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Zephr

Blogger and animal lover, activist, working for justice for animals in Canada's far north and Internationally Won three year battle with Northwest Territories Gov't for Animal Protection, first time in NWT history ... new NT Dog Act...protecting dogs...still fighting for comprehensive Animal Protection Act.... Member: Animal Alliance of Canada, Animal Alliance Environment Voters Party of Canada, Animal Defense League of Canada, Northern Rep and Gov't Liaison for Canadians for Animal Welfare Reform (CFAWR), Member: PETA, WSPA Founder: Action for the Protection of Northern Animals Originally from Ontario, have resided in the NWT for 6 years Actively rescued domestic and wildlife all of my life Political activist for animal welfare reform. YouTube: TundraVoices Twitter: Caprio Chandra FB Group: Action for the Protection of Northern Animals Causes: Action for the Protection of Northern Animals
Zephr has written 190 posts for Tundra Voices

Canine Profiling threatens thousands

While it has been a few years since I found it necessary to take a self imposed respite from my advocacy work, that does not mean that I have not continued to witness the continuing horrors inflicted upon the innocent.  Each and every account, each and every horrific graphic image is permanently etched into my psyche and adds to the unhealed scars that remain hidden, adding to the dark cloud that covers my very soul and which has essentially destroyed what little faith in mankind I had left.

First a question.  Do any of you still feel the knots of frustration and anger when you, as well, continue to witness the many injustices that we are bombarded with daily?  Be it the autrocities inflicted upon the human species or the animal species?  If you do not, then stop reading this post.

We are all aware of the ramifications and negative results of ‘racial profiling’.  Judging all by the actions of others, based upon their colour and beliefs.  Many likely support that notion, but many do not.  This bias is at best, motivated by fear and prejudice, and many around the world believe it to be totally unacceptable.

There is another type of profiling that is currently going on in today’s fearful society, resulting in the destruction of innocent lives and which rips at the heart of loving families.

Currently Montreal, Quebec, Canada plans to use “Canine Profiling as their bandaid solution to a problem which is not a dog problem, it is in fact a human problem!  This planned Canine Profiling is biased and prejudicial, based upon fear and ignorance (at least in this writers opinion).

Given that the Animal Legal Defense Fund lists Quebec in the Bottom Tier for Animal Protection Laws, as it has for over a decade, it comes as no surprise that the animals in this province continue to be subjugated.  A province well known for it’s continuing puppy mills and apathy.

For those of us who remember LENNOX and BRINDIE, for those of us that remember the Whistler Massacre, The Howl Heard around the World, we also remember the sheer anger, our gut knotted in disbelief and total frustration.  If you are like I am, each incident, inflicts upon you a striking blow.  It is not just the innocent life that has been taken, we lose part of ourselves as well.

Canine Profiling does not focus on the real issue.  Canine Profiling is biased, prejudicial and based upon the ignorance and fear which is a direct result of the mistreatment, uneducated handling and training of targeted breeds.  It is born from the  questionable personal agendas and the irresponsibility of far too many “humans” who own targeted breeds.

I am asking all of you who continue to advocate and fight for the lives of the innocent, to join us in our fight against Canine Profiling”.  Please help this campaign go viral by sharing.

Thank you.

https://www.facebook.com/BoycottBSLMontreal/

 

 

 

 

 

A Tribute to the Thousands who Sacrificed their lives in Support of Troops Around the World

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Remembrance Day, November 11, 2011

Around the World on this Day, we honor  the fallen human heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our right to Freedom.  We honor those who have survived the unimaginable horrors of War, those men and women who continue to suffer the after effects of the severe trauma inflicted upon them, both physically, mentally and emotionally.  It is one day out of 365 when we  stop, put aside our own hectic schedules, to acknowledge our War Heroes, our War Dead and their families.  To these men and women around the world who continue even today, to make the sacrifices our many Nations call upon them to make in the name of our Freedom and Privileges , I thank you.

In my own moment of silence, I will remember my favorite uncle Dan who served under U.S. General Patton, and who was captured by…

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BE CAREFUL WHERE YOUR DONATIONS GO!!!

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How many of us around the world are inundated with requests for donations…donations towards conservation, saving wildlife….how many of us have doled out ill afforded dollars believing that our contributions are going to preserve habitat and to save the lives of animals?

Well there are so many organizations out there, it is difficult to even keep track isn’t it?  We all want to do our part, to make a difference, to do good, to contribute in a most positive way and we should all applaud and be very proud of the contributions which we have made in the past and continue to make.

However, a word of warning:  BE CAREFUL WHERE YOUR DONATIONS GO!!!  Be careful where you send your HARD EARNED DOLLARS, for all is NOT what it appears to be.

Having been a long time supporter myself of organizations such as Greenpeace, World Wildlife Fund and the Canadian…

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LOKI is doing GREAT!!!!!

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It has been some time since I last did an update about this amazing, highly (scarily) intelligent boy.  Loki’s followers get thier updates on his FB page:  I hope you will follow him there.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Friends-of-LOKI-Sole-Survivor/188340937903082

Summer has finally arrived in the Northwest Territories and of course we are all enjoying this long awaited time.  Longer day,s higher temps and hours upon hours of daylight.  The birds are singing, the wild roses are in bloom, the Boreal Forest is thick and lush and the skies, the most amazing and the clearest of blue.

