Please note: Humane Canada™’s position statements are in the process of being reviewed internally. The revised statements will be added to this page as they are completed.
As Canada’s federation of SPCAs and humane societies, Humane Canada™ drives positive, progressive change to end animal cruelty, improve animal protection and promote the humane treatment of all animals. We are the convener and representative of the largest animal welfare community in Canada, advancing the welfare of animals with a strong national voice by promoting animal welfare interests and concerns to government, policy makers, industry and the public.
- Humane Canada™ believes that each animal possesses intrinsic value, remarkable complexity and inherent dignity and, as such, is deserving of respect and moral concern.
- Humane Canada™ advocates universal humane treatment, care and protection of all animals.
- Humane Canada™ insists that all animals used by humans be provided with high levels of care to ensure their health, comfort and behavioural needs.
- Humane Canada™ advocates habitat protection and enhancement for the well-being of animals in the wild.
HUMANENESS TOWARDS ANIMALS
Humaneness means treatment of an animal in a manner that ensures its welfare and well-being in circumstances where a human is or should be exercising care, custody, control or use of an animal. A person responsible for an animal must provide living conditions, necessities of life and care suitable to the circumstances and in accordance with the normal psychological and physical needs of the animal.
Humane treatment of an animal precludes cruelty and involves every possible effort to avoid or reduce pain, suffering or injury.
A humane death occurs when an animal is killed in a manner whereby it dies instantly without panic or pain or whereby it is rendered instantly unconscious with inevitable subsidence into death without regaining consciousness.
Humaneness involves sensitivity toward all life in compliance with ethical, moral and legal principles. Human members of the animal kingdom have the responsibility to be humane in the ways they act or fail to act with respect to other animals. Humans who have care, custody, control or use of animals must be diligent in exercising this responsibility.
Humane Canada™ has established detailed position statements on the following animal welfare issues:
- Animals as Prizes and Gifts
- Community Cats (Free-roaming abandoned and feral cats)
- Companion Animal Overpopulation
- Dangerous Dogs
- Medically Unnecessary Procedures
- Pet Identification
- Selective Breeding of Companion Animals
- Sources for Acquiring a Pet
- Wild or Exotic Animals as Pets
Through the generosity of people like you, our work has made a difference in the lives of Canada's animals. Your gift to Humane Canada™, also known as the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies, allows us to drive positive, progressive change to end animal cruelty, improve animal protection and promote the humane treatment of all animals.
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Women for Humane Canada
Women for Humane Canada™ is a circle of Canadian women who believe in the power of making change happen for animals.
By joining forces with like-minded women across Canada – women who are thought leaders in animal welfare and willing to invest in change – we are making much-needed improvements to animal cruelty laws, improving enforcement in Canada and elevating public thinking about the role of animals in society.
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Women for Humane Canada believes in the power of making change happen for animals. That is why we are joining forces with like-minded women across Canada – women who are thought leaders in animal welfare and willing to invest in change. We need to improve the laws, improve enforcement and elevate public thinking about the role of animals in society.
Did you know that the welfare of animals has a direct link to the welfare of women and children?
Did you know that violence against animals is a societal issue linked to violence against women and children?
In fact, animal abuse is an early indicator of potential child and woman abuse. If we can effectively prosecute animal neglect and cruelty, we may also succeed at preventing future human tragedies. We need to get at these core issues as a society in order to make real change happen and create a better Canada for all of us.
Why Women for Humane Canada?
You may not know that, across Canada, women fill more than 70% of the leadership positions in animal welfare organizations, and they represent the largest group of donors.
We know what we want to achieve, but we need bigger thinking and bolder ambitions to get animal welfare on the national agenda. We are committed to investing in this future by developing Canadian animal welfare indicators, which will measure progress on issues of concern in Canada. These will help to determine current welfare gaps and guide our goal of creating a life worth living for all animals.
Women for Humane Canada is the Leadership Giving Circle of Humane Canada. Your donation of $1,200.00 can be done in one contribution or monthly.
Join Women for Humane Canada as we come together to share thinking, invest our time and talent, build financial resources and make a real impact on the lives of animals ... start today.
Find out more today. Download our information package or email Derek deLouché, Director of Resource Development, Humane Canada, or call (613) 224-8072 ext. 17.
