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Lindsay Pond Beaver dam destroyed by City of Ottawa – Action Alert!!!

July 2, 2012

Lucky Pic taken by Sylvie Sabourin

Lindsay pond beaver now WITHOUT a home!!

Last year concerned citizens raised the Red Flag and protested the trapping of the Lindsay Pond beavers and the planned destruction of their dam.  A reprieve was the result.

Unfortunately Mayor Watson of Ottawa recently decided it would be a good thing to do.  Now there is a push on to flood Ottawa Mayor Watson’s office with emails and telephone calls protesting this action.

Lucky and Lily’s home now destroyed

Video footage of Lucky trying to rebuild their home:

 Mayor Jim Watson

Phone: 613-580-2496
Fax: 613-580-2509

110 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa, Ontario
K1P 1J1

As a former Ottawa resident, born and raised in the Nation’s Capital, I find it totally appalling and totally unacceptable that this politician took it upon himself to destroy the home of these animals.  It takes months for beavers to build their home, further they are symbolic of Canada, a symbol of our heritage.  How dare he!!!

Please loudly speak out for these beavers.  Video link is provided below of the destruction of their home.  I have requested to be allowed to publish pictures taken of the beavers and will post when available.

City of Ottawa destroys famous beavers’ lodge

On Friday, June 29th, 2012, City of Ottawa workers destroyed the lodge of two famous

This is my own personal letter to Mayor Watson sent a moment ago.

With All Due Respect to your Honor, Jim Watson
Mayor of our Nation’s Capital

Mr. Watson:

It is with great sadness that I have been made aware that despite the protests which you received in 2011 concerning the Lindsay Pond beavers, that you have indeed chosen to destroy the habitat of these industrious National Heritage Symbols of Canada.

Having been born an raised in Ottawa, I am more than familiar with the area in question.

While you listened in 2011 to the voices raised in protest at the planned destruction of this dam you have totally chosen to ignore these very same voices raised in 2012.

It is appalling and disgusting to me, the negative actions which you have taken with regard to this beaver habitat.  It is further appalling and disgusting, sir, that you chose to ignore the taxpaying electorate whom employ your position, office and staff.

Your actions shall be remembered.


Bonnie Dawson, Hay River, NT
Founder:  Action for the Protection of Northern Animals
Co-Founder: Canadian Animal Welfare Coalition (CAWC)

Northern Representative & Government Liaison:  Canadians for Animal Welfare Reform (CFAWR)

Member:   Animal Defense League of Canada

Animal Alliance of Canada

Animal Alliance Environment Voters Party


Nominee:  2009 International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)
Recipient:  Certificate of Nomination: CBC’s Champions of Change  2010

Author:      Philly’s Corner

I looked at all the caged animals in the shelter…the cast-offs of human society.

I saw in their eyes love and hope, fear and dread, sadness, and betrayal. And I was angry.
“God,” I said, “this is terrible! Why don’t you do something?”
God was silent for a moment, and then He spoke softly, “I have done something,” he replied. “I created you.”

A Message to the ill informed on Horse Slaughter

A Message to the ill informed on Horse Slaughter

Unfortunately those who dedicate their lives to animal advocacy  far too often come across individuals, who by way of their own choices refuse to acknowledge the terrible truth about the continued brutality waged against animals with whom we share this planet.

In some cases, it is a lack of awareness, failing to do their own required research before they make ridiculous and uneducated comments.  They, by their very own omissions of action, remain blissfully ignorant of the facts, statistics, undercover videos, documented cases and published testimonies and accounts that are witnessed by those dedicated to saving animals.

There are those too, who, because they state it is too difficult for them to view pictorial and or video evidence fail to appreciate the horrific suffering of animals around the word.

Just the other day, I commented on  a Blog Post: “Horses need a Humane society” to which one response rather blew me away.  The response implied the spread of rumours that could not be proved as well as innuendo.  Obviously the individual has failed to spend the needed research time, and while may be passionate in feelings towards horses on a personal level,  insults those of us who do put in the endless hours necessary giving these magnificent equids a voice.

