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IN THE MEDIA
- When it comes to animal rights, report finds Canada’s legal system needs improvement
May 1, 2022
Vancouver is Awesome
“A new report from Humane Canada shows gaps remain when it comes to how animals are recognized in the law.“ Read full story here.
- Canada’s animal safety, welfare laws ‘lacking,’ Humane Canada says
April 21, 2022
Veterinary Practice News
“Helping prepare a roadmap to ensure the Great White North is a safer place for animals, people, and the environment is the goal of a new release from Humane Canada. “ Read full story here.
- Potential pet owners: Prepare for thousands in bills before bringing home a furbaby
April 18, 2022
“Those costs are more than just pet food and toys, says Kathy Duncan, director of national programs for Humane Canada. “In the first year of ownership costs are usually higher because there are typically higher veterinary costs and startup vaccination series,” Duncan says. “ Read full story here.
- Pet industry embraces opportunities as owners return to work
April 17, 2022
“COVID really demonstrated how much Canadians love animals,” said Barbara Cartwright, CEO of Humane Canada, whose members include Humane Societies and SPCAs across the country.” Read full story here.
- Trying to put pet food security on better footing with a National Pet Food Bank Program
April 12, 2022
“Humane Canada is a federation of SPCAs and humane societies. It’s trying to put pet food security on better footing with a national pet food bank program. We talk to Barbara Cartwright who is the CEO of Humane Canada.” Listen to full story here at the 30 minute mark.
- They fought a zoo — Ontario towns grapple with exotic animal owner
January 30, 2022
“This makes it impossible to even estimate how many animals are kept in captivity in backyards or roadside zoos, according to Kathy Duncan, director of national programs with Humane Canada, a national organization representing SPCAs and humane societies.” Read full story here.
- Canada Pet Ownership Statistics to Know in 2022: How Many Canadians have Pets?January 12, 2022
The Comfy Shop
“The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies maintains a database of pet ownership laws in each province and territory.” Read full story here.
- 10 Canada Animal Shelter Statistics & Facts to Know in 2022
January 10, 2022
“Humane Canada reported the lowest euthanization rates ever, with only 10% of dogs in shelters being euthanized. Of this number, only 2% were healthy dogs that could not find homes.” Read full story here.
- In Some Ways Animals Fared Better During COVID
December 26, 2021
“Humane Canada’s annual report on animal shelter statistics concludes that the pandemic caused some positive trends for companion animals.” Read full story here.
- “It’s a lifetime commitment:” Northeast SPCA asks people to think twice before gifting a pet
December 24, 2021
“According to Humane Canada, there was a 25 per cent decrease in intake of cats in 2020 compared to the previous year, and a 28 per cent decrease in dog intake.” Read full story here.
- Cats are a hit during pandemic, according to adoption records
December 19, 2021
“The number of cats adopted in Canada in 2020 was at the highest rate ever, with almost 70% of cats taken into shelters adopted. Euthanasia rates of cats were also way down, according to Humane Canada.” Read full story here.
- Positive trends for shelter animals: report
December 14, 2021
“These statistics inspire optimism for Canada’s shelter animals” says Dr. Toolika Rastogi, Senior Manager of Policy and Research at Humane Canada and report author. “As a result of organizations pivoting to a community-centered model, we are seeing adoption increases, euthanasia decreases and more lost animals going home.” Read full story here.
- BC dairy farm makes the news for scenes of animal abuse
November 10, 2021
“Barbara Cartwright, CEO of Humane Canada, said the situation at the Cedar Valley Farm is “next in a long line of evidence that farmed animals are suffering. The industry and government refuse to act and Humane Canada condemns their lack of action to protect animals on commercial farms.” Real full story here.
- National animal-welfare group condemns ‘shocking footage’ at Abbotsford dairy farm
November 5, 2021
North Delta Reporter
“The science is overwhelmingly clear that farmed animals are capable of cognitive thought, emotion, pain and suffering. They lack the ability to consent to or control their treatment by humans, which makes them highly vulnerable to abuse,” Cartwright said.” Read full story here.
- Humane Canada Criticizes Cedar Valley Dairy Farm in Abbotsford on Animal Welfare, SPCA Comments
November 5, 2021
Fraser Valley News
“This new report of suspected animal abuse on another BC dairy farm is just the next in a long line of evidence that farmed animals are suffering while industry and government refuse to act,” said Barbara Cartwright, CEO of Humane Canada.” Read full story here.