2019 has so far been a good year for animals and your generosity makes this possible. Over the summer, Canadians celebrated the passing of three new animal welfare bills. This signals a significant shift in the way we think about the legal framework that governs animal protection. We are now engaged in making sure animal welfare is on the minds of a new federal government but we need your help.
A gift of just $5 each month will provide the steady funding that fuels Humane Canada's ongoing action for animals. Will you give to help Canada's animals?
This is your opportunity to #BeTheMovement for #HumaneCanada. Join Canadians just like you who believe in positive, progressive change for animals. A humane nation is within our grasp, but it will take all of us standing together as one big community to make it happen.
The relationship between violence against people and animals is commonly known as the Violence Link. Evidence-based research shows that violence against animals and violence against people are not distinct or separate problems. Rather, they are part of a larger pattern of violent crimes that often co-exist. Cases of partner abuse, gang violence, youth crime, assault, homicide, sexual assault and child abuse also commonly include animal abuse.
The Canadian Violence Link Coalition (CVLC) was formed in 2018 as a result of issues brought forward at Humane Canada’s 2017 Canadian Violence Link Conference. The Coalition is committed to advance awareness, education and training about the link between violence against humans and violence against animals. The Coalition's goal is to introduce violence prevention and intervention strategies across the country and to establish policies and practices that make our communities safer.
Members of the Canadian Violence Coalition Coordinating Committee
Barbara Cartwright – Chief Executive Officer, Humane Canada
Tracy Porteous – Executive Director, Ending Violence Association of BC
Marcie Moriarty – Chief Prevention and Enforcement Officer, BC SPCA
Dallas Mack – Ontario Crown Counsel
Destiny Bedwell – Communications and Marketing Coordinator, Ontario 211 Service
Teena Stoddart – Sergeant, Ottawa Police Service
Dr. Andrew Sparling, DVM – Board Member, Ontario Veterinary Medical Association
Christine Hartig – Strategic Support Officer, By-law and Regulatory Services, City of Ottawa
Kaitlin Bardswich – Communications and Development Coordinator, Women’s Shelters Canada
Dayna Desmarais – President, SafePet Ottawa
Frances Wach – Executive Director, Saskatchewan SPCA
Michael Kelen – Retired Judge
Michelle Lem - Canadian Veterinary Medical Association
Kathy Powelson - Executive Director, Paws for Hope Animal Foundation
Canadian Violence Link Coalition Projects Underway:
- Violence Link Training for police officers across the country
- An amendment to section 160 of the Criminal Code of Canada (bestiality)
- Amending ViCLAS book to add animal abuse questions
- Amending threat assessment questionnaires to add animal abuse questions
- The National Centre for the Prosecution of Animal Cruelty’s 2018 Crown prosecutor training
- Judicial training on the Violence Link, spearheaded by The Honourable Justice Michael A. Kelen (retired)
- Animal abuse statistics recorded by Statistics Canada (police statistics)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Humane Canada statement on recent incident at Edmonton Humane Society
OTTAWA - June 7, 2018 - Humane Canada is saddened by the recent incident at the Edmonton Humane Society involving three cats being accidentally left in one of the organization’s transport vehicles. Edmonton Humane Society has acted swiftly to review and change their transfer policy and procedures in order to prevent this kind of gravely serious error from ever happening again.
This incident highlights a need for an independent review mechanism for organizations that both care for animals and also enforce the law, as more than 40 per cent of Humane Societies and SPCAs in Canada are responsible for enforcing both federal and provincial animal protection laws. Edmonton Humane Society not only supports this but is actively working to determine what the process would be to access such an external review free from conflict of interest.
Humane Canada does not support recent calls to download animal protection law enforcement responsibilities solely to public institutions.
"For 150 years now, SPCAs and Humane Societies have been responsible for enforcing the law in Canada. In fact, they make up a highly specialized unit in this country solely dedicated to the protection of animals. If animal cruelty enforcement were to be taken over by the policing sector or any other public institution, we would lose that singular focus on animals and their welfare. Animals deserve more than that," says Barbara Cartwright, CEO of Humane Canada.
Humane Canada supports oversight and transparency. In partnership with Humane Societies and SPCAs across Canada we are developing national standards and a certification program for humane societies and SPCAs. Edmonton Humane Society is a leader in this area and we look forward to our continued partnership to advance animal protection in Canada.
Humane Canada is available for comment on this issue.
For media interviews or additional information, contact:
Communications and Marketing Manager
(The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies)