Cosmetic Testing: 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.
Victoria Horse Alliance: Victoria Horse Alliance is a community advocacy project of the Animal Alliance Environment Voters. We believe it is time for the horse-drawn carriages of Victoria to be banned for the inhumane practice of forcing horses to wade through city streets and endangering public safety.
Here are the three main issues of concern that we have brought forward to the City of Victoria in the interests of the horses used in the horse carriage industry.
There is documented evidence of ongoing animal cruelty, which has been reported to the BCSPCA.
There are substantial safety concerns related to the horse carriages from collisions with vehicles to hospitalization of tourists and citizens of the City.
At its foundation, this is animal exploitation and is forcing animals to perform for profit. The City of Victoria specifically has a bylaw banning such animal performances and especially in the context where inhumane treatment of animals is taking place.
These are the current issues that we have documented and brought to councils attention. We attempt to maintain up to date material on our website, but the best way to be sure you have the most up to date information is to contact us directly.
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. However, our fight continues as these agencies continue to target species including deer and cormorants.
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.
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.
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.
For two years we observed at court a case between the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Maple Lodge Farms. The case centered 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. Over the years, the poultry company had scores of monetary penalities levied by the CFIA for animal transport infractions. On March 27, 2014, Maple Lodge Farms was convicted.
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 1,589 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; in 2011, 3,009 birds; in 2012, 3,663 birds and in 2013, 2,490.
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 for more information.
We continue working with municipalities across Canada who want to implement progressive and humane animal care and control programmes.
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.
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