Photos provided from CFAWR:  horses awaiting slaughter.  Per CFAWR:  often the horses eyes are gouged so they are unable to see and protect themselves.

Canadian Horse Defence Coalition’s Blog

The CHDC published a very informative report: “Black Beauty Betrayed” the Slaughter of US and Canadian Horses: a report on equine slaughter at Natural Valley Farms Horse Slaughterhouse in Neudorf, Saskatchewan: April 27 – May 1, 2008.  This report is a MUST read for all who believe in the sanctity of life period.

The CHDC received both video footage and pictorial evidence in May 2008 from an unknown source as to what was actually taking place at the Natural Valley Slaughterhouse.  The pictures and videos are terrifying and extremely graphic, as a courtesy to my readers I must warn you.

A great many people are dedicated to saving horses not only in Canada and the US, but around the world as well.  Many of these individuals such as Craig Downer, author of “The Wild Horse Conspiracy”, another MUST read;  Katia Louise film maker of “Saving America’s Wild Horses: A Nation Betrayed;  Monika my Colorado contact;  The Equine Welfare Alliance, The ‘Cloud Foundation’ and of course the Canadian Horse Defense Coalition..not to mention countless others as myself who continue to get the message out and to give these beautiful creatures a voice.

Sadly there will always remain those who will continue in their pro horse slaughter campaigns, spewing out their lies and propaganda to aid in the continued annihilation of wild horses both in Canada and the US to fuel their greed.  Sadly there will remain those individuals who voice un-educated comments that, if anything, point to a lack of knowledge and real understanding (having failed to learn the truth by researching the facts).  Sadly companion horses will continue to face the brutality and horrific deaths in slaughterhouses within Canada and Mexico..the US banned their own slaughterhouses years ago however there is a real push on now by pro-slaughter supports such as Wallis to have them re-opened.

Chambers of Carnage

A Sweeping Undercover Investigation of Canada’s Leading Equine Slaughterhouses

“In late February 2010, the Canadian Horse Defence Coalition (CHDC) received hidden camera footage of horse slaughter practices at Viande Richelieu in Quebec and Bouvry Exports in Alberta – the latter known as the largest exporter of horsemeat in North America. The CHDC has compelling proof that puts into question the effectiveness of the assembly-line slaughter of horses. The evidence demonstrates that both the facilities in Alberta and Quebec fail to meet humane slaughter standards used by the CFIA to audit Canadian slaughterhouses.”

Black Beauty Betrayed:

Canada continues to import US horses into this country for slaughter.  This horsemeat is then shipped overseas, may wind up in pet foods, and has already been declared unfit for human consumption.

To learn more please take the time and read these prior posts:

The pictures below are published with the permission of my Colorado contact and show show the continued inhumane roundups conducted by the US Bureau of Land Management.


These wild horses are being rounded up for slaughter, often times being knocked off their feet by helicopters used by the BLM.

Humane Observer: Elyse Gardner

Wednesday, June 20, 2012


Is it bad enough for you? Wild Horses 2


Copied and Pasted word for word at the request of Canadians for Animal Welfare Reform

Prime Minister Steven Harper and  the Honorable Kathy Dunderdale Premier Newfoundland and Labrador we would like YOU  BOTH specifically and particularly to read this (below)  Look at the numbers it does not add up?

I don’t think Canadians appreciate you supporting the seal hunt in the guise of a welfare payment program

let alone your support of this barbaric slaughter of tiny baby seals !  There is no hunt it is a misnomer!! A sealer walks up to a baby seal and spits its head open with a huge metal hook and or shoots it! It cannot run away or hide and its Mother watches distraught and crying for her baby

I challenge you both on behalf of all twenty seven million two hundred and eighty seven thousand  Canadians to go and watch and witness this bloody slaughter ?



Canadians 80%  of 34 million,108,572 of US … YES US… this is 27,287.001 people  DONT WANT this hunt

The world does not want the hunt or its bloody products !

When are you going to give this up?

You both continue to bring shame and disgust to our country of Canada and its citizens


Give it up you will though… so start providing job retraining your 6000 seal slaughter/ hunt team!!




