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.
There has been much by way of emailing between parties with reference to the controversial No Kill Movement, and in addressing the issues and conversation that ensued, I have received permission from Ms. West to copy and paste her response in one of her communiques. My own comments are made first and I agree wholeheartedly with Ms. West.
Over population is definitely NOT and animal problem. It is in fact a HUMAN problem period! Every single day, in every single town, city and province countless kittens and puppies are born and cats and dogs are either turned into shelters, are found abandoned and dumped. Why, because educating the masses as well try to do, stressing the need for spay/neuter is being totally ignored by the ignorant, the money hungry and the irresponsible pet owners not only in Canada but elsewhere throughout the US and every country on the Globe. It is a HUMAN problem. We see it everyday, and we clean up the mess and horror left behind.
As far as the laws governing companion animals in this country, we all know how archaic and antiquated these laws are, yet each time a new Bill is brought before the House to improve the legislation and declassify animals as mere property, it is voted down by the current government in power. Further, shelter funding for the most part is not subsidized by provincial or federal funding and often depends solely upon donations. What municipally owned shelters there are, are dictated to by the municipal bureaucrats who dictate!!
Over burdened shelters, and especially No-Kill Shelters trying so desperately to find forever homes for those in need, unlicensed back yard breeders, the human failures of spaying and neutering companion animals, the total lack of responsible pet owners and the failure of municipal, provincial and federal government to properly address the issues of inadequate veterinary services in many areas across Canada, the Federal Legislation, the lack of very real animal protection By-Laws within our communities, municipalities and not having enough qualified, fully educated Animal Cruelty Investigators within each SPCA, town, city, municipality and province/territory is also part of the problem.
We need the powers of Seizure to save distressed animals held in the confines of ongoing neglect, disregard and failures to provide the necessities of life. Here in Canada, we need the powers that are given to SPCA’s within the US. Here instead we must depend upon the local police forces for seizure and quite honestly folks they have enough on their hands and distressed and abused animals are the last of their concerns.
Major movements within this country and elsewhere, as Sarah has pointed out, must have one focus to be effective Any problem regarding animal welfare is NOT a single faceted one The No Kill Solution is taking the shelters to task. This is one of the problems we have with bad shelter management, lack of cooperation with rescues, not socializing dogs and the list goes on!
We have seen the scandals surrounding the OSPCA, my God my computer files are enormous on that particular issue alone. Then you take into account the Whistler case, that massive slaughter was unnecessary and fueled only by greed and a failure to effectively monitor such operations. The subsequent investigation into the slaughter was too little too late, and the outcome of the judgement issued by the Courts for this mass murder was merely a slap on the wrist.
WE must, support each other. WE must be united period. WE must not criticize or judge that which is being done by any one group or organization in their fight to end cruelty to animals in this country or anywhere else period. Dissention among the troops proves only to make the army very shaky and ineffective. While one has the right to disagree, and I will defend that right, we all have one common goal and purpose..to save animals. Since the Federal Government shows total disrespect and total disregard, often branding many of us as ‘terrorists’ if we speak out against the lack of very real Animal Protection, cutting off charitable status to organizations that openly oppose current ridiculous antiquated legislation and policies..we have only each other from which to draw strength and resources.
Ms. West writes:
Areas of Focus That must be Addressed Regarding Pet Overpopulation and Animal Cruelty
If we have groups and movements taking on any of these’ issues of this multi-faceted program…. it is a good thing! No one group can do it all and we cannot criticize each other if any one of us feel that something is fundamentally wrong with a specific group then don’t work with them Keep doing what you are doing, but I feel other than that we must work together as Bonnie says.
Think about this list above. This is a huge problem almost beyond comprehension but we can neither be “ overwhelmed” or critical. All efforts are helping and the No Kill movement may be doing some things you don’t like but the fact that Nathan Winograd has started this is a good thing. Many animals lives have been saved by his movement and that is a good thing regardless. I for one glad am he is on the ground fighting back with the No Kill Movement
All of us have to pick one focus and working on creating a dove- tail relationships with others who have a different mandate and focus! It is out of “ combined” efforts that will and do make a difference for all the animals we care for so deeply.
We can’t change other countries but we can all come together to do what we can for Canada and her animals and creatures, wild, marine, stray ,farm and companion.
