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.
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”
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?”
Two years ago today, Canada’s Criminal Code was amended to make the harming or killing of police, military or other service animals a special offence. Called the Justice for Animals in Service Act, this piece of legislation is better known as Quanto’s Law.Read more “Celebrating two years of Quanto’s Law”
What do we mean when we say the word humane? And what does it mean to be a humane community or nation?
In Canada and around the world, the humane movement is about compassion, collaboration, education and action. It was built on the idea that we need to protect the most vulnerable in our society, and it’s focused on minimizing or eliminating the suffering and exploitation of animals.
The humane slaughter of farm animals is of great concern to Humane Canada (also known as the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies). Canada’s current humane slaughter regulations are weak, and enforcement of these regulations is inadequate.Read more “Farm Animal Slaughter in Canada”
June is Disaster Preparedness Month, and I took the opportunity to have a conversation with Tara Clarke, the outgoing Executive Director of Fort McMurray SPCA, to hear what the organization learned about disaster preparedness after living through the largest animal disaster rescue in Canadian history: the Fort McMurray wildfires. It’s been just over a year since the wildfires hit, and the Fort McMurray community is still in the process of rebuilding and recovering.Read more “Lessons learned from the Fort Mac wildfires”