Patronage and seals…by Ed Hollett


Thursday’s announcement by fisheries minister Darin King should give you a pretty big reminder that the local political scene remains mired in the past.


The provincial government is giving a private sector company a $3.6 million.  They are calling it a loan.  In effect, the provincial government is going to pay a cash subsidy directly to fishermen to kill twice as many seals as the company involved could buy. That’s according to a company official at the news conference on Thursday.


Interestingly enough, this is exactly the type of subsidy that helped to decimate the cod stocks since it encourages fishermen to over-harvest the resource.  The excuse for it is much the same as well:  it is supposedly just bridge financing to help the industry get through some difficult times now. Things will get better in the future.


There’s no truth in it of course.  There never has been.  Those are just the official excuses the politicians need to avoid the decisions that are tough but that would actually improve the fishery.


Even more interestingly, there’s a growing international effort to wipe out these subsidies. Yet while people around the world are trying to change the behaviour that led to the loss of our fish stocks, the locals are just carrying on as if everything was just peachy.


This looming change in the fishery and the fish markets is part of the story behind the more recent fisheries crisis, by the way, but that’s another issue.


One sentence in the seal subsidy release leaped out.  it’s down towards the bottom. It’s vague and written in the passive voice, which likely means the person who wrote the release was just filling up space.  Here’s the claim:


The value of the industry to the provincial economy has been estimated at close to $100 million in total in recent years.


has been estimated”.


By whom?


Well certainly not the provincial government.  The fisheries department website gives information for three years.  They are from a time before the most recent collapse of the markets:


The Sealing Industry contributed on average approximately $16 million to harvester’s income, and approximately $37 million to the provincial economy in the last three years:


1.    2006: approximately $30 million in landed value and approximately $55 million to the provincial economy.

2.    2007: approximately $11 million in landed value and approximately $32 million to the provincial economy.

3.    2008: approximately $7 million in landed value and approximately $24 million to the provincial economy.

4.    From $30 million in landed value and $55 million in total in 2006 to a mere $7.0 million in landed value and $24 million total value two years later.


So $100 million in total value to the economy?  Only, if you add up a bunch of years and that doesn’t seem to be what they meant.


This province won’t have a viable, local fishing industry in the future as long as the provincial government sticks with bad policy ideas like doling out cash to fishermen and local companies as they did in the seal announcement on Thursday.





Thank you on behalf of baby Canadian Seals



Sarah West Founder/President

Canadians for Animal Welfare Reform (CFAWR)

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Animals in Canada’s Far North: Information, Links and Resources

by Bonnie Dawson

As the questions often being submitted for me to answer did not allow me to  fully address the Platform for the Animal Alliance Environment Voters Party of Canada the information provided here is something which I would hope all of you will take the time to actually look at.

Please take the time to view many of these links being provided to you, and to listen to my interview with George Lessard (CBC volunteer blogger).  This information was also sent to Mr. Lessard as well and will be sent to those reporters with whom I have conducted live taped interviews which can be linked to here.

video for interview

Below you will find a great deal of the materials I have researched well and the information below more than proves the Link between Violence Against Animals and Human Violence, which ties into the reports that the NWT has the highest Rate of Violence per Capita than anywhere else in Canada;  this in turn ties into family health and wellbeing, the need for lengthier jail terms for repeat violent offenders, improved programmes to be developed and implemented to address repeat violent offenders, need for more womens shelters.  Please pay particular attention to the issues involving the domestic and child abuse relating to animal cruelty.  I have done my research very well.  I will include these links in the body of this email so you can readily access, may I suggest that you print the body of this email so that you will have a hard copy of the links for future reference.

The need for readily accessible Veterinary care will aid in curbing dog population explosions, rabies and parvo outbreaks that can be transmitted to wildlife, and help prevent dog attacks:  see CHIRP Report.  More animal shelters need to be built and run by qualified professionally trained individuals and additional animal relocation programs set up to place rescued animals outside the territories.  Qualified Animal Cruelty Investigators are needed to assist in the hands on one on one assessment of animals in crisis, so that it is not left up to the opinion of individual By-Law Officers or Legal authorities who do not have the education nor the qualifications in Animal Welfare and Care.