Sarah West Founder/President
Canadians For Animal Welfare Reform (CFAWR) www.cfawr.org
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Call me CRAZY, call me TOO SENSITIVE. Call me AN ACTIVIST. Call me AN ADVOCATE…..Call me ANGRY, FRUSTRATED, DISGUSTED, APPALLED, FED UP, DISCOURAGED!!!
Call me whatever you like, but NEVER call me APATHETIC. Never call me COMPLACENT.
Every single day, 24 hours a day, in the news there is something about the horrors inflicted on animals somewhere. In our towns, our cities, our neighborhoods and across the globe. Every day, 24 hours a day there is something about the destruction of habitat, our fresh waterways, our ozone layer, our overall environment. Perfect example is the decision of Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, despite the outcries of protest, to destroy the home of Lucky and Lily, the Lindsay Pond Beavers. In response to the emails his offices received, a rather canned response was issued, I know I got the identical response others have received.
In the news every day, 24 hours a day, there are published accounts of man-kinds inhumanity against our own species. Wars plague our planet, the fight for freedom and for democracy continues. Wars rage against tyranny. There are wars evolving around religion, wars of politics, war for land, for resources, the subjugation of human rights and freedoms. Wars are big business, wars create jobs and make money for the politicians and the vast innumerable companies that manufacture arms of destruction. Wars make humans disposable items, just as humans have made animals disposable, made our waterways, our lands disposable.
There are wars in our schools, wars in our neighborhoods, continued child abuse, spousal abuse, domestic violence is on the rise. Mutilators of animals turned mutilators of people. Wars between drug lords, wars among street gangs, wars with our neighbors, wars in every single aspect of our lives.
The biggest war is our personal war to survive period., to pay our bills, to support and feed our families and to keep a roof over our heads, to cover medical costs and to just get through each day as best we can.
Unfortunately far too many do not, far too many just say to hell with it, suicides are on the rise, addictions are on the rise, mental illness is on the rise, murder/suicides are on the rise. People are snapping, losing it, you see it every day in the newscasts.
Is it me or has all of mankind inhabiting this beautiful planet gone absolutely mad??
From the continuing Middle East crisis, that has not changed over the centuries, nor will it ever; the Euro catastrophe; the issues here at home and pretty much everywhere: the rising cost of living, the rising unemployment, the rising interest rates, the famine and crop failures coupled with increasing droughts in some countries, the increased natural disasters across the globe, the negative health effects suffered by First Nations and others due to Canada’s dirty oil and planned expansion in Alberta…the millions of taxpayer dollars ill spent by our politicians in their continuing bid to ensure Canada’s sealing industry continues, the unwanted pipelines that pose risk to our environment, wildlife and communities are pushed through; the continued Canadian importation of US horses for slaughter, the continued horrific slaughter of Canadian horses, the devastating cruelty in Factory Farms and the horrific suffering of these animals in fires due to the lack of proper safeguards. The violation of human rights here at home and around the globe.
Add to the above the lack of affordable housing, cuts to social programs, the lack of proper health care in Northern communities…increased taxes, hungry children across our land…and MOST of all the deaf ears of politicians to the voices of the people….MY GOD, where will it all end???
Here in Canada, Harper has gutted Environmental Protection despite the loud voices of protest across this country. Revenue Canada is now charged with the responsibility to pull Charitable Status from any organization that speaks out against the policies of Harper’s Government.
Here in Canada, unless one is independently wealthy or has a substantial nest egg, Canadians are now being forced to retire at age 67 rather than at 65. Is this a ploy to ensure that Canada Pension will remain in the coffers of government….that hopefully many of us will be dead before we are able to collect the benefits which we have paid into all of our working careers??
Would it not be nice if our politicians stopped wasting our tax dollars on propaganda campaigns hoping to lull us into a false sense of security as well as attempting to lift EU bans that are in place on Sealing products or attempts to convince countries outside of Canada to by dirty oil? Or to fulfill personal agendas? Or to waste our money on all the fixings for the last G Summit held in Toronto? Or to launch insulting campaigns against each other during the election process? Count the many ways your tax dollars are wasted…can anyone count that high?
Wow, then there would be money for all our Pensions, all of our health care needs and social programs.
We would not have needed the “Black out. Speak Out” campaign!! that so many participated in across our country.
Oops, did I say that…am I provoking thought…oops again.
