BY: Dr. Jane Young, Chair, Women for Humane Canada
When I look back to my early childhood (as much as my memory will allow it!), two powerful images come to mind. My love for animals and my love of teaching. My dominant happy times were with our family dogs and also “playing teacher” with my friends (I can recollect the wonderful patience of our Irish Setter, Shannon and toy poodle, Cocoa sitting quietly as students in my pretend classroom). I also vividly remember my parents instilling in me that “dogs rule” and that there needs to be compassion, kindness, and equality for all species.
Read more “Advancing Animal Welfare with a Multigenerational Approach”
This fall, Alberta and Ontario introduced American style “ag gag” legislation that targets people who would report poor farmed animal conditions, abuse and cruelty. Typically, this type of legislation contains provisions that prohibit people from deceiving their employers and taking or possessing photographs, video or audio recordings without the farm owner’s consent, and levies significant fines to deter this kind of action.
Read more “It’s an ‘Ag Gag’: Farmers in Canada shift away from transparency, silence whistleblowers, and increase the vulnerability of farm animals”
In June before the federal election call, we said that 2019 was shaping up to be a very good year for animals, and we were right. 2019 was a year where we can truly celebrate many improvements in animal welfare. Let’s take a look back…
Read more “Humane Canada’s Top 10 Wins for Animals in 2019”
Halloween is a fun time of year for humans, but it isn’t always the case for pets. A parade of strangers in even stranger outfits ringing the doorbell can cause anxiety, and there are a number of threats to them – human and otherwise – on Halloween night.
Read more “Nine ways to keep your pet safe on Halloween”
Follow these safety tips below for a safer and happier Halloween for your pets.
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Humane Canada statement on recent incident at Edmonton Humane Society
OTTAWA – June 7, 2018 – Humane Canada is saddened by the recent incident at the Edmonton Humane Society involving three cats being accidentally left in one of the organization’s transport vehicles. Edmonton Humane Society has acted swiftly to review and change their transfer policy and procedures in order to prevent this kind of gravely serious error from ever happening again.
Read more “Humane Canada statement on recent incident at Edmonton Humane Society”
I recently attended my first Humane Canada National Animal Welfare Conference in Calgary. To say it was an unforgettable, life-changing experience would be a major understatement.
Read more “A movement for a humane nation”
Now that 2017 has come to a close, Humane Canada (also known as the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies) is once again asking: are things getting better or worse for animals in Canada?
Read more “2017 in Review: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly in Canadian Animal Welfare”
Have you heard that Humane Canada is presenting Canada’s first national conference on the violence link in December?
If you aren’t familiar with the violence link, it’s the proven link between violence against animals and violence against people. This can manifest in many ways, including a pet being harmed or killed after a woman leaves an abusive relationship or a serial killer practicing his or her abuse on animals before moving on to human beings. Over the last decade, this pattern has come to be known as the violence link.
Read more “What do human and animal abuse have in common?”
It’s International Homeless Animals Day, a day that, for the past 25 years, has been highlighting the crisis of companion animal overpopulation and its solution: spay/neuter. In most of Canada today, this crisis is centred around our most popular companion animal – the cat.
Read more “TNR and rethinking our concept of “home””
Happy International Cat Day – the day dedicated to celebrating our extraordinary feline friends! There is no denying that cats are endearing and playful companions with whom we share the most special of bonds. Today is a day to revel in the specialness of that human-cat bond and the distinct place these animals hold in our lives.
To celebrate, we want to help you to gain a better understanding of cats! Here are 4 things you might not know.
Read more “International Cat Day: Four facts you didn’t know about cats!”