Winters here are too long, too cold and too harsh.  Temperatures are brutal, the winds off the Great Slave Lake are fierce and chilling.  One thing, if it is extremely cold, we do not get that much snow.  A small gift of the heavens to compensate for the extreme and lengthy hours of darkness we experience during winter.

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A Dear and Precious Friend has Been Called Home

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We have all had the experience of the horrid emptiness in the loss of a Beloved Animal Companion.  It matters nothing whether that companion is a cat, dog, ferret, rabbit, mouse, hamster, or even fish.  There is a gaping hole left behind, that can only be filled with the Loving Memories of a life lived well, shared with complete devotion and unconditional love.

We can relish in the yesterdays, the many pictures, the fond memories of the antics, the unique personalities, the growing and developing years from infant to mature and loyal companion.  They have silently and willingly shared our sorrows, bringing us great comfort by their presence;  they have allowed us to rant and rave, to also sit in quiet contemplation,; they have been patient and tolerant of our moods or our delays to take them for the needed quality time together of a long walk.  They have sat…

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LOKI Update: ‘Our Boy’ is just Marvelous

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So many of you have followed Loki’ story for a lot of years now.  From the early says in 2010 when I first began in the wilds with this boy, to present day, with him now part of my family.

From his days as a youngster, living feral in the Boreal Forest of the Northwest Territories Canada , when I would take food and fresh water to him each and every day and night, often 4 times a day our journey continued and our trust in each other grew.

     Watching this beautiful boy’s personality develop, his gentle and timid nature grow through out those years, was a precious gift that can never be taken from me.  The time we shared, hidden from view, from prying eyes was very special to both of us.  Silent conversations that taught me personally so much about what it is to love, to share…

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ALERT!! Please support the Animal Alliance of Canada in their efforts to stop the Ontario Spring Bear Hunt.

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https://twitter.com/Animal_Alliance

http://www.animalalliance.ca/campaigns/ontario-spring-bear-hunt.html

UPDATE:

April 17, 2014 Media Release – Groups seek legal remedies to stop re-introduction of the Ontario Spring Bear Hunt

April 14, 2014 – Notice of Constitutional Question

April 14, 2014 – Notice of Application to Divisional Court for Judicial Review

The Facts – Sault Ste. Marie Statistics (source data: Freedom of Information)

Photo: Animal Alliance of Canada Photo: Animal Alliance of Canada

Background Information – David Estrin, Julie Woodyer and Liz White

The Issue:

Until 1999, thousands of black bears were killed when they came out of hibernation in the spring, baited with garbage food and hunted down by dogs.

Now black bears will be killed as they come out of hibernation – when they are most vulnerable – when females have nursing cubs.

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Your vote is needed to prevent Ontario Spring Bear Hunt!

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You can still vote No in opposition to the Spring Bear Hunt by going to this link:
It’s important to Vote as our side has moved slightly ahead at this point.  Many thanks for the determined Bear advocates out there who found this avenue to Vote after the link on the news page had changed.
Donna DuBreuil
Ontario Wildlife Coalition
Thank you Donna for all that you do.
SUMMER IS COMING:  Thank you Sarah West for this:

HEAT: HEATSTROKE

 

Dogs eliminate heat through panting; however if the temperature of the environment is too hot and humid then panting becomes ineffective.

Normal body temperature is around 38.5C/101.4F. In cases of heat-stroke a dog’s body temperature can rise in excess of 41.6C/107F. Increased muscular effort displayed during excessive panting can also cause a rise in body temperature.

 

Signs of heat-stroke:

·         Panting excessively

·         Anxious behaviour

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Exciting News.

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Animals identified as Sentient

FRANCE

Amendment of the French Law – Animals recognized as “sentient”

The legal definition of animals will go from “personal property” to “living sentient.”

Article (Google translate): http://www.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=auto&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ouest-france.fr%2Floi-les-animaux-reconnus-comme-doues-de-sensibilite-2177929%3Futm_source%3Dfacebook%26utm_medium%3Dsocial_cm%26utm_campaign%3Dof_animaux%26utm_content%3D20140415%26utm_term%3Dof_page&sandbox=1

Now if we can get Canada’s Powers that Be to actually take their fingers out of their ears….we have been fighting for this for decades!!

Please visit:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Esdaw-European-Society-of-Dog-and-Animal-Welfare/162090127175643?hc_location=timeline

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Patience and Love Equal Transition

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LOKI Feb 16  17 and Hemi 007 So many of you have been following the story of LOKI.  The Sole surviving pup, one of 23 seized in a 2010 hoarding case in Canada’s Arctic.

Many of you are also followers of Loki on his Face Book page:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Friends-of-LOKI-Sole-Survivor/188340937903082

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Friends-of-LOKI-Sole-Survivor/188340937903082?id=188340937903082&sk=photos_streamNC Nov 30 2013 018NC Nov 30 2013 016NC Nov 30 2013 015NC Loki in the house My bed and Den 009NC - October 29 2013 007Loki joins his family  October 25 2013Loki First day in house  Oct 2013 NCHemi and Loki  Oct 13 2013 003Good boy on mom's bed Oct 2013 NCOctober 23 2013 014New Chapter Oct 14 2013 001

During the years that I spent with LOKI, on his terms, in his domain, you can only imagine the fear and anxiety I felt each day that I would venture out looking for him.  The question always in the back of my mind (would this be the day that I could not find him, or that he would not come to me when I used our signal)?  There were those days that my heart was in my throat, because I could not find him, because he did not come.  The search would then be on and I would keep going out at all hours of that day to…

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