The Issues

Campaigns:

Cosmetic Testing on animals:  We are making common cause with LUSH cosmetics and Humane Society International (HSI) to convince Canadian politicians to do in Canada what their European Union (EU) counterparts have already done: ban the testing of cosmetics on animals.

European countries began implementing bans on testing cosmetics on animals in 1998.  The ban went EU wide in 2009.  In 2013, the EU is scheduled to stop the importation and sale of cosmetics that have been tested on animals outside of the EU.  If the EU politicians can end the cruelty of testing cosmetics on animals, so can Canadian politicians.

Click here to learn more.  And visit the Animal Alliance of Canada website today.

Fighting wildlife culling: We continue to fight wildlife “resource” managers across the country from designating animals as “overabundant”, a classification that managers use as an excuse to conduct massive killing programmes. These agencies include Environment Canada, Parks Canada, provincial resource agencies and conservation authorities.

Because of your support, we have been very successful with Canada geese and after a year long fight, we’ve stopped the cull of deer in Sifton Bog, a wildlife area in the city of London Ontario.

However, our fight continues as Parks Canada plans a moose cull in Gros Morne National Park, the Government of Saskatchewan has authorized a coyote cull that has resulted in the death of 71,000 animals and the Government of British Columbia is planning a helicopter hunt of wolves, cougars and bears. In addition, the Government of Nova Scotia is also instituting a coyote cull.

We are working in British Columbia to prevent any additional deer culls, which are being considered by a number of municipalities.  Several conducted culls already.  Click on the following link to read our critique in response to documents provided by the Ministry of Environment and others:  Developing a Progressive Non-Lethal Human/Deer Conflict Resolution Strategy for British Columbia

Human-Wildlife Conflict Prevention Programme: We continue to work with organizations across Canada and the United States to develop human-wildlife conflict prevention programmes. These programmes are designed to prevent human/wildlife conflicts and develop non-lethal solutions where conflicts occur.

In addition, we are working to encourage governments to assist wildlife rehabilitators who take care of orphan and injured wildlife, who are the victims of conflicts.

In municipalities in BC, we continue to oppose deer slaughters.  We produced a report regarding the issue in Invermere and the Capital Regional District, and recently submitted a complaint to the Ombusdsperson of BC regarding what we believe is a conflict of interest in Cranbrook between the municipality and the contractor hired to trap and slaughter the deer.  Thanks to local animal protection groups, we are being kept informed as the issue progresses.

Click here to read our report

Media Release: October 2012 – Death of Saanich deer demonstrates cruel realities

October 4, 2012 – Saanich News article – Poacher kills deer with green arrow in Saanich

And in a number of municipalities in Ontario targeting beavers, we have been working to protect beavers and their homes and promote humane, non-lethal solutions.

Click here to read our report to the City of London on beaver
in the  Stanton Creek

Farm Animals:

In 2001, Animal Alliance of Canada and the Animal Protection Fund released a study, prepared by Canadian lawyers, entitled Anything Goes – An Overview of Canada’s Legal Approach to Animals on Factory Farms. Anything Goes debunks the common notion that animals raised for food are treated “humanely” and exposes abusive and often horrendous practices that are becoming increasingly common across the country. Animals raised in intensive confinement live entirely unnatural lives marked by stress, fear, pain, isolation and a variety of surgical mutilations.

Click here to download Anything Goes

Transport: Canada’s present animal transportation regulations are so extreme that they cannot be labelled anything but cruel and inhumane. The transport regulation timelines are now – 57 hours of continuous transport for cows and 36 hours for pigs – without food, water or rest. Our political party has joined with other animal protection organizations to change the regulations.

On October 28, 2009, Alexandra Mendès, Liberal Member of Parliament for Brossard – La Prairie, Frank Valeriote, Liberal Member of Parliament for Guelph, Ontario, and Alexander Atamanenko, NDP Member of Parliament for British Columbia Southern Interior tabled Bill C-468 to amend the regulations to bring them in line with transportation times in the European Union.

We have been observing at court for nearly one year a case between the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Maple Lodge Farms.  The case centers on two animal transport infractions involving high numbers of dead broiler chickens and spent hens en route to the Maple Lodge slaughterhouse in Brampton, ON.  In recent years the poultry company has had scores of monetary penalities levied by the CFIA for animal transport infractions.  Court hearings continue.

Seal Hunt/Canadian Seafood Boycott – two victories: Thanks to the work of hundreds of animal protection organizations world-wide, including our party, we achieved victory in 2009 when the European Parliament voted to ban the importation of seal products into the 27 member states.

Liberal Senator Mac Harb made history by introducing a private member’s bill on March 3rd, 2009, and reintroduced the bill in 2010 as Bill S-207, calling for an end to the commercial seal hunt. A second senator, Conservative Senator Lowell Murray, seconded the bill, but it is still being prevented from being discussed in the House.  Click here to read more.

As a result of our political work, the Nova Scotia Minster of Natural Resources stopped the 2010 commercial killing of grey seal pups on Hay Island, a part of the protected Scaterie Island Wilderness Conservation Area. We will continue the fight to make sure that the hunt is ended permanently.

The Canadian Seafood Boycott is one of the tools that our party and a coalition of organizations are using to pressure the Canadian government to end the seal hunt for good.  The boycott applies economic penalties to Canadian fishermen, who also kill seals and whose governing federal and provincial agencies so assiduously promote and defend the hunt.

Cormorant slaughter:

Point Pelee National Park: Parks Canada implemented the third of a five year killing programme for cormorants on Middle Island, a bird sanctuary that is part of Point Pelee National Park. In 2009, Parks Canada killed 1589 cormorants, significantly below their stated target of 4,000. We hope to stop the killing altogether but at minimum to keep the number of birds killed as low as possible and to document the cruelty of the cull. However, in 2010 Parks Canada managed to kill 3,625 cormorants and in 2011, 3,009.  To date, the number of cormorants killed in 2012 has not been disclosed.

Tommy Thompson Park: The Toronto and Region Conservation Authority staff who manage Tommy Thompson Park, in downtown Toronto, continue to take an enlightened approach to the cormorant colony, which is the largest on the Great Lakes.

Protection of companion animals:

Saving Dinah, a community feature film,  is our latest endeavour.  Please visit the Saving Dinah website or click here to read our July 2012 “Dear friend” letter.

We continue working with municipalities across Canada who want to implement progressive and humane animal care and control programmes, such as in the City of Calgary.

We are currently focused on Quebec and Ontario because they use more dogs and cats for experimental purposes than any of the other provinces in the country.

For more information, visit our “Resources” section

If you have any questions or concerns
please call us at 416-462-9541 or e-mail liz@environmentvoters.org

Thank you all for making this progress for the animals possible!