Throughout human history, we have an extremely dismal past. If anything the centuries clearly show that despite our so-called technical advances, our medical miracles discovered, we have failed miserably as an overall species to live in harmony with each other and the world around us.
Everything we have ever come in contact with, including each other, our environment, our wildlife, every living organism on this planet, has been manipulated, controlled and destroyed due to a superiority complex infused with ego, greed and a self centered pathology.
My favorite phrase (put more politely) is that if one does not like what I have to say, does not wish to know the truth, then one can walk away. Calling it as I see it, and voicing my personal opinion (as everyone has the right to do) often creates a great deal of controversy, at times negative, however it also provokes thought.
All of us are on the brink, that very fine thin line and unless there is extremely positive action to reverse the centuries of accumulated damage to human thinking, the human misconceptions and current way of life, society today across the globe will go the way of the Aztec, the Mayan, the Roman Empire, and the Egyptian Empire just to name a few. All great civilizations in their own right, that by their own actions, produced their decline and extinction.
I am not a harbinger of doom…..I see the reality…I do not have my head stuck in the sand…I shout from the rooftops, I reach out, try to educate as best I can.
Each and every one of us, has within us an untapped strength and the ability to make positive change in any area and or issue that we now face on a global scale. Each and every one of us has the Free Will to do so, to take a Positive Stand, to Reach Out, to Shout Loudly not only through our words but also our Actions.
What are you prepared to do? Are you prepared to join those of us who continue to fight the good fight against unfair odds? If so I applaud you, if so I am grateful to you!
My dearest mother and sole living relative asked me what I wanted for my coming birthday…my answer..to just once listen to the radio, or watch TV news broadcasts, or pick up a newspaper where there were very real Happy Stories instead of the continued barrage of doom and gloom.
Imagine a news broadcast that featured only good things? Is that at all even possible?
Here is one bad story with what is hoped will be a happy ending for one severely injured cat.
‘Lucky’ cat gets life-saving treatment and TLC in Etobicoke
Anyone wishing to help cover the high medical costs for “Lucky” can do so. Donations may be sent to:
Long Branch Animal Clinic
3459 Lakeshore Blvd. W. Toronto, Ontario M8W 1N2 Vets names are Dr. Yvonne Worthy and Dr. K. Zimmerman……
telephone 416 251-6787 fax 416 251-0853 and www.longbranchanimalclinic.com
My rant is now done. Thank you for taking the time to read and to comment.
Each and everyone of us, every person on the Planet can and does make choices every day of their lives.
We can choose to be complacent and inactive, figuring someone else will step up the plate, or we can take an active role to make positive and much needed change. Ultimately it is your decision and yours alone.
Having chosen my path at an extremely young age, I have continued to remain true to my belief that all living creatures, no matter how big, or how small have an inherent right to life, an inherent right to a life of quality.
I learned very early on about birth and death. Awestruck by tiny featherless chicks in a Robins nest, fascinated by the tadpole that would become a frog, watching the birth of puppies and kittens, glorifying as I became so much a part of their developing lives and personalities. I have experienced the pain of deep loss having had beloved pets die in my arms, as well as those I rescued often too sick to survive as well.
I have shared the grief felt by the animal companions in my home which they felt so deeply at losing one of their own.
I have participated in programs whereby I visited respite care facilities with my two gentle Cavaliers, Rodney and Bentley (R.I.P.) and I experienced the joy and excited smiles and reactions of those patients at the sight of these loving little dogs.
I have seen how animals play such in important role in healthcare. How sensitively they respond to a terminally ill child or elder. I have witnessed how straight a child will seat a horse, a child who otherwise may walk crookedly due to a disability, or how a child who may be autistic and none responsive to human contact will light up and respond to an animal.
We all have a choice, and I made mine a very long long time ago. Often facing opposition to my views, and having to respect the rights of others to oppose me. I will forever follow my beliefs, and I will forever defend and speak for those who cannot, regardless of the criticisms I may receive. I made a choice, I am whom I am and if I ‘dance to my own drum’ then I dance with the knowledge that I have shared so may precious lives, that I have experienced the unconditional love that only an animal can give, and that I have made a positive difference to each and everyone one of them, yet nothing can equal the gifts I received from each of them.
Please enjoy this most Beautiful Video, it will bring tears to your eyes. It did mine.
Be a Guardian