Every year at this time, we hold our collective breath in anticipation of the death that will inevitably come at the Calgary Stampede and usually it involves a horse in the Chuckwagon races. Since 2000 nearly 40 horses have been killed during theses races – the only year that didn’t have a death was 2003.
We are now halfway through 2019, and it’s shaping up to be a very good year for animals. In the next few days Canadians can reasonably expect four new measures that advance animal welfare to become law – signaling a significant shift in the way we are thinking about the legal framework that governs animal protection.
Humane Canada is pleased to see Solicitor General Sylvia Jones commitment to develop robust animal protection legislation that provides transparency and accountability. Today’s announcement is a step forward to improve animal safety in communities across Ontario.
Last week Bill C-84 which broadens the definition of bestiality as well as updating the animal fighting section of Canada’s Criminal Code, passed a third reading in the House of Commons While it’s clear how these important changes will protect animals from sexual abuse and violence, many people may be unaware of how Bill C-84 strengthens our protection of children.
One Woman for Humane Canada member inspired by another! Marta Etynkowski describes her experience of seeing Dr. Charu Chandrasekera speak about her journey, which took her from being a practitioner of animal testing to a leader in Canada's fight to end it.
It is vital that we join together as women to use our power, influence and resources to improve the lives of animals in Canada. After all, we are at the forefront of this movement and in the best position to make change for animals.
Year in Review: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly in Canadian #AnimalWelfare for 2017. Learn about the wins, the losses and the things that made us shake our heads.
Have you heard that CFHS is presenting Canada’s first national conference on the violence link in December? If you aren’t familiar with the violence link, it’s the proven link between violence against animals and violence against people. This can manifest in many ways, including a pet being harmed or killed after a woman leaves an abusive relationship or a serial killer practicing his or her abuse on animals before moving on to human beings. Over the last decade, this pattern has come to be known as the violence link. We now know that, not only does animal abuse co-occur with human abuse, but it can predict future violence against human beings. In fact, animal abuse is more clearly correlated to family violence than mental illness, drinking or drug abuse.
When many of us hear about cat overpopulation, we picture an overabundance of cats in animal shelters and not enough families to adopt them – a situation that can have tragic consequences, including the risk of euthanasia. The number of cats needing homes rises as new litters of kittens are born and eventually surrendered to shelters. What most people don’t tend to understand is that, based on the sheer number and reproductive rates, the overall contribution of unowned free-roaming cats to cat overpopulation is much greater than owned cats, and this is what needs to be curtailed. But what’s the best way?