- Saskatchewan SPCA crafting standards to ensure rescue animal well-being
November 2, 2021
“It’s an opportunity for us essentially to professionalize the industry in the sector, increase the care for those animals, ensuring that there are certain standards of care,” said Tara Hellewell, the organization’s director of donor relations and national engagement.” Read full story here.
- Central Alberta animal shelter overwhelmed by record-setting pet surrenders
October 23, 2021
“Tara Hellewell at Humane Canada believes there could be a multitude of factors at play. “It could be economic factors, sometimes families break up, housing difficulties, the inability to bring a pet into a new home,” said Hellewell.” Read full story here.
- Crowded with cats, Lower Mainland animal shelters are looking for forever feline families
October 23, 2021
“Barbara Cartwright, the head of Humane Canada, which represents humane societies, SPCAs and animal rescue organizations across the country, said at the end of the summer they were not seeing any notable difference in the numbers of pet surrenders among their members.” Read full story here.
- Humane Canada Attracts More Attendees and Boosts Engagement by Going Virtual
“Increased attendee numbers, nurtured new connections and conversations, and delivered better value to sponsors at their virtual Humane Canada Summit for Animals (formerly the National Animal Welfare Conference). ” Read full story here.
- Righting Canada’s wronged animals
September 10, 2021
“In living memory, there hasn’t been a recognition of either the importance of animal welfare or protection. It’s clear that politicians are finally waking up to the fact that Canadians care about animals. More than 60% of Canadian homes have animals, with 90% of Canadians who own animals perceive them to be part of the family,” said Barbara Cartwright, CEO of Humane Canada.” Read full story here.
- Corbella: O’Toole’s Pet policy is No Joke — It’ll Help Save Human and Animal Lives
September 2, 2021
“We’re very excited. In our living memory this is the first time, to our knowledge, that a major party has included a section in their platform on animal welfare. It’s not just a line on animal welfare, but a whole section — about five pages — and then he (O’Toole) brought it out front (Monday) very boldly, which I think is an indication that politicians are really waking up to the fact that Canadian voters care about animal protection and animal welfare,” said Cartwright.” Read full story here.
- We Spoke To A Toronto Family About Pet Adoption & Why Local Animal Shelters Are So Important
September 1, 2021
“According to a 2019 report from Humane Canada™, more than 100,000 cats and dogs end up in the country’s animal shelters every year.” Read full story here.
- Some animal rescues warn pet surrenders are rising as pre-pandemic life returns
July 25, 2021
“Despite these reports, the head of Humane Canada, which represents humane societies, SPCAs and animal rescue organizations across the country, says they aren’t seeing any notable difference in surrenders among their members. “In fact, in some cases, we’re seeing surrenders going down,” said CEO Barbara Cartwright.” Read full story here.
- How Accommodating Pets in Domestic Violence Shelters is Helping Save Lives
July 9, 2021
“We say to police officers, if you go into a domestic violence situation, look for signs of animal abuse because evidence shows they likely coexist, and to flip that around, if you are responding to an animal abuse case, look for signs of domestic violence and child abuse.” Read full story here.
- Canada Goose Fashion Brand to Stop Using Fur by End of 2022
June 24, 2021
“We applaud Canada Goose’s commitment to end the use of all fur by late 2022 and the leadership position they are taking in their industry,” said Barbara Cartwright, chief executive of Humane Canada.” Read full story here.
- Canada Goose Commits to Going Fur Free
June 24, 2021
“This is a significant step forward toward building a more humane and sustainable world. We applaud Canada Goose’s commitment to end the use of all fur by late 2022 and the leadership position they are taking in their industry,” said Barbara Cartwright, CEO of Humane Canada.” Read full story here.
- Humane Canada’s Powerful PSA Makes a Point on Disposable PPE
June 23, 2021
Little Black Book
“Humane Canada’s powerful new spot shows the importance of cutting facemasks strings in order to keep wildlife protected. Since the start of the pandemic, disposable facemasks have become a day to day regularity. However, the disposing of these masks has led to animals suffering the consequences.” Read full story here.
- ‘We felt compelled to speak up:’ Nanoose Bay dog owners demand tougher animal cruelty laws
June 18, 2021
Nanaimo News Now
“Hannah Brown, the agency’s criminal justice reform program manager, said evidence shows stricter punishments and strengthened rehabilitative programs are required for animal abusers. “There’s a very clear link between abuse towards animals and violence towards human beings, and that was reflected in this case in the psychological report,” Brown said.” Read full story here.