How an animal is treated reflects the possible abusive life within a home, we already see evidence relating to bullying in NT schools, children who perhaps are subjected to the same abuse in their own homes vent their anger and frustrations on others, their classmates and often animals.  As proven by the published research papers this often leads to future violent acts in adult years.  Animal Cruelty is recognized as a Pathological Syndrome and needs to be recognized as such in Canada and around the world…please read full article as linked from the NY Times

This link Existing Criminal Code Animal Cruelty (2) is the current Federal Criminal Code and you will find the particular Sections  whereby the animals themselves are evidence of neglect, an indictable offense under the F.C.C.

Also included are a number of pictures received from the BDRSPCA located in Inuvik.  These are only just a few. Picture from Legacy of the North is one of the two surviving Pokiak dogs in Tuk .  Linda Eccles BDRSPCA president filed an Animal Cruelty Report with RCMP, however nothing was done to help these dogs and no charges were ever laid.  The brown dog is an animal found in the region of Paulatuk, alive and literally frozen to the wooden floor of his doghouse, left chained and abandoned by owners who had moved.  The link below is from the NNSL Archives which reflect the violence against a family pet that in turn caused severe trauma to family members.

Pokiak's dogs

animal found in the region of Paulatuk

Taloyoak man jailed for ‘vicious’ attack on family pet

I do hope you will take the time…
Please note that a great deal of this material was provided to the GNWT Ministers during my battle for Animal Protection for the NWT, as well as approx. 3K petition signatures and comments which came in from the Americas and Internationally. I will continue to work towards the Comprehensive Animal Protection Act that is needed in the NT.

Sandy Lees addresses NT Legislative Assembly in 2005 for the need of Animal Protection in NWT; unfortunately she did not follow through.

February 9, 2005 – NWT Hansard (copyright Government of NWT)
Sled Dog Country

Evaluation and delivery of domestic animal health services in remote communities in the Northwest Territories: A case study of status and needs

CVJ / VOL 51 / OCTOBER 2010   Anyone interested in obtaining reprints should contact the CVMA
office: for additional copies or permission to use this material elsewhere.

CHIRP  REPORT: Injuries associated with … Non-Fatal Dog Bites

Animal Protection is most certainly about protecting the animals, usually properly cared for and well socialized animals, do not attack  unless provoked or trained to do so.  The recent number of sled dog attacks causing injury and in some cases death is preventable and alarming.

Please contact the Injury and Child Maltreatment Section, Health Surveillance and Epidemiology

Division, by PHONE at (613) 957-4689, by FAX at
(613) 941-9927 or visit our website at

a great deal of information is contained on Pet Abuse site as it related to the Link between Animal Cruelty and Human Violence and how to recognize animal cruelty
PETA Website
Peta Action alert on sled dogs


Animal Cruelty and Human Violence: The Link

Veterinary Services Department, Drs. Foster & Smith, Inc.
Holly Nash, DVM, MS

Animal abuse, child abuse and domestic violence

Government of Alberta: Animal Abuse and Family Violence

A1The following content paraphrases Alberta SPCA’s March 2002 publication Animal cruelty and family violence: A resource book for Albertans. Retrieved July 20, 2009.

The Violence Connection:  Publication put out by Canadian Federation of Humane Societies Canada

Looking Out for Family Pets

Recognizing the Connection between Animal Cruelty and Family Violence
by OWJN, October 3, 2001

The Animal Abuse-Human Violence Link

“One of the most dangerous things that can happen to a child is to kill or torture an animal and get away with it.” – Anthropologist Margaret Mead

EXCERPT FROM THIS LINK:  Quebec Society for the Defense of Animals

“Significantly, the connection between human-to-human violence and animal cruelty has long been recognized by progressive human and animal welfare agencies. Almost universally, child abuse in a home is accompanied by abuse to the family pet. Juvenile acts of animal cruelty are strong indicators pointing to escalating violence later in life”

Department of Justice
Understanding Family Violence and Sexual Assault in the Territories, First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples

Canadian Crime Statistics, 2007
by Mia Dauvergne

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