinship and connection with all creatures of this Earth. And, with a steady hand, reach out to help.