- How the pandemic pet boom went bust for some dog owners
June 17, 2021
“Usually when puppies reach around the 10- to 12-month mark, if they haven’t received proper training or proper socialization, some owners can become frustrated and then the puppy goes back to the shelter,” says Natalia Hanson, media representative for Humane Canada, Canada’s membership-based federation of SPCAs and humane societies. “But we haven’t seen that happen yet.” Read full story here.
- Empty animal welfare promises a bad look for the food industry
June 13, 2021
“Humane Canada reports that approximately 90% of egg-laying hens are currently held in battery cages in Canada.” Read full story here.
- The Push to Protect Lab Animals in Canada
June 7, 2021
“In a joint statement, Animal Justice, Humane Canada and the Canadian Society for Humane Science applauded the move as an important first step in ending the painful and often deadly practice of toxicity testing involving tens of thousands of animals each year in Canada..” Read full story here.
- Animal sentience legislation: Canada should follow the UK
May 28, 2021
“Recognizing sentience of animal in our legislative framework is critical…” Read full story here.
- Pelham Cares reaches out to gardeners, pet lovers
May 26, 2021
The Voice of Pelham
“The LCHS received a grant of $3,500 to purchase pet food, made possible by Humane Canada.” Read full story here.
- Donation Will Help Hungry Pets Across Niagara
May 14, 2021
Newstalk 610 CKTB
“The Lincoln County Humane Society in St. Catharines has received a grant of $3,500 from Humane Canada, to purchase pet food for their Pet Food Bank Program.” Read full story here.
- Ottawa Humane Society recognized for high-quality animal welfare by Humane Canada
April 23, 2021
“These organizations are caring for some of the most vulnerable in our society — animals. Standards and accreditation is a way of promoting confidence and signaling to the general public that an organization has achieved best practice and is trustworthy.” Read full story here.
- Too many new pet owners, not enough vets make getting animal care a problem
January 25, 2021
Humane Canada says 78,000 cats and 28,000 dogs were in shelters across Canada in 2019. Sixty-five per cent of the felines and 73 per cent of dogs were either adopted or reclaimed by their owners. Read full story here.
- Unfarming: New P.E.I. farm sanctuary offers unwanted animals a home
January 23, 2021
“We have certainly seen a growth in farm sanctuaries across Canada and this indicates to us a needed and welcome shift in the way Canadians view farmed animals.” Read full story here.
- Courtenay-Alberni MP recognized for animal welfare leadership
January 4, 2021
Commox Valley Record
“The passing of this bill was a clear example of what we can achieve when we work together. It is an honour for our organization to recognize the trailblazing leaders who worked tirelessly for over five years to pass this bill. We look forward to continuing to work together towards building a more humane Canada.” Read full story here.
- Brock expert appointed to Canadian human-animal Violence Link Coalition committee
January 19, 2021
The Brock News
“Dr. Coulter’s expertise in this field is invaluable in ensuring the CVLC’s ambitious plans continue to be driven by evidence-based research. She joins other distinguished professionals on the committee including representatives from the RCMP, the veterinary community, women’s shelters, animal protection organizations, the judiciary and the prosecution community.” Read full story here.
- ‘The reward is worth it’: For some pet adoption centres, 2020 was a banner year
December 21, 2020
“We know that there is some decrease in adoptable dogs and this is unfortunately driving up some people who are just looking to breed dogs for profit. We need to do our due diligence in ensuring that we’re not inadvertently supporting a puppy mill operation, because if the demand doesn’t decrease, the supply will never decrease.” Read full story here.
- Education campaigns have drawbacks: prof
December 17, 2020
The Western Producer
“It strikes me that if vets, farmers, animal welfare workers are all undergoing very similar stresses, that first of all we need to think about why that is because we’re all intersecting with animals, and second, thinking about the negotiation table, how challenging it is to come to negotiation if we lack communication, we lack understanding about each other.” Read full story here.
- COVID surge in dog demand has shelters, breeders urging caution
November 23, 2020
Regarding adopting a dog from a humane society, SPCA, or rescue: “Several hundred applications for one dog, it’s not uncommon to see that.” Read full story here.
- Spaying, neutering and controlling feral cat populations shows compassion
August 12, 2020
“The impacts of this overpopulation are serious and include cats languishing in shelters long term, or worse, succumbing to stress-related illnesses. For cats who remain outdoors, risk of disease transmission, as well as illness, injury and death are daily realities.” Read full story here.
- Bill 156: Security from trespass or ag-gag?
July 9, 2020
The Lawyer’s Daily
“Welfare and treatment of farm animals is one of the focuses of Humane Canada. It recently posted on social media that the fight is not over, “… we will continue to oppose AG Gag Bills that are already being drafted in other provinces.” Read full story here.
- Pets, vets, vaccines and the pandemic: Animal and human health entwined more than ever in COVID times
July 3, 2020
“We expected that there were going to be more animals surrendered to shelters because as people started to lose their jobs, …….we were expecting them to not be able to afford veterinary care, food and medication for their pets.” Read full story here.
- Former staff, volunteers and adopters allege EJ Rescue hoarded dogs, hid info and failed to supply proper care
June 29, 2020
“Humane Canada says there needs to be a comprehensive animal welfare law and regulation that governs animals in Canada“. Read full story here.
- N.B. animals shelters struggle financially amid COVID-19 pandemic
June 15, 2020
“Animal shelters have been denied local emergency funding for charities because animal welfare isn’t included in the funding criteria and funding shelters is not considered a priority. Read full story here.
- The New Reality: The appeal of the pandemic puppy
May 31, 2020
“Humane Canada reports adoption numbers are up between 20 and 60 per cent across the country during ongoing pandemic…..the breeders have also seen an increase in demand, with litters selling out months before conception.” Read full story here
- More pet cats getting abandoned amid housing crunch: Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Association
May 31, 2020
“Extrapolating the data provided by Humane Canada projected that more than 600,000 homeless cats in Canadian shelters did not find new homes in 2011.” Read full story here.
- PetSmart Charities of Canada announces $20,000 grant for animal welfare groups
May 19, 2020
“Humane Canada strengthen local support for communities through access to veterinary services, pet food banks, and compassionate boarding for pet owners suffering from COVID-19 or fleeing domestic violence.” Read full story here.
- Should you adopt a pet during the COVID-19 pandemic?
April 16, 2020
“We suggest people should have an emergency preparedness plan for their pets during the pandemic……the suggestions include preparing an emergency kit for pets.” Read full story here.
- Canadians urged to include pets in their emergency plans
April 8, 2020
The Globe and Mail
“Humane Canada suggests making sure that their furry friends observe social distancing from other animals and humans because in rare cases the animal can become infected as well.” Read full story here.
- Canadians must include pets in coronavirus emergency plans, advocates say
April 8, 2020
“Humane Canada, which represents humane societies and SPCAs across the country urges Canadians to consider their pets as part of their COVID-19 emergency preparedness.” Read full story here.
- ‘She will reoffend,’ say animal rights advocates after April Irving given lifetime ban in one province
Dec. 13, 2019
“It’s very easy for people who hoard or puppy mill operators to be charged and convicted in one province — and move to the next. And we see that very clearly in the April Irving case.” Read full story here.
- The Pet Expert: New Animal Cruelty Laws Being Introduced in Ontario
Nov. 7, 2019
The Meaford Independent
“Crown prosecutor training is a breakthrough for Ontario in animal welfare….. It will strengthen relationships between enforcement and Crown leading to more convictions for animal abusers.” Read full story here.
- Ontario to introduce new animal welfare legislation
Oct. 29, 2019
“It is important to train prosecutors in animal cruelty cases……as it strengthens relationships between enforcement and Crown leading to more convictions for animal abusers.” Read full story here.
- Ontario introduces tougher penalties for animal abuse
Oct. 29, 2019
“The extra training for Crowns was hailed as a “breakthrough in Ontario for animal welfare” by Barbara Cartwright, chief executive of Humane Canada.” Read full story here.
- Opinion: Why the CFL’s Grey Cup rodeo is a huge marketing blunder
Sept. 23, 2019
“Animal welfare organizations including, Humane Canada work towards the ultimate abolition of the rodeo’s narrow cultural appeal.” Read full story here.
- Humane Canada Applauds Passing of Bill C-84 by Senate of Canada
June 19, 2019
“Bill C-84 gives prosecutors the ability to bring charges of animal abuse and sexual assault where in the past, they could not,” says Barbara Cartwright, CEO, Humane Canada.” Read full story here.
- “Chicken Whisperer” Receiving Prestigious National Animal Welfare Award For His Pioneer Research
April 8, 2019
“This award, which has been given out since 1985, acknowledges outstanding contributions to animal welfare in Canada…” Read full story here.
- Many animal welfare workers suffer from compassion fatigue: Humane Canada
March 6, 2019
“The people who work hard to help animals in crisis are becoming vulnerable themselves. It comes with sleeplessness, nightmares a general irritability and unhappiness.” Read